INQUA NETHERLANDS is the Netherlands' national representation in INQUA, the International Union for Quaternary Research. Many countries have long had their national INQUA-related organization (BELQUA, Belgium; DEUQUA, Germany; QRA, England; AFEQ, France, IQUA, Ireland), and so has the Netherlands. For most of the 20th century, there was �INQUA Committee Nederland�, an independent committee that acted under the umbrella of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). It played an active role in the world of Dutch Quaternary research and senior Quaternary scientists will remember the (mini)symposia and excursions as well as the meetings where our Quaternary research was debated. Those took place indoors and in the field, and were very pleasant, stimulating meetings with participants from many different disciplines.

However, in the 1980ies the number of activities organised by the INQUA Cie Nederland decreased and in the last years only the Committee members attended their annual meeting. Consequently, the impact was very restricted and hence it was decided to incorporate INQUA Cie Nederland in the new established Earth and Climate Council (RAK) of the KNAW. The result was that INQUA-Nederland became less visible, nationally as well as internationally. For many Quaternary scientists active in the different Dutch research institutes, this situation was very unsatisfactory . At a meeting in Leiden (April 2002) representatives of the research groups expressed their interest in the establishing an active organisation and decided to explore the possible revival of INQUA Cie Nederland. Consultation with Prof. S.B. Kroonenberg (chair RAK at that time), mrs. A.M. de Gier and ms. L.A. Groen (KNAW) resulted in the reestablishment of INQUA-Nederland. An executive committee and a preliminary advisory board were formed for the intra-congress period 2003-2007.

To inform the Dutch scientific community about the plans and to discuss the objectives and structure, a meeting was organised by the Earth and Climate Council, INQUA-NL and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences on the 24th of October 2003, Trippenhuis, Amsterdam. The theme of the meeting �Looking forward to� the Quaternary� indicates the organizers intention to discuss the past, but to look forward in doing so. The Dutch scientific community was informed on the current activities of INQUA. A short report on the XVI INQUA Congress (Reno, USA) highlighted the current issues in Quaternary research. A number of speakers on various topics were invited (abstracts [PDF]). The large number of participants to the meeting and their expressed interests for Quaternary research / INQUA-Netherlands made the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) continue their support to the revived INQUA-NL Committee.

For download | KNAW-RAK meeting 'Looking forward to... the Quaternary', 24 October 2003 [PDF]


INQUA-NL encompasses a broad field of interests and covers a variety of scientific disciplines that refer to e.g. the geological, climatological, biological and archaeological developments of the past 2.6 million years of the Earth�s history.

The objectives of the Committee are:

  • to attend to INQUA's interest in the Netherlands and to represent the Dutch Quaternary Research community in INQUA;
  • to distribute INQUA information to (amongst) the Dutch research community;
  • to stimulate communication between and cooperation of Dutch Quaternary scientists in their research and education.

We see it as our task to enforce INQUA-NL by being active and display our activities such as:

  • organising lectures,
  • organising one day symposia at one of the Dutch research institutes,
  • convening sessions at the biannual Netherlands Earth Sciences Congress (NAC)
  • providing a website that is up to date to the Quaternary.

These are ambitions that can only be achieved with the support of the entire Dutch Quaternary research community.
However, it is important to have ambition, also in Quaternary research.

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Since 1963, the Netherlands Quaternary community is affiliated with INQUA through the
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). KNAW's Advisory Council for Earth and Climate (RAK, Raad voor Aarde en Klimaat) has delegated this task to the INQUA-NL Committee. Since 2008, the RAK has merged into KNAW's Council Earth and Life Sciences.

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