THE 23RD CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR QUATERNARY RESEARCH
“Southern African climates and environments in a changing world: A view from the Quaternary”
25 – 30 September 2022
The congress will be held in person in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
St Lucia is in northern Zululand and is a popular tourism hub nestled between the St Lucia Estuary, the Indian Ocean, and the the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
St Lucia Ecolodge | St Lucia Ecolodge Website
Self-catering and B&B accommodation is available at the conference venue:
Special Conference Rates (15% discount) will be offered to delegates who book at the venue.
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There is also a variety of other accommodation options in St Lucia to suit a range of budgets.
Conference dates: 25th – 30th September 2022
Abstract submissions deadline: 15 July 2022
Financial support deadline: 15 July 2022
Registration deadline: 15 August 2022
Sunday 25th September: Arrivals and ice-breaker (boat trip St Lucia Estuary):
The Hippo & croc cruise start time is 15h45, meeting point is the conference venue
Monday 26th September: Day 1 presentations
Tuesday 27th September: Day 2 presentations
Wednesday 28th September: Field excursion (departure: 07h00)
Thursday 29th September: Day 3 presentations, SASQUA Business Meeting (BGM) and Conference Dinner
Friday 30th September: CREST workshop (optional) / departures
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Daily conference attendance fee: R500
*Non-salaried = students, ECRs, postdocs
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Registration fees include daily lunches and refreshments, boat trip, field excursion and conference dinner.
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Itinerary for the day: morning drive from St Lucia EcoLodge to Mission Rocks, Catalina Bay, then on past Mfabeni overview to Cape Vidal beach for lunch. After lunch return trip over Bhangazi berm and Eastern Shores loop road back to St Lucia. Afternoon loop through Western Shores reserve with stops at Pliocene beach and Makakatana overview, then back to the lodge.
[30 September 9:00 – 15:00]
The CREST (Climate Reconstruction SofTware) technique has proven to be a flexible tool for reconstructing climate from various palaeoecological datasets (e.g. pollen, rodents). In particular, it has successfully been employed to reconstruct multiple climate parameters from different regions of southern Africa. To enable its use by the broader community, CREST is now encapsulated in a dedicated R package crestr. The goal of the workshop is to introduce the package and provide guidelines on how to produce high-quality reconstructions. In particular, I will 1) describe the fundamental theory that underpins the model, 2) demonstrate how the different R functions can be parameterised to best model the data and 3) help participants format their datasets and produce preliminary reconstructions. Details about the method and package can be found here:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTERS
Oral presentations: 12 minutes talk with 3 minute question time
Posters: A0 size, portrait orientation
For the safety of all delegates, all Covid-19 health protocols will be observed. Participation is limited to fully vaccinated delegates or those with a valid medical exemption.
St Lucia falls within a low risk malaria area. The KZN Department of Health does not recommend antimalarial drugs for low risk areas. Consult this map for further information: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/malaria/riskmap.pdf
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