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INQUA XX to be Held in Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) has announced that the 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) will be held in Dublin in 2019. Following an extended and very competitive bidding process, Dublin has been selected over the other candidate cities Zaragoza (Spain) and Rome (Italy).

The congress takes place every four years, and was held this year in Nagoya, Japan, where the bids were presented.

3,000 delegates are expected to attend the congress in 2019, for a seven-day lecture programme at The Convention Centre Dublin, with further extended excursions throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK.

Catherine Dalton, President of IQUA, made this announcement: “On behalf of the IQUA committee and the IQUA membership I am delighted to welcome the successful bid to host the 2019 International Union of Quaternary Research (INQUA) Congress in Dublin. The congress will showcase the Irish landscape, promote Ireland’s research reputation, facilitate the dissemination of our research activities to a wider audience and attract world-class scientists to the country. The successful award of the 2019 INQUA Congress truly demonstrates an accomplishment far beyond what would be expected given the relatively small size of our academic community.”

Welcoming the win for Dublin, Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism, Fáilte Ireland, emphasised that “Fáilte Ireland was delighted to support the bid for this conference through our Conference Ambassador programme which provides assistance to Irish members to bring their international association conferences to these shores. International Conferences are a key target within our plans to grow tourism in Ireland. With the average delegate worth three times more than a holidaymaker, international conferences sustain and grow tourism businesses throughout the year - particularly outside the summer season. This conference alone is worth an estimated €4.2million to the Irish economy so we were delighted to work with Pete Coxon from Trinity College to support the bid.”

Nick Waight, CEO of The Convention Centre Dublin, said “We are delighted to have been chosen as the venue for this prestigious scientific meeting and look forward to welcoming it to Dublin for the first time.”

Keynote PCO is a specialist conference management company for international congresses, and has worked with the Irish committee to secure this important event. “We’re very pleased that INQUA has awarded this prestigious congress to Ireland, and recognised the efforts of the Irish society in its proposal as hosts for a global audience”, said Dr. Noel Mitchell, Managing Director of Keynote PCO.

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