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2nd Meeting Romney Marsh, Kent (UK) 2006


2nd Meeting Romney Marsh, Kent (UK) 2006

A joint INQUA – IGCP 495 Meeting

International Conference and Field Trip on:

Holocene land-ocean interactions: driving mechanisms and coastal responses

Romney Marsh & Dungeness Foreland

9th July – 12th July, 2006

A conference and field meeting to Romney Marsh and Dungeness, organized jointly by the UK working group of IGCP Project 495 and the INQUA Commission on Coastal and Marine Processes.

This conference and field meeting was the second annual meeting of the UK IGCP Working Group for IGCP project 495 (Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: Driving Mechanisms and Coastal Responses). The meeting aimed to address the key themes of IGCP495 by providing a one-day scientific session comprising academic papers and a poster session, followed by a two day field trip to the spectacular coastal lowlands and gravel foreland of Romney Marsh and Dungeness. The main aim of the field programme was to present new research findings arising from two major English Heritage-funded projects that have sought to reconstruct the landscape history and human occupation of this major depositional system. Our emphasis was on “re-thinking” the ways in which we reconstruct past coastal change, using a combination of existing and new techniques of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction focused on the theme of Holocene land-ocean interactions.

The number of delegates was restricted to 40 for logistical reasons and applications will were processed on a first come, first served basis. We anticipated a mix of UK and overseas attendees, and particularly welcomed postgraduate students who were developing their research careers.

Conference Location
The Conference was held at Wye College, in the delightful town of Wye, Kent, situated in the valley of the River Stour, 5 miles (8 km) from Ashford, 10 miles (16 km) from Canterbury and about 60 miles (100 km) from London. There are excellent motorway and rail connections from Wye to continental Europe via the cross-channel services of the port of Dover and Le Shuttle and the car passenger service from Eurotunnel.

Transport can be arranged to and from Ashford Station for delegates, if required, with pick-up planned for Sunday afternoon (July 9th) and drop-off at c. 5 pm on Wednesday (July 12th).

Ensuite accommodation was provided for delegates at Wye College and this cost was included in the registration fee.

Conference fee: UK STG£260
(This package included accommodation for three nights, a conference programme and abstract book, fieldtrips to Romney Marsh and Dungeness, refreshments at coffee and tea breaks, lunches on three days and dinner on three evenings, including a conference dinner which was held at Lympne Castle.

Provisional Programme

Sunday 9th July
17.00 – 18.00 Poster Display and Registration
18.00 Dinner
19.00 – 20.30 Welcome and Introductory Lecture

Monday 10th July
Themed Sessions – we invited submissions based on the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Methodologies for reconstructing and dating
  • Theme 2: Coastal Resilience
  • Theme 3: Human Coastal Interactions

18.30 Conference Dinner at Lympne Castle – 18.30 for 19.15

Tuesday 11th July
Fieldtrip to Romney Marsh Depositional Complex
A packed lunch will be provided
Dinner and transport will be organised at a local restaurant

Wednesday 12th July
Fieldtrip to Dungeness Foreland
Packed lunch provided
5.00pm Delegates departed from Ashford Station

Conference Organisers

Professor Antony Long
Department of Geography
Durham University
South Road
e-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 1913
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 1907

Dr Andy Plater
Department of Geography
University of Liverpool
Roxby Building
L69 7ZT
e-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 151 794 2843
Fax: +44 (0) 151 794 2866

Dr Martyn Waller
School of Earth Sciences and Geography
Kingston University, Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
e-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8547 2000
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8547 7497