International Focus Group on Tephrochronology


Important Announcement !
Next inter-congress meeting

The 2nd circular is now available

Crossing New Frontiers - Tephra Hunt in Transylvania

We are very pleased to advise that the 2nd circular for the INTAV conference in June year, "Crossing New Frontiers: Tephra Hunt in Transylvania, Sun 24 June-Fri 29 June, 2018", is now available and ready to access. The URL is given below.

The 2nd circular comprises an online website (kindly hosted by Bayreuth Univ) for the conference and has all the details needed to find out more about the meeting and the stunning venue, how to register and pay fees, book accommodation, upload abstracts, select oral or poster presntation, find out about field trips and book the 3-day postconference field trip, apply for student/ECR travel grants, etc.

Topics covered on the website include:

  • - Home
  • - Key dates: VERY IMPORTANT as we have 'early bird' (discounted) registration fees, note deadline for ECR travel grant applications
  • - Keynote speakers:a stellar line up
  • - Program (some main themes listed, more are likely to evolve as papers come in)
  • - Information and abstract submission (young scientists travel grants, publication of papers)
  • - Fees and payment
  • - Venue and transport
  • - Registration
  • - Organisers and sponsors

We especially encourage all to have a look at the website now and to check out some of the images and videos of the wonderful mountain location of Moieciu and surroundings near the city of Brasov (under "Venue and transportation"). Early career researchers (graduate students, postdocs) have an opportunity to apply for travel grants to help get you to the meeting (conditions apply - see the section "Information and abstract").

The registration fee for the conference includes a one-day intraconference field trip to Persani volcanic field, Dracula's Castle (etc) for all participants as well as meals and other items during the conference.

The postconference trip, “Late Quaternary Carpathian volcanism and Lower Danube paleoclimate: implications for establishing an integrated tephrostratigraphic framework” (Fri 29 June to Sun 1 July, ending at Bucharest), truly has something for everyone over the 3 days. It is to be booked and paid for separately. Numbers may be limited hence please book your place early!

Accommodation is a separate item to be booked directly with the conference resort hotel. Note that a special discount has been negotiated by the organisers (use a special code when booking: INTAV-RO).

Romania, Europe
June 24-29th 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the next inter-congress meeting of the International Focus Group on Tephrochronology and Volcanism (INTAV) is to be held in Romania. The venue is the Resort ‘Cheile Gradistei’ Fundata, on the karst plateau of Fundata, Moieciu de Sus village, Romania. It is near to several late Quaternary volcanic centres and the loess fields of the Danube-Black Sea area, where tephra has played an important role in providing chronology for these sequences. The INTAV executive would like to thank Daniel Veres and the local organizing committee for offering to host INTAV, and to welcome us to such a geologically diverse and culturally-rich region that is a bit off the beaten path. The conference, together with several possible workshops, promises to be a truly interesting, informative, and memorable event. A special feature will be a 50th anniversary commemoration of the publication of the first paper on the use of the electron probe to analyse glass shards as a correlational tool for tephrochronology (D.G.W. Smith and J.A. Westgate, 1968, Earth & Plan. Sci. Letters 5, 313-319).

INTAV and the LOC are applying for funding support from INQUA, PAGES, and other sources to help support students, early career researchers, and scientists from countries with low GDPs, to attend the conference. As well as local intra-conference trips, post- or pre-conference field trips may be offered.

Information of the conference on the keynote speakers and others.

Local organizing committee:

Romanian Academy and Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania
(tephrochronology, paleoclimate)
Prof. David Karatson, ELTE Budapest, Hungary(geomorphologist, volcanologist)
Dr. Ioan Seghedi, Romanian Geological survey
(volcanologist, geochemist)
Dr. Alexandru Szakacs, Sapientia University, Cluj, Romania
(volcanologist, geochemist)
Dr. Ulrich Hambach, Chair of Geomorphology, University of Bayreuth, Germany
(loess magnetism and paleoclimate)
Dr. Alida Timar-Gabor, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romanian Academy
(OSL dating)
Prof. Cristian Panaiotu, University of Bucharest, Romania

LinkIcon2nd circular

LinkIconFirst Circular: INTAV Crossing New Frontiers

romania_satelite.jpgGoogle Earth view of Brasov.
romania_map.jpgDistribution of the Neogene to Quaternary volcanic rocks in the Carpathian-Pannonian region. Figure modified from Harangi and Lenkey, 2007.
romania_town.jpgBrasov: by Constantin Barbu -