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The African Quaternary: environments, ecology and humans conference and workshops

30 January – 7 February 2015, Capetown, Southafrica

Thanks to the GSGS, I could attend the first AfQUA conference at Capetown, which deals with Quaternary environments and humans in Africa. During the session “Quaternary human-environment interactions in Africa: archaeological, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives” I presented the first results of my PhD thesis in my talk “Late Pleistocene Rock Shelter Stratigraphies and Palaeoenvironments in Northeastern Africa - Case Study Mochena Borago (Ethiopia)”. The content of the talk draws on the basis of my first publication, which is in preparation.

I was interested in attending this conference since my PhD project is about palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in Ethiopia. The PhD program is affiliated to the CRC 806 that deals with Quaternary human-environmental interaction (www.sfb806.de). Therefore, the conference was a great opportunity to connect with Quaternary scientists working in Africa to solve problems through their experiences. I got to know scientists working in the same field and study areas as I do, which was very helpful.

After the conference I could attend the workshop “Analysing palaeoecological data in R“ given by S. Juggins. There I learned how to analyze my data for future analyses. The course was extraordinary useful for me, especially because S. Juggins is a highly competent teacher. He also provided a useful tutorial book with every useful palaeoenvironmental data analysis.

Warm thanks again to the GSGS and DFG for funding my travel to AfQUA conference, it was the most useful conference ever for me. 

Svenja Meyer

PhD student

PhD project: “Late Quaternary terrestrial archives and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in southwest Ethiopia”

Institute of Geography, Collaborative Research Centre 806

Late Pleistocene Rock Shelter Stratigraphies and Palaeoenvironments in Northeastern Africa - Case Study Mochena Borago (Ethiopia) (Oral)