This year we reflect back on 8 years of ASQUA in the Asia. The ASQUA, Asian Association for Quaternary Research, was proposed in 2007 during the International Symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Japan Association for Quaternary Research(JAQUA). It aims to serve as an important platform for scientific communication and cooperation among the Quaternary scientists from Asia. The 1st ASQUA Conference was held in Beijing, October 19–23, 2009. During the 1st Conference, it was decided at the business meeting that the ASQUA conference would be held in Asian countries every four years during the inter-Congress period of INQUA, and the host country would decide the date, the location and the theme.
The 2nd ASQUA Conference was held on 9–15 September, 2013 in Ulan-Ude, Russia and was jointly organized by the Geological Institute of the Siberian Branch of RAS, the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the INQUA Commission on Stratigraphy and Chronology. The second Conference was devoted to the latest results in the Quaternary research of Asian countries and adjacent regions, and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Igor M. Gromov, an eminent world-known scientist on mammal palaeontology and former leader firstly initiating the study of extinct small mammals in Western Transbaikalia. Special volume of Quaternary International (v.355, 12 January 2015) was published with the theme of the “Advances in the Quaternary of Interior Asia.”
The 3rd ASQUA Conference will be held in September 4-8, 2017 in Jeju Island, Korea. The KOQUA, Korea Association for Quaternary Research, will organize for the 3rd ASQUA Conference in commemoration of 100th anniversary of the KIGAM, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources. The local organizing committee of the 3rd ASQUA Conference warmly invites colleagues and friends around the Asian countries to join the conference.
As we surge forward on a new wave of changes in future earth, the 3rd ASQUA conference provides an opportunity to integrate experiences, knowledge and perspectives of Quaternary sciences in the Asia to ensure sustainable use of our precious earth resources, as well as to maintain clean and healthy communities and ecosystems.