• From the founding idea of a handful of Limnogeologists in 1993, spurred on the by the strides being made by lake drilling programs at the time, the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL) had its first international conference in Copenhagen in 1995 and was finally incorporated as an association by its third international conference in 2003 in Tucson, USA.


    The association was led by Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch from its formation until her death in May 2016, and the solid foundation that Beth began is being continued by the current Board of Directors. As Beth stated, lake basins are dynamic systems that respond to environmental interactions that are recorded in the basin sediments. This is the guiding theme of the IAL.


    IAL links those who realize that the study of lake basins, both modern and ancient, is important and topical. Limnogeology is a young geoscience with a unique and valuable place among frontier research topics. Limnogeology will maintain such an exciting and prominent position well into this century because the discipline provides information needed for many high priority fields such as paleoclimate and paleohhydrology, resources exploration (oil and gas as well as minerals and brines), environmental protection and water resource assessments, as well as forming a basis for future climate modeling.


    A meeting of the association has been held every four years since 1995, and will continue with expanded symposia that bring together IAL and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA).


    The Code of Regulations of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Limnogeology can be found here: IAL Bylaws.

    IAL was founded by Beth Gierlowski-Kordesch

    Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch led IAL from its formation until her death in May 2016. A tribute to Beth and her great work can be found at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10933-016-9915-1.

  • News

    The website for IAL IPA 2021 is now live! Please visit https://www.ial-ipa2021.com/ to find out more about the meeting. Pre-registration is open, full registration will open June 2020. IAL IPA 2021 invites session proposals. Contributions are welcome on any aspect of lakes through time and...
    Dear All We are delighted to announce that the next Joint IPA-IAL meeting will take place in Bariloche, Argentina from 21-25 March 2021. The conference venue will be the BEC (Bariloche Events and Conferences). You can see some images on the BEC website at http://www.barilocheeventos.com/ The...
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  • Who Are We

    Current board of the IAL

    Michael R. Rosen



    Julieta Massaferro



    Blas Valero-Garcés



    Jennifer Scott



  • Concha Arenas


    Margarita Caballero


    Jack Lacey


    Adriana Mancuso


    Daniel Ochieng Olago


    Michael Smith


    Nicolas Waldmann


    Liping Zhu


  • Awards

    IAL W.H. Bradley Medal

    The IAL W.H. Bradley Medal is given to a limnogeologist who is outstanding in their field, shows dedication and service to the field of limnogeology and has contributed outstanding ideas and innovation to the field, including seminal publications. The medal is named after the geologist Wilmot Hyde Bradley.



    The IAL board would like to solicit your nominations for the next Bradley medal winner (to be awarded at the IPA-IAL joint meeting in Argentina 2021). The next deadline for nominations is 1 December 2020; early applications are welcome. Further information on the nomination process and criteria can be downloaded here: Bradley Medal Nominations.


    Previous Medal Winners

    2018 IPA-IAL Stockholm, Sweden: Andy Cohen (USA)

    2015 ILIC6 Reno, USA: Jean-Jacques Tiercelin (France)

    2011 ILIC5 Constance, Germany: Beth Gierlowski-Kordesch (USA)

    2007 ILIC4 Barcelona, Spain: Mike Talbot (Norway)

    2003 ILIC3 Tuscon, USA: Tom Johnson (USA)

    1999 ILIC2 Brest, France: Kerry Kelts (USA)

  • IAL IPA Joint Meeting 2021

    Bariloche, Argentina

    Lagos Memorias del Territorio Lakes as Memories of the Landscape


    The next Joint IPA-IAL meeting will take place in Bariloche, Argentina, from 21 to 25 March 2021.


    The venue is in a fantastic location on the shores of Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains.


    Conference website https://www.ial-ipa2021.com/


    Call for sessions https://www.ial-ipa2021.com/call-for-sessions/


    Pre-register your interest in attending the conference here. Registration will launch June 2020.

  • Meeting Calendar

    3-8 May 2020 Vienna, Austria

    Abstract deadline **15 January 2020**

    25–28 October 2020 Montréal, Canada

    Short course and technical session proposal deadline: **1 February 2020**

    AGU Fall Meeting 2020

    7-11 December 2020 San Francisco, USA

    IPA-IAL Joint Meeting 2021

    22-25 March 2021 Bariloche, Argentina

    10–13 October 2021 Portland, Oregon, USA

    AGU Fall Meeting 2021

    13-17 December 2021 New Orleans, USA

  • Publications

    International Limnogeology Congress

    ILIC1 1995

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Abstract Volume

    ILIC2 1999

    Brest, France

    Abstract Volume

    ILIC3 2003

    Tuscon, USA

    Abstract Volume

    ILIC4 2007

    Barcelona, Spain

    Abstract Volume

    ILIC5 2011

    Constance, Germany

    Abstract Volume

    ILIC6 2015

    Reno, USA

    Abstract Volume

    ILIC6 2015

    Reno, USA

    Field Trip Guidebook

    IPA-IAL 2018

    Stockholm, Sweden

    Abstract Volume

  • Partners

    The International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) exists to advance the science of paleolimnology and its applications, and promote the interests of paleolimnology globally. The association holds an international conference every three years (joint meeting with IAL), which brings together paleolimnologists and other scientists and users of paleolimnological information. The IPA facilitates an effective means of communication among paleolimnologists, other scientists, and users of paleolimnological information, and provides general support and coordination to the international paleolimnological community. The goals of the association are linked with the goals of the main publication vehicle for paleolimnologists, the Journal of Paleolimnology (currently published by Springer).


    To find out more about the IPA please visit their website or Facebook page.

    The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society with a membership of more than 20,000 individuals in more than 100 countries. GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Society unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings. Since 1888, GSA’s meetings, publications, and programs have enhanced the professional growth of geoscientists and fostered geoscience stewardship and service. GSA encourages cooperative research and public dialogue on geoscience issues and supports all levels of earth-science education.


    To find out more about GSA please visit their website.

    Thousands of people are working to sustainably manage the African Great Lakes, but they face barriers to connect. That’s where the African Great Lakes Information Platform (AGLI) comes in. AGLI delivers the information needed to support sustainable management of the amazing natural resources of the African Great Lakes region. The site helps users access spatial data; information on past, present and future projects; and all aspects of the adaptive management process, which ensures a more comprehensive, effective and efficient approach to addressing complex conservation issues.


    AGLI information flyer


    To find out more about AGLI please visit their website.

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