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.
The association has had a meeting every four years since 1995, and will continue with expanded meetings that bring together IAL and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA).
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 all her great work can be found at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10933-016-9915-1.
Who Are We
Current board of the IAL
Michael R. Rosen
Daniel Ochieng Olago
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 January 2021; 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)
7-12 April 2019
**Session deadline 6 September 2018**
**Abstract deadline 10 January 2019**
IPA-IAL Joint Meeting 2021
22-25 March 2021
The next Joint IPA-IAL meeting will take place in Bariloche, Argentina from 22nd to 25th March 2021 with registration open from the afternoon of Sunday 21st March. 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 venue is in a fantastic location on the shores of Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains.
Please put the dates in your diaries. More details will follow in due course.
International Limnogeology Congress
International Paleolimnology Association (IPA)
The function of the Association will be to promote the interests of paleolimnology globally by a variety of activities, including, but not restricted to:
Facilitating the success of the International Paleolimnology Symposia will constitute the main activity associated with the IPA. Although the organization, local arrangements, and financial accounting of the international symposia will rest fully with the local organizers, the IPA will assist in providing coordination between different symposia and ensuring that viable host candidates will be available for future symposia. The IPA Executive Board will solicit and screen proposals for symposia that will be put to a vote at the conference.
The goals of the association are also linked with the goals of the main publication vehicle for paleolimnologists, the Journal of Paleolimnology (currently published by Springer). As the Journal of Paleolimnology is a privately owned journal, the link with the association will be indirect. Nonetheless, the goals of the journal will continue to serve the overall goals of the association as a scholarly publication dedicated to paleolimnology. For example, it is anticipated that Springer will continue to offer much discounted personal subscription rates for members of the association. However, many other journals and other publication media are also available to paleolimnologists, and the association will encourage the development and growth of all high quality publications that serve their members’ needs.
Additional activities and goals of the IPA will be to provide a more formal link to other societies, provide a more structured link to global programs, and facilitate opportunities for strategic thinking and planning. Other activities may include other association functions, such as award sponsorship and various types of publication and education services.