• 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 its remarkable Chair Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch from its formation until her death in May 2016. Beth is sorely missed, but 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 an expanded meeting in June 2018 that will bring together IAL and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) for the first time in Stockholm, Sweden. Details about this upcoming meeting will be posted here as well as on the IPA webpages.

    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.

  • News

    The WH 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 award has been given once every 4 years at the...
    June 9, 2017
    Joint meeting of the International Paleolimnology Association and the International Association of Limnogeology The joint meeting will be held 18–21 June 2018 at Stockholm University, Sweden (www.su.se). The organizers for the 2018 meeting are Malin Kylander (Stockholm University), Dan...
  • Who Are We

    Current board of the IAL

    Michael R. Rosen



    Daniel Ariztegui



    Blas Valero-Garcés



  • Kevin Bohacs


    Lluis Cabrera


    Andy Cohen


    Melanie Leng


    Adriana Mancuso


    Julieta Massaferro


    Michael Smith


    Antje Schwalb


    Jenni Scott


  • 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 a quadrennial award (presented at ILIC) and is named after the geologist Wilmot Hyde Bradley.


    **Nominations are now open for ILIC7 2018**


    Medal Winners

    1999 ILIC2 Brest, France: Kerry Kelts (USA)

    2003 ILIC3 Tuscon, USA: Tom Johnson (USA)

    2007 ILIC4 Barcelona, Spain: Mike Talbot (Norway)

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

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

  • Meetings

    Geological Society of America - GSA 2017

    22-25 October 2017

    Seattle, Washington, USA


    Limnogeology sessions at GSA 2017 - download the list of sessions sponsored by the Limnogeology Division

    IPA-IAL Joint Meeting 2018

    18-21 June 2018

    Stockholm, Sweden


    The first ever joint meeting between International Paleolimnology Association and International Association of Limnology to be held at Stockholm University. The theme of the joint meeting is "Unravelling the Past and Future of Lakes". For more details please visit http://ipa-ial.geo.su.se or tweet @IPA_IAL_2018.


    Spread the word!


    Blog post - first news on IPA-IAL 2018


    Session Proposals

    Proposals should be submitted by 1 October 2017 and include a session title, conveners, and a brief description of the session topic (maximum 200 words). Please submit proposals to ipa.ial.2018@gmail.com.

    International Union for Quaternary Science - INQUA 2019

    25-31 July 2019

    Dublin, Ireland


    The Congress website now has provisional details of the Pre-, Mid- and Post-Congress Field Trips. The outlines and dates of the excursions are available on the web and full details and costs will be posted at the end of November this year.

  • 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

  • Partners

    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:

    1. holding regular (currently every three years) international conferences;
    2. providing an effective means of communication among paleolimnologists and other scientists and users of paleolimnological information in the form of a web page, the listservice titled the Paleolimnology Forum, and other communication media;
    3. providing other general support and coordination to the international paleolimnological community (such as exploring ways to assist scientists from countries with currency exchange problems to attend conferences and workshops).

    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.


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

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