ASQUA (Asian Conference on Quaternary
Research) was proposed to organize in 2007 during the
International Symposium on the 50th anniversary
of the Japan Association for Quaternary Research, the aim of
which was the progress of study on the Quaternary Research
The First Asian Conference on Quaternary Research (ASQUA)
was held in Beijing, October 19 - 23, 2009 together with the
International Symposium on Paleoanthropology in
Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Discovery of
the First Skull of Peking Man. Over 230 participants from
over 20 countries attended the conference.
The first ASQUA business meeting was convened during the
conference by Professor Jule XIAO, Secretary-General of
CHIQUA, and Professor Xing GAO, co-convener of the
conference with the participation of Liping ZHOU, Zhaoyu ZHU
and Changzhu JIN from CHIQUA Secretariat, Min Te CHEN from
Chinese Taipei, Hisao KUMAI and Yoshiki SAITO from Japan,
Yong Ahn PARK, Boo Keun KHIM and Sang Hyun YI from Korea,
and Margarita ERBAJEVA from Russia.
It was decided that next ASQUA meeting will be held in 2013,
and Russia was suggested to be the host country.
The 2nd ASQUA Meeting titled "Advances in the Quaternary of
Interior Asia" will be held in Ulan-Ude, the Baikalian
region, Russia in September 9-16, 2013 by Geological
Institute of the Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of
Sciences and ASQUA.
Quaternary research through the ASQUA should serve as an
important platform for scientific communication and
cooperation among the Quaternary scientists from Asia. It
was decided that the ASQUA meeting would be held in Asian
countries every four years during the inter-Congress period