International Field Symposium «Quaternary of the Eastern Baltic Region»

State Scientific Research Institute Nature Research Centre

International Field Symposium

«Quaternary of the Eastern Baltic Region»

10–15 September 2022

The Field symposium is arranged celebrating the 55th anniversary of regular meetings of Quaternary investigators of the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. It is dedicated to commemorate the first initiators and long-time leaders of this informal activity. The free spirit of scientific ideas and fruitful discussions was a characteristic feature of this informal scientific commune – it stimulated significant achievements in the researches of the Eastern Baltic Region, made a positive influence on the scientific carrier of a few generations of young Quaternary investigators.

The Field Symposium is organized by State Scientific Research Institute Nature Research Centre (Vilnius, Lithuania) in close cooperation with the University of Latvia, Latvian Association for Quaternary Research, Lithuanian Geological Survey, and Geological Society of Lithuania

Format and venue:

The event will be held along the Eastern Baltic coast – from Kolkas Rags (Western Latvia) to Nemunas River Delta (Western Lithuania) – and will be focused on different topics of Quaternary geology: glacial geology, stratigraphy, palaeogeography, glaciotectonics, palaeoseismology, the Baltic Sea evolution and related glacio-isostatic rebound, peculiarities of the Curonian Spit development (aeolian processes, palesols, dune tectonics), the current environmental processes (global warming, sea level changes, coastal erosion, etc.). The Symposium will consist of 2-day conference (oral and poster presentations) and 4 days of scientific field excursions. The special attention during the events will be paid to the development of scientific competence of PhD students and young scientists: a number of key lectures of the most prominent investigators of Quaternary will be presented during the conference and during the scientific excursions.

Registration and registration fee:

The potential participants are kindly invited to fill in the registration form and return via e-mail before the 1st of May 2022 to secretary of the Symposium Aldona Damušytė (e-mail: The registration fee is 500 EUR; it will cover transportation, accommodation and full board during the Symposium. Please note that fee do not include travel expenses and accommodation coast before and after Symposium. A number of participants is limited, so the earliest registrants will have a priority.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations:

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts relevant to the topics of the Symposium. The abstracts will be published in special Symposium volume along the excursion guide. One abstract should not exceed 2 pages (A4, TNR, 12 pt, single line spacing), including figures (jpg) and references. Manuscripts relevant to the topic of the Symposium could be published later in the international journal of geosciences Baltica.

Important deadlines:

Preliminary registration – May 2022

Second circular – beginning of June 2022

Abstract submission – 15 June 2022

Registration fee payment – 1 July 2022

Other information:

More detailed information about Symposium will be given in the second circular to those who will preliminarily register. Official invitations needed to get a visa will be sent on your request. Please note that due to Covid-19 pandemy, different restrictions could be introduced in the territories of Latvia and Lithuania, so please follow the corresponding information in the official governmental websites (usually – in the Ministriy of Foreign Affairs) of these two countries.

On behalf of Organizing Committee:

Miglė Stančikaitė, Chairman


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International Field Symposium

«Quaternary of the Eastern Baltic Region»

10–15 September 2022


Symposium Programme


10.09.2022 (Saturday)

Arrival of participants to Vilnius / Riga airport, registration, arrival to Jaunmoku Pils (Latvia).

First Conference day: key-lectures

Overnight accommodation in the Jaunmoku Pils.


11.09.2022 (Sunday)

Second Conference day:(Jaunmoku Pils): oral and poster presentations

Overnight accommodation in the Jaunmoku Pils.


12.09.2022 (Monday)

Scientific excursion:

Stop 1. Slitere Lighthouse and National Park: relief and geological structure of ancient coastal ridges; walking tour along the Pētērezers Nature Trail.

Stop 2. Kolkas Rags: the resent processes of marine abrasion and accumulation.

Stop 3. Ģipka site: the Holocene relative shore level changes in the Gulf of Riga.

Overnight accommodation in the Melnsils.


13.09.2022 (Thursday)

Scientific excursion:

Stop 4. Baltmuiža cliffs: seismites in the post-glacial sediments (3a) and glaciotectonically deformed Pleistocene sediments (3b).

Stop 5. Litorina Sea and Ancylus Lake coastlines in the vicinity of Venspils lagoon.

Stop 6. Mosėdis – Lithuanian National Museum of erratic boulders.

Stop 7. Olando Kepurė outcrop: stratigraphy of the Late Weichselian deposits.

Overnight accommodation in the Mingė village hostels.


14.09.2022 (Wednesday)

Scientific excursion:

Stop 8. Geology of the Curonian Spit and Klaipeda Strait.

Stop 9. “Amber Bay” in the Curonian Spit: 19th century amber mining.

Stop 10. Grey (Dead) Dunes: human impact to the dune’s evolution.

Stop 11. Protective Dune in the Curonian Spit – the “common project” of humans and nature.

Stop 12. Phenomenon of “dune tectonics”: extrusions of lagoon marl from under the dunes.

Conference Dinner, Mingė village. Overnight accommodation in the Mingė village hostels.


15.09.2022 (Thursday)

Scientific excursion:

Stop 13. Aukštumala Peatbog: the worldwide famous highmore.

Stop 14. Vilkiškės end-morainic ridge (Rambynas Hill): evolution of Nemunas River during the Late Glacial and Holocene.

Cultural programme: Panemunės pilis.

Arrival to Vilnius late afternoon, end of the Symposium.


P.S. The organizers reserve the right tо adjust partially the objects of scientific excursions, to correct a travel route and to change places of overnight accommodation.