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India to Host International Geological Congress 2020

India is set to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in New Delhi during the first week of March 2020. The theme for next year conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Development’.

About International Geological Congress (IGC)

It is popularly described as ‘Olympics of Geosciences’. The IGCs are a prestigious global geoscientific events held once in four years and participated by nearly 5000-6000 geoscientists from all across the world.

IGC 2020: The 36th IGC is expected to provide a platform for international cooperation in all major field of geosciences including launching of collaborative programs, provision of investment opportunities in environmental management, mineral exploration, mining and related enterprises. It would also help in dealing with problems of sustainability, energy crisis, water crisis, climate change, environmental issues and resource management.

Geological Survey of India is the nodal agency for organizing the IGC 2020. The event is being funded by Union Ministry of Mines (MoM) and Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) with support of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and National Science Academies of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

India and IGC: India is the only Asian country to host the IGC event twice. India had earlier hosted the event for the first time in 1964, which was 22nd IGC. The event was inaugurated by then President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The IGC is making a comeback to India after 56 long years much to the enthusiasm of the entire geoscientific community.

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Chandrima Shaha: 1st woman President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

Renowned biologist Chandrima Shaha became first woman to get elected as President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA). She will head INSA from 2020 to 2022 after taking over as president from incumbent Ajay K. Sood. She was formerly Director of the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi.

About Chandrima Shaha

She is currently professor of Eminence at National Institute of Immunology (NII). She is the former Director of NII. She was Vice President (International) of Indian National Science Academy (2016-2018). She is elected fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. Before becoming biologist, she was cricketer and also had worked commentator for All India Radio. As biologist, her key research focused on understanding cell death pathways.

About Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

  • It is the apex body of Indian scientists representing all branches of science and technology. It promotes science and its use in India.
  • It was originally established in 1935 and was then known as National Institute of Sciences of India until the present name was adopted in 1970.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi. Union Government in 1945 had recognised it as the premier scientific society representing all branches of science in India.

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