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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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India to host 36th International Geological Congress in 2020

India is going to host 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2020 in NCR New Delhi. India had won the bid in 2012 at 34th IGC Brisbane, Australia to host the Congress in 2020.

Recently, delegation of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) had visited India to discuss preparatory aspects of 36th IGC.

Key Facts

The 36th IGC to be held in New Delhi is jointly funded by Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Earth Sciences with active support of Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and science academies of India’s neighbouring co-host countries, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

International Geological Congress (IGC)

The IGC is prestigious conclave of geoscientists from around world. It is considered as an Olympic of the International Geosciences fraternity. It aims to bring together the geo-scientific community across the continents and oceans. It is held once every four years (quadrennially) under aegis of IUGS through process of global bidding.

The first session of IGC was held in 1878 in France with an aim to provide global geological community with opportunity to create an organizational frame work for meeting at regular intervals. Since then, IGC have been hosted by 24 countries throughout the world at 3-to 5-year intervals. The 35th International Geological Congress was held at Cape Town, South Africa in 2016.

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

The IUGS is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the field of geology. It was founded in 1961. Currently geologists from 121 countries (and regions) are represented in IUGS through 121 adhering organizations. It is joint partner with UNESCO for International Geoscience Programme (IGCP).

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