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The history of the International Geological Congresses
Sabato 08 Ottobre 2022, 13:30 - 16:00
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The roots of a geological Union for the future of the Earth

A virtual roundtable, organized by the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) for the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), will concern the history of the International Geological Congresses (IGC) within the  development of the geological sciences from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century. Within this historical context also the need for a scientific union was debated by the participants and led to the proposal of the International Union of Geological Sciences. This application was also supported by UNESCO. The pivotal role of the IGCs was considered by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ISCU) as an endorsement for the immediate acceptance of the IUGS membership in 1961.

The aim of this event is to emphasize the role of the IGCs for the idea of the foundation of the IUGS and for its development from the 1960s onward.  Examining society’s changing relationships with the geosciences and evolution of geoscience solutions presented at these IGCs addressing pressing global challenges of their time. It will pose the question of what role do the geological unions have in shaping the future of the planet.

Moderators: Ezio Vaccari (INHIGEO President) and Martina Kölbl-Ebert (INHIGEO Secretary-General)

Opening address: John Ludden (IUGS President)  

Speakers: Beris Cox (UK), Marianne Klemun (Austria), Kathleen Histon (Ireland), Philippe Le Vigouroux (France), Zdeňka Petáková (Czech Republic), David Orenstein (Canada), Toshihiro Yamada (Japan), Jiuchen Zhang (China).


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This event, organized in collaboration with the IUGS@60 Team, is free.

Please register on this webpage in order to obtain the ticket and the Zoom link to the webinar.

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