International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

Union internationale des sciences géologiques (UISG)
Unión Internacional de Ciencias Geológicas (UICG)
Internationale Union für Geologische Wissenschaften

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1961-03-10 Paris France


Derives from S-XS9962 - International Geological Congress (IGC), set up in 1875, Buffalo NY (USA).

Original statutes accepted by Constitutive Assembly, 9 Mar 1961; ratified 28 Sep 1961, when became a member of H-XA1752 - International Council for Science (ICSU); amended by Council at subsequent International Geological Congresses in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. Current Bye-Laws adopted by Council at 34th Congress, 9 Aug 2012, Brisbane (Australia).


Promote development of earth sciences through support of broad-based scientific studies relevant to the entire earth-system; apply results of these and other studies to preserving Earth's natural environment, using all natural resources wisely and improving the prosperity of nations and the quality of human life; strengthen public awareness of geology and advance geological education in the widest sense; foster dialogue and communication among the various specialists in earth sciences around the world.


2028-08-12 | Calgary, AB Canada – International Geological Congress (IGC)
2024-08-25 | Busan, Korea Rep – International Geological Congress (IGC)

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Council (normally meets every 4 years in ordinary session at International Geological Congress); Executive Committee; Bureau; Permanent Secretariat. Committees (2): Nominating; International Geological Congress. Committees (4): S-XS9962 - International Geological Congress (IGC); Nominating; Publications; Strategic Implementation. Ad Hoc Review Committees. Task Groups (2).

Scientific Commissions (7):

Commission on Geoheritage; Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines; Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (COGE); E-XD2495 - International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO); E-XE5196 - IUGS Commission on Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI); E-XE1770 - International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS);

IUGS Commission on Tectonics and Structural Geology (TECTASK).

Joint Programmes (4): F-XF5114 - International Geoscience Programme (IGCP); F-XK0370 - International Lithosphere Program (ILP); Isotope Geology and Geochronology (TGIG); B-XB9351 - Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW).

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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