International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences

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International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences
Abbreviation INHIGEO
Formation 1967
Region served
Members, Associate Members
Official language
English, French

Prof. Barry J. Cooper (Australia)

Secretary-General — Prof. Marianne Klemun (Austria)
Parent organization

The International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) promotes ongoing research into the history of the earth sciences, particularly the history of geology. It has 17 Honorary Senior Members and 265 Members and Associate Members[1] worldwide.

INHIGEO has been established by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and is also affiliated with the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Sciences (IUHPS). The suggestion for the establishment of INHIGEO in 1967 was chiefly due to the ideas and efforts of the distinguished Russian geologist Vladimir Tikhomirov (1915-1994) from the Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


The primary objective of the Commission on the History of Geological Sciences involves promoting studies in the history of geological disciplines. In so doing, the Commission endeavours to stimulate and coordinate the activities of regional, national, and international organizations having shared purposes. The Commission also works to foster the publication of individual and collective works that illuminate the history of the geological sciences.

INHIGEO achieves its objective by sponsoring a major annual symposium with associated field activities. It also promotes publication of individual and collective works on the history of geology and issues a substantial "Annual Record" that details historical research into earth sciences worldwide, publicises other pertinent historical activities and provides scholarly reviews of recent literature on the subject.


  • Meet with regularity, usually once a year, including years of the International Geological Congress, to conduct a major symposium on the history of geology. This typically

includes a multi-day field component, with the production by the Commission of printed guidebooks.

  • Produce an annual Newsletter that incorporates information from the officers, national reports, book reviews, conference reports, and a variety of news items and illustrations that

promote sharing of professional insights.

  • Make an effort to record the history of the International Geological Congress meetings and relevant IUGS activities.
  • Work with various publishing houses and journals, including Episodes,[2] to promote publication of symposia proceedings and a variety of contributions to the discipline.


INHIGEO Symposiums:

Past meettings

1967 — Founding meeting in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR.


  1. ^ INHIGEO Annual record. No. 46, May 2014
  2. ^ Episodes - Journal of International Geosciences.
  3. ^ 39th INHIGEO Symposium
  4. ^ 38th INHIGEO Symposium

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