International Union of Geological Sciences
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|Motto||Earth Science for the Global Community|
|Type||INGO, standards organization|
|Headquarters||Founded in Paris, France, secretariat in Beijing, China|
|Qiuming Cheng (Canada/China)|
|Sec.Gen.: Stanley Finney (US) |
Treasurer: Hiroshi Kitazato (Japan)
|International Council for Science|
The IUGS was founded in 1961 and is a Scientific Union member of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which it recognizes as the coordinating body for the international organization of science. Currently geologists from 121 countries (and regions) are represented in IUGS through a 121 Adhering Organization. A broad range of Scientific topics are covered by its Commission, Task Groups, Joint Programmes, Affiliated Organizations. IUGS promotes and encourages the study of geological problems, especially those of worldwide significance, and supports and facilitates international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the earth sciences. The Union's Secretariat is currently located at the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in Beijing, China
IUGS is a joint partner with UNESCO for the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and they also participate in the Global Geoparks Network (GGN). The Geological Society of London oversees the production and distribution of IUGS Publications. The Geological Society of India produces and distributes the Union's quarterly journal, entitled Episodes, as well as providing editorial support. Interested parties can download the latest issues of Episodes free of charge
IUGS runs seven international commissions, covering the following topics:
- Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI)
- Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (COGE)
- Geoscience for Environmental Management (GEM)
- International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS)
- International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO)
- Commission on Tectonics and Structural Geology (TECTASK)
- Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines (CGGB)
The latter commission (CGGB) is the youngest: its establishment was approved on 31 August 2016 in Cape Town at the Fourth Ordinary Session of the IUGS Council meeting. It had been a task group since 1998, with a precursor existing since 1988.
International Geological Congress
The International Union of Geological Sciences is the main scientific sponsor of the International Geological Congress (IGC), which takes place every four years. South Africa and Cape Town hosted the 35th International Geological Congress in 2016. The 34th Session of the International Geological Congress took place in Brisbane, Australia in August 2012, where IUGS-IGC Council decided that India will host the 36th session in 2020. The event has been gowing bigger with each passing year. The first congress was in France in 1878 where a few geoscientists gathered to share new finds and the aim was to create a framework and a platform for geoscientists to meet at regular intervals. The 36th IGC will be hosted by India with the help of Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The theme for the 36th IGC is "Geosciences:The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future".
The IUGS Scientific Awards of Excellence:
- IUGS Émile Argand Award
- IUGS James M. Harrison Award
- IUGS Award for Geoscience Information
- IUGS Award for Structural Geology
- Vladimir V. Tikhomirov History of Geology Medal by the IUGS Commission on the History of Geology (INHIGEO).
- Digby McLaren Medal by the IUGS Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS).
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- International Stratigraphic Guide: A guide developed by the IUGS-ICS Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification to promote international agreement on principles of stratigraphic classification and to develop an internationally acceptable stratigraphic terminology and rules of stratigraphic procedure.
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