36th International Geological Congress, 2-8 March, 2020
If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India
- Romain Rolland
India had the privilege of organising the 22nd session of IGC at New Delhi in 1964 (click to see details). This was the first IGC in Asia. Thus, the IGC is returning to Indian subcontinent after a gap of 56 years.
The event theme is "Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future".
36th IGC is a Government of India funded project under the aegis of Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Geological Survey of India is the Nodal agency for organizing this conference with active support of Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the support of science academies of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Organizing this event envisages support and cooperation from all geoscientific organizations, institutes and geoscientists of India and Indian sub-continent.
The preparatory activities for congress are being looked after by a six member Preparatory Committee with 36th IGC, Secretariat as the front office.
The sub-continent offers the entire gamut of geological episodes representing every geological period with the oldest rocks spanning 3.6 Ga of Earth's history to the youngest, active fold mountain belt of the world; precious and rare earth minerals; extinct and active volcanoes; exuberant rivers and river confluences; mature foreland basins and youthful landforms; extensive deltas and fans; hot and cold deserts; salt ranges and deep oceans; hot springs and waterfalls; majestic mountains and seemingly bottomless valleys. The distinct climatic conditions of the region add another unique opportunity for the geoscientists to study the factors that have been modulating the regional global climate under the influence of other contributing factors. India and its environs present to the geoscientists the conditions of virtual field laboratory where varied impacts of climatic and geodynamic changes are visible both in their amplitude and magnitude, and with an unparalleled human dimension.
The imprints of ancient civilization and culture reflect its historical and cultural heritage. Signatures of intelligent use of Earth resources by early cultures is evident everywhere, be it water harvesting or efficient use of natural resources by the early inhabitants of this part of the globe. Fine traditions of art and human skills are found across the region that adds another dimension of attraction for the visitors. It is a land steeped in culture and tradition blending together with the environment. A land of vibrant colours, numerous festivals, myriad shades of life and exhilarating cuisine, India is a place that will leave any visitor spell bound and leave them with memories to be cherished for posterity.
The quantum leap in infrastructure, technology & science over the past few decades in India and its neighbouring countries makes this venue the ideal destination for the IGC 2020.
The sub-continent has made substantial contributions in the areas of fundamental science as well as applied research over the years. The congress will be of tremendous benefit ushering scientific and technological exchanges as well as promoting geo-tourism of the country through numerous guided field trips.