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36th International Geological Congress (IGC), Theme “Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future

36th International Geological Congress (IGC) Theme “Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future”

The 36th International Geological Congress (IGC), themed “Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future,” will be conducted on a virtual platform from March 20-22, 2022.

The 36th IGC is a collaboration between the Ministries of Mines and Earth Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy, and the Science Academies of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

The IGCs termed the “Olympics of Geosciences,” are conducted every four years under the auspices of the International Union of Geological Congress (IUGS), the IGCs’ Scientific Sponsor. They attract around 5000 to 7000 delegates from all over the globe.

The event would offer a one-of-a-kind forum for geoscience knowledge and experience exchange, as well as professional networking. It would provide firsthand knowledge on the most recent technology in mining, mineral exploration, water, mineral resource, and environmental management.

It would also allow for enhanced academic output and chances for capacity development across geoscientific disciplines.

Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi and Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the Congress in the presence of Minister of State for Coal, Mines & Railways Raosaheb Patil Danve and Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan.

The whole world is worried about its long-term sustainability. Because geoscience may play an important role in tackling it, the 36th IGC is themed “Geoscience – the Basic Science for a Sustainable Future.” The scientific programme will examine how geosciences are inextricably linked to a sustainable future, affecting many facets of life.

By concentrating on developing paradigms in the area of geosciences in the context of sustainable development, the presentations will also emphasise the intricate interconnections of many phenomena that control Earth processes and their symbiosis with the biosphere.

India, together with its regional partners, bid to host the 36th International Geological Congress in India in 2020 during the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane in 2012.

The bid was won by India. The Present Congress, which was slated to take place from March 2-8, 2020, has been postponed because of the Covid Pandemic.

Along with the First Day Cover, the 36th IGC will release three commemorative postage stamps.

58 years ago, India hosted the 22nd session of the IGC, the first IGC to be held on Asian territory.

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