International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
  • The IUGS is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the field of geology.
  • It was founded in 1961.
  • Currently geologists from 121 countries (and regions) are represented in IUGS through 121 adhering organizations.
  • It is joint partner with UNESCO for International Geoscience Programme (IGCP).
Why in news?
India is going to host 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2020 in NCR New Delhi. India had won the bid in 2012 at 34th IGC Brisbane, Australia to host the Congress in 2020.
International Geological Congress (IGC)
  • The IGC is prestigious conclave of geoscientists from around world.
  • It is considered as an Olympic of the International Geosciences fraternity.
  • It aims to bring together the geo-scientific community across the continents and oceans.
  • It is held once every four years (quadrennially) under aegis of IUGS through process of global bidding.
  • The first session of IGC was held in 1878 in France with an aim to provide global geological community with opportunity to create an organizational frame work for meeting at regular intervals.

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