International Union of Geological Sciences


With 121 national members, the Union aims to promote development of the Earth sciences through the support of broad-based scientific relevant to the entire Earth system; to apply the results of these and other studies to preserving Earth's natural environment,?using all natural resources wisely and improving the prosperity of nations and the quality of human life;?and to strengthen public awareness of geology and advance geological education in the widest sense.

What is IUGS?

The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), founded in 1961, is one of the World’s largest scientific organizations. It encourages?international co-operation and participation in the earth sciences in relation to human welfare and is a member of the International Council for?Science (ICSU). Membership is open to countries or defined regions. IUGS has over 120 members representing over a million geoscientists.?IUGS works through topic specific Commissions, Task Groups, and Initiatives as well as Joint Programmes with other organizations.

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At present IUGS gives special consideration to:

International standards;
Geoscience education;
Geoscience information; and
Environmental management and hazards.

Main outputs

International Geological Congress (IGC)
First held in 1878, the quadrennial IGC is now a?premier event of the earth science calendar?covering the whole span of geosciences. The?IUGS has been involved in its organisation?since 1961 and is now responsible for the?Congress. Future venues for the IGC include?Cape Town, SouthAfrica (2016) and Dehli,?India (2020).

International Geoscience Program (IGCP)?
Since 1972, this flagship UNESCO/IUGS?program has provided support that has enabled?geoscientists separated by economic and?political barriers to collaborate on research and?outreach projects worldwide.


IUGS’ s quarterly journal provides news?on developments in the geosciences of?regional and global importance and original?scientific research papers. Current and back?issues can be read free of charge at their?website or at the IUGS website.


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IUGS website

The Geological Society of London?


Geological Society Special Publication No. 407 (2015)  Global Heritage Stone D. Perreira et al. (Editors) Geological Society Special Publication No. 399 (2015) Geodynamic Processes in the Andes of Central Chile and Argentina S.A. Sepulveda et al. (Editors) Geological Society Special Publication No. 402 (2014) Gold-Transporting Hydrothermal Fluids in the Earth's Crust P.S. Garofalo and J.R. Ridley (Editors)

Some recent IUGS books published by the Geological Society of London, in partnership.