The 36th IGC Theme

The entire world, today, is concerned about its sustainability. Stimulated by this concern, and convinced that Geoscience can play a crucial role in addressing it, the 36th IGC has been themed as “Geoscience - the Basic Science for a Sustainable Future”. The Scientific Program encompasses a panel discussion and eight illuminating talks which reflect on how Geosciences are integrally related to a sustainable future, touching various aspects of life. The talks also highlight the complex interactions of various phenomena that regulate the Earth processes and their symbiosis with the biosphere, by focusing on emerging paradigms in the realm of geosciences in the context of sustainable development.

About the event

India with support from the neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan won the global bid in Brisbane in 2012 to host the prestigious 36th International Geological Congress (36th IGC) in the year 2020. Geological Survey of India (GSI) was identified as the official nodal agency for organizing the event.

The 36th IGC in its original avatar scheduled to be held during 2-8 March 2020 was eagerly planning to provide a perfect stage for all shades of geoscientists, nature explorers, technologists and miners across the globe to showcase their achievements, innovations, and aspirations. A stroke of bad luck due to the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic, played havoc for the entire world and so also with the organization of 36th IGC on the due dates. The pandemic emergency was announced by the Government of India just 10 days before 2 March, 2020 the date on which the gala event was scheduled to unfold.

Numerous technical sessions, symposia, plenary talks, public lectures, workshops, scientific meetings and 62 field trips were ready on our activity slate. A couple of pre-Congress field trips were actually conducted before the pandemic lockdown was officially announced. One of the field parties made geological discoveries in the central India caves and published a stratigraphically important paper in a leading International journal.

Deferment of the Congress was announced initially to August 2020 and then to November 2021. However, the robust Corona virus showed no sign of abatement. Therefore, an attenuated 36th IGC was proposed in a Virtual Mode that got the approval of the Government of India and concurrence of the IUGS Executive Committee.

The Ministry of Mines (MoM), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, and the Indian National Sciences Academy (INSA) are hosting the attenuated and reformatted 36th International Geological Congress during 20-22 March, 2022 on Virtual platform, with the support of India’s neighbouring countries - Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

The event is expected to be witnessed by several thousand participants from all over the world. They will be greatly benefitted by the Panel discussion on a very contemporary topic, and eight illuminating talks delivered by some of the leading geoscientists of the world.

The 3-day Virtual Congress is designed to benefit the geoscientists, students, researchers, technocrats, academicians, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

In order to create a new browsing experience for the participants, 36th IGC has launched this new website. Further, to encourage and facilitate the participation of the maximum number of geoscientists from across the globe, 36th IGC has kept the Congress registration free.

We invite one and all, most cordially, to register and participate in the Congress!

36th IGC ORGANISING COMMITTEES

APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY

  • Shri Alok Tandon – Secretary, Ministry of Mines & Chair
  • Dr. M. Ravichandran – Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences & Co-Chair
  • Prof. Chandrima Shaha – President, INSA & Co-Chair

GOVERNING BODY

  • Shri Alok Tandon – Secretary, Ministry of Mines & Chair
  • Dr.  M. Ravichandran – Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences & Co-Chair
  • Prof. Chandrima Shaha – President, INSA & Co-Chair
  • Shri R.S. Garkhal – DG, GSI & President, 36th IGC
  • Shri Shakil Alam – Economic Advisor, Ministry of Mines
  • Dr. Ranjit Rath – CMD, MECL
  • Shri Ch. Venkateswara Rao – Dy.DG, GSI & Secretary General, 36th IGC

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Shri R.S. Garkhal – DG, GSI & President, 36th IGC
  • Shri Janardan Prasad – Addl. DG, GSI & Co-President, 36th IGC
  • Shri Ch. Venkateswara Rao – Dy.DG, GSI & Secretary General, 36th IGC
  • Shri Shakil Alam – Economic Advisor, Ministry of Mines
  • Dr. O.P.Mishra – Scientist G, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Prof. D.M. Banerjee – INSA & Chair, IUGS India
  • Dr. Ranjit Rath – CMD, MECL

LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  • Shri R.S. Garkhal – DG, GSI & President, 36th IGC
  • Shri Janardan Prasad – Addl.DG, GSI & Co-President, 36th IGC
  • Prof. Talat Ahmad – Chair, Science Committee
  • Dr. Fareeduddin – Chair, Legacy Committee
  • Shri Ch. Venkateswara Rao – Dy.DG, GSI & Secretary General, 36th IGC
  • Dr. Joyesh Bagchi – Dy.DG, GSI & Chair Finance, 36th IGC
  • Shri Debasish Rout – Director, 36th IGC Secretariat
  • Shri S.N. Bhagat – Director, GSI & Treasurer, 36th IGC
  • Dr. Sangeeta Gupta – Senior Geologist, 36th IGC
  • Ms. Palak Kapoor – Geologist, 36th IGC
  • Mr. Manish Kumar – Geophysicist, 36th IGC
  • Ms Anju C.S. – Sr. Geologist 
  • Shri Vinay Pal – Asstt. Cost & Accounts Officer, 36th IGC 
  • Shri Himanshu Bisht – Stores Officer, 36th IGC
  • Shri Krishna Mohan – Administrative Officer, 36th IGC
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Event Itinerary

20 March 2022
2 – 3 PM: Inauguration
3 – 4 PM: Panel Discussion

21 March 2022
2 – 4 PM: Presentations

22 March 2022
2-4 PM: Presentations

Please note: The event is being held online.
Registration is compulsory to join.
All timings are as per IST.
Timings may change slightly depending on the length of the presentations and discussions.

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