20th March 2022 : 70 Minutes (2.00 pm to 3.10 pm IST) (Extendable)

Inaugural Function
Opening of Virtual 36th IGC
Addresses by the Dignitaries
Release of 36th IGC related Publications and Documents
Virtual Transfer of IGC Presidential Cup to 37th IGC Functionaries

Anchored by Bishwapriya Akhouri
Director GSI​

20th March 2022 : 90 Minutes (3.20 pm to 4.50 pm IST)
Panel Discussion

Theme: Geoscience for the next Decade: Challenges and Society
Speaker Topic
Victor R. Baker: Regents Professor of Hydrology & Water Resources, Geosciences and Planetary Sciences,University of Arizona, USA Using Geological Thinking to sustain in Humanly Habitable Earth (8 minutes)
Graham Shields: Professor of Chemical Geology, University College London, London & Editor-in-Chief, Geological Society of London, UK On the Future (and Past) of Stratigraphy (8 minutes)
Madhumita Das: Former Vice Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, Odisha, India Geoethics in mining (8 minutes)
Indrani Mukherjee: Lecturer, University of Tasmania, Hobart , Australia The Art of Geoscience Communication and its importance (8 minutes)
Harsh Kumar Gupta: Emeritus Scientist, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India Developing Earthquake & Tsunami Resilient Society (8 minutes)
Ozlem Adiyaman Lopes: UNESCO Natural Science Sector , France UNESCO and IGCP’s contribution to geoscientific community to deliver UN 2030 agenda and UN Sustainable development goals (8 minutes)
John Ludden: President of IUGS; Bicentennial Research Professor, Heriot -Watt University in Environmental Governance, Former Chief Executive of BGS, UK Major challenges before the geoscientists (8 minutes)
R.J. Wasson: Emeritus Professor, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia & Adjunct Professor at University of Kabang-Saan College of Science, Malayasia Society and geosciences, Science policy (8 minutes)
Archana Bhattacharyya: Former Director, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai; INSA Honorary Scientist Role of Geomagnetism Studies in coming decades (8 minutes)
Frank Mugyenyi : Coordinator of the Africa Minerals Development Centre African Mineral Industry (8 minutes)
Moderated by: Ashok Kumar Singhvi

DST-SERB Year of Science Professsor , PRL , Ahmedabad , India (12 minutes)

We may extend the duration by 10 minutes for questions to be fielded

21st March 2022 : 60 minutes (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm IST)

Speaker Topic
Qiuming Cheng: Former President IUGS; Professor at School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai, Beijing, China: Data driven Earth Science Learning and Discovery (30 minutes)
M. Santosh: Professor, China University of Geosciences, Beijing & Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia, Founder Editor Gondwana Research From Hadean Earth to a Habitable Planet (30 minutes)
Chengxue Yang: Faculty at the Institute of Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences Beijing, China
Chaired by: Om Narain Bhargava

Honorary Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh; Former Director,Geological Survey of India

21st March 2022 : 60 minutes: (3:10 pm to 4:10 pm IST)

Speaker Topic
Jan Zalasiewicz: Emeritus Professor, University of Leicester, United Kingdom The Anthropocene as a potential unit of the geological time scale: an update on Progress. (Co-authors: Colin Waters, Simon Turner, Martin Head and Anthropocene Working Group Members) (30 minutes)
Francine McCarthy: Professor, Brock University , Canada
Roland Oberhaensli: Former President IUGS; Professor Emeritus, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany High Pressure Record of a Cretaceous Salinity Crisis (30 minutes)
Franziska Scheffler: Doctoral student, University of Potsdam, Germany
Chaired by: Pradeep Srivastava

Department of Earth Sciences, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee , India

22nd March 2022: 60 Minutes (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm IST)

Speaker Topic
Michael Paul Searle: Professor of Earth Sciences, Oxford University; Oxford University Museum of Natural History & Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK Geological processes and timing of subduction initiation , ophiolite obduction and crustal thickening and metamorphism in the Himalaya( (30 minutes)
Michael Bickle: Emeritus Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK Geological carbon storage:The significance of secondary trapping mechanism from observation on natural analogue of CO2 storage (30 minutes)
Chaired by: Talat Ahmad

Vice Chancellor , Kashmir University, India and Former Vice Chancellor , Jamia Milia Islamia , New Delhi

22nd March 2022 : 60 Minutes (3:10 pm to 4:10 pm IST)

Speaker Topic
Martin van Kranendonk: Professor of Geology and Astrobiology, University of New South Wales & Director of Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Australia Microbial life on an Alien World: the habitat of life in Early Earth (30 minutes)
Kathalene Campbell: Geologist / Astrobiologist teaching and undertaking scientific research at The University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Mihir Shah: Distinguished Professor, Shiv Nadar University; Former Member of Planning Commission, Government of India, India Bringing the Science back into water: Challenges of Sustainable Groundwater Management in India (30 minutes)
Uma Aslekar : Co-Leader ACWADAM
Concluding remark by: Dhiraj Mohan Banerjee

INSA Emeritus Scientist , Former Professor of Geology , University of Delhi , Delhi , India
04:10 pm - 04:15 pm

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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

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All timings are as per IST.
Timings may change slightly depending on the length of the presentations and discussions.

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