36th International Geological Congress

16.08 - 21.08.2021  
Delhi, India

The 36th International Geological Congress will be held from 16-21 August 2021 in Delhi, India.

The original dates were 2-8 March 2020 and then 9-14 November 2020.

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The theme of this congress is "Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future".


It is an opportune time to interact with the scientific community, with sessions covering all aspects of geology and allied sciences. There will be 12 plenary speakers and 40+ parallel sessions.

Popularly described as the Olympics of Geosciences, the event is being jointly funded by the Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and supported by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) along with the science academies of neighboring countries - Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Geological Survey of India is the nodal agency for organizing the event. It is a matter of pride that India is the only Asian country to host the Congress twice. The event is expected to be attended by nearly 6000 delegates from across the world.


The Congress is designed to offer a platform for intensive Geoscientific discourse including nearly 3000 oral and 2000 poster presentations, a premium Geo-exhibition, 70 field visits covering the geological superlatives of the subcontinent and many other attractions including high-level business meetings with the international opinion-makers.

The program includes 45 themes and 287 symposia. It also includes 13 Plenary Talks and one Public Lecture by internationally renowned geoscientists. The program is expected to usher in an opportunity for cooperative and multidisciplinary scientific research to address contemporary and challenging issues to ensure sustainable development. Access the 45 themes planned for the congress here:


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Field trips

70 exciting field trips covering the geological superlatives of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in store for the delegates. The field trips will be held both Pre and Post Congress:

About the IGC

The International Geological Congress (IGC) is a prestigious geoscientific event held quadrennially under the aegis of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The first session of IGC took place in France in 1878. Since the inception of IGC, 35 Congresses have been hosted by 24 countries throughout the world. India had the privilege of organizing the 22nd session of IGC in New Delhi in the year 1964. This was the first IGC in India. The IGC is returning to Indian soil after a gap of 56 years much to the enthusiasm of the entire geoscientific community.

Further information

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PAGES sessions

C-SIDE: Southern Ocean - Past Global Linkages
Theme 8: The Polar World – Past, Present and Future
Conveners: Xavier Crosta (France), Luke Skinner (UK), Rahul Mohan (India)

The main objective of this symposium is to bring together experts from a range of disciplines (biology, earth sciences, chemistry, ocean processes) to better identify past oceanic bipolar teleconnections in relation to global LSOC dynamics over the Plio-Pleistocene and provide constraints on its future evolution in response to anthropogenic warming.

Non-exhaustively, topics may cover the following aspects: past changes in the SO upwelling and latitudinal mean position of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current; the dynamic controls of circum-Antarctic deep ocean ventilation/overturning circulation during the past few million years; implications for the marine biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrients.

Floods Working Group: Extreme Hydrological Event - Present and Past
Theme 12: Quaternary Environments: Sedimentation and Landform Evolution
Conveners: Alpa Sridhar (India), Bruno Wilhelm (France); Co-convener: Tao Liu (USA)

Extreme hydrological events that occur with significantly lower (drought) or higher (flooding) magnitude and frequency than threshold values pose severe risk to human safety, cause economic losses and are a threat to sustainable development. These events are unique or clustered in time and often change the landscape and related processes of a region. One important implication of the ongoing climate change is the expected increase in frequency and magnitude of extreme hydrological events. Knowledge about magnitudes and frequencies of extreme hydrological events, causes and effects in most regions is incomplete but a large range of data sets, new methods and various hypotheses are emerging.

This session solicits presentations and discussions on such multi-archival (natural and historical) and interdisciplinary investigations on understanding frequency, magnitude, causes and effects of extreme events during past and present times, worldwide. Also invited are deliberations on the response of natural systems and human societies to such large-scale high-impact events. The session is co-organised in cooperation with the PAGES Flood Working Group.