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International Union of Geological Sciences
Industry Geology Organizations
Headquarters Beijing, China
Area served Global
Key people

Prof Dr R Oberhänsli (President)
Dr I Lambert(Sec. General)
Dr Dong Shuwen(Treasurer)

Li Zhijian (IUGS Secretariat)

The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the field of geology.[1]


The IUGS was founded in 1961 and is a Scientific Union member of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which it recognizes as the coordinating body for the international organization of science. Currently geologists from 121 countries (and regions) are represented in IUGS through an 121 Adhering Organization. A broad range of Scientific topics are covered by its Commission, Task Groups, Joint Programmes, Affiliated Organizations. IUGS promotes and encourages the study of geological problems, especially those of world-wide significance, and supports and facilitates international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the earth sciences.[2] The Union's Secretariat is currently located at the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in Beijing, China


IUGS is a joint partner with UNESCO for the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and they also participate in the Global Network of National Geoparks (GGN). The Geological Society of London oversees the production and distribution of IUGS Publications. The Geological Society of India produces and distributes the Union's quarterly journal, entitled Episodes, as well as providing editorial support. Interested parties can download the latest issues of Episodes free of charge[3]

As of 2013 IUGS runs six international commissions covering the following topics:

  • [1])
  • Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (COGE)
  • Geoscience for Environmental Management(GEM)
  • [2])
  • International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO)
  • Commission on Tectonics and Structural Geology (TECTASK)

The Union is the main scientific sponsor of the International Geological Congress36th session in 2020.

See also

  • QAPF diagram
  • Stratigraphic Guide: A guide developed by the IUGS-ICS Subcommission on Stratigraphic Classification to promote international agreement on principles of stratigraphic classification and to develop an internationally acceptable stratigraphic terminology and rules of stratigraphic procedure.


External links

  • International Union of Geological Sciences website
  • International Year of Planet Earth website
  • Episodes Website
  • International Geoscience Programme website

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