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UK bidding to host IGC 2028

The UK is bidding to bring the 38th International Geological Congress to Glasgow in 2028

28 February 2024
An aerial shot of Glasgow, which could be the venue for IGC 2028.

The UK is bidding to host IGC 2028 in Glasgow with the vision: “Geoscience delivers a sustainable and equitable future” (Image credit: Glasgow Life / Paul Watt Photography.)

The International Geological Congress (IGC) is the longest-running meeting place for Earth scientists from across the world. Beginning in 1878 and held every four years, the IGC is likened to the Olympics for Earth sciences and is similarly awarded through a competitive bidding process. It is the flagship event for the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and was last held in the UK in 1948. IGC bridges academic professionals, national organisations including geological surveys, and key industries – and is one of the major international science conferences in
the calendar.

The Geological Society, British Geological Survey, and the Scottish Geology Trust have partnered to put together a bid to host the event in Glasgow in 2028. Our vision is: “Geoscience delivers a sustainable and equitable future”.

Building on the city’s hosting of COP26 (2021) and Scotland’s 250-year history of geological science in the service of society, Glasgow is an ideal venue to share not only breaking scientific advances but also lessons from history – debating their application for all humanity’s benefit. Our Congress vision maximises equality, diversity, inclusion and accessibility through its planning and delivery, and welcomes participants from all parts of the world.

The 38th IGC will run for a week in late summer 2028. Bids to host are submitted to the IUGS by end-March 2024, with a decision taken at the upcoming 37th IGC (Busan, Republic of Korea) in August 2024. We hope you can endorse our bid and welcome letters of support!

To submit a letter of support, or for more information, please email Professor David Manning, President of the Glasgow 2028 IGC bid, on igc2028@geolsoc.org.uk. Visit igc2028glasgow.org for more updates.

Rob Butler
Chair, IGC Bid Committee

Marissa Lo
IGC Bid Project Coordinator

On behalf of the Geological Society, British Geological Survey, Scottish Geology Trust, and IGC 2028 Bid Committee

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