Coming Symposia


Symposium 41 - Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August - 4 September 2016 


The 41st INHIGEO Symposium will be part of 35th International Geological Congress scheduled in Cape Town, South Africa.


Early Bird Registration has opened and will close on 31 March 2016.


A “History of Geoscience” theme is listed under a Core Topic of “Geoscience and Society” with the INHIGEO Secretary General being the designated co-ordinator.

The historical symposia suggestions under the “History of Geoscience” theme for the 41st INHIGEO conference are listed as:


1.         General contributions on the history of geology


2.         Historical studies of Gondwana


3.         Local (indigenous) understanding of geology


4.         History of fossil man investigations


5.         History of geology over the past 50 years


The deadline for abstracts has closed.

A field trip has been planned before the main conference on Saturday 27 August 2016. Bookings are now open at the Congress website and close on 1 May 2016

The field trip is listed at the Congress website as: “On the trail of Charles Darwin and John Herschel: the Cape in the 1830s”  Details about the field trip are as follows:

The early history of geology in South Africa involves the most famous scientists of the time: John Herschel and Charles Darwin. Herschel, best known as an astronomer, lived at the Cape in the 1830s. When not at the telescope, Herschel was a keen observer of landscapes, strata, and rocks. He visited Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, Paarl Rock, and Franschoek and beyond, making geological observations like those he made in the Alps in the 1820s. This day tour visits several of Herschel’s geological sites and one to which he sent the young Charles Darwin in 1836, the “Sea Point Contact,” a site visited by Basil Hall 25 years earlier. This tour follows the footsteps of Herschel and Darwin.

The Field Trip Leader is Dr. Gregory A. Good. The cost is 1200 South African Rand.

The conference website is .  


Symposium 42- Yerevan, Armenia, 12-18 September 2017


This conference is being planned as a 50th Anniversary INHIGEO conference.

The first meeting of INHIGEO was held in Yerevan in 1967 and this conference will be held at the Armenian Academy of Sciences in Yerevan, the same venue as the 1967 meeting.

The conference themes being considered are:

1.         50 years of INHIGEO

2.         Development of geological ideas and concepts

3.         History of geology in Armenia

4.         Ancient knowledge of stone and metals

5.         Studies of historic and prehistoric evidences of seismic and volcanic activity

6.         General contributions and biographies of famous geologists

Both mid-conference and post-conference field trips are being planned to geological sites, historical sites, archaeological sites, geological museum and the Armenian Museum of Ancient Manuscripts (Matendaran).

For any questions please contact organising committee by e-mail at or Khachatur Meliksetian at   .

Symposium 43 - 4-14 November 2018, Mexico City

This meeting will be held in the Palace of Mining, Mexico City, one of the masterpieces of Neoclassical architecture in the Americas, designed by Spanish sculptor and architect Manuel Tolsá. Visits to the ancient library and archives will be organized.

The closing ceremony will be held in the Geological Museum (1906), original seat of the Geological Institute, where a guided visit will be organized, as well as cocktails.

The Mid-Meeting field trip to Tepoztlan, will cross one of the most impressive Quaternary volcanic fields of the Transmexican Volcanic belt in central Mexico. The field trip includes a visit to the scenic Miocene volcanic succession near Tepoztlan, which is a beautiful village with traditional architecture.

A Post-Meeting five-day field trip to Oaxaca, with the goal of travelling along a representative section of the central Mexico stratigraphy, from the Quaternary volcanic successions to the Proterozoic high-grade metamorphic terrains. Overnights will be in Puebla, Tehuacan and Oaxaca. Important geologic landscapes to see during trip are the highest stratovolcanoes in Mexico, the Tehuacán Valley, the Juarez range and the colorful Jurassic units of Oaxaca.

For further information, please contact our Professor Luz Azuela, Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n Ciudad Universitaria, 04510, México, D. F. MEXICO

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