The International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) promotes ongoing research into the history of the earth sciences. It was founded in 1967 and currently has approximately 270 members from 51 countries and 14 affiliated organizations. INHIGEO has been established by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and is also affiliated with the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST).


The mission of the INHIGEO is to promote studies in the history of geological disciplines. 

In so doing, the Commission endeavours to stimulate and coordinate the activities of regional, national, and international organizations having shared purposes. The Commission also works to foster the publication of individual and collective works that illuminate the history of the geological sciences.

How does INHIGEO achieve its objectives?

INHIGEO achieves its objective by sponsoring a major annual symposium with associated field activities. Proceedings of INHIGEO’s annual meetings are published as books or as special journal volumes and a substantial Annual Record is issued that details historical research into earth sciences worldwide, promotes other related historical activities and provides scholarly reviews of recent literature on the history of geological sciences.

INHIGEO also interacts with other IUGS Commissions, as in the case of the project on Geological Heritage Sites. The contribution of the historical knowledge on geological sciences is clearly recognized in this project, because “an IUGS Geological Heritage Site is a key place with geological elements and/or processes of scientific international relevance, used as a reference, and/or with a substantial contribution to the development of geological sciences through history” (statement by IUGS – IGCP 731).

A sample of INHIGEO events /sponsored events happening this year. Why not come along and join the community?

Images from the 44th INHIGEO Symposium and field excursions

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