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The GeoHost Support program of the 36th IGC is unprecedented, offering full support for travel, registration and local hospitality for 1000 delegates. This will be further enhanced with industry support. As per the bid presented at the 34th IGC, the GeoHost program of the 36th IGC would be made available to every active scientist who has an abstract that is accepted for presentation. It would provide financial support based exclusively on scientific merit.

The GeoHost Support program is designed to enable young and financially disadvantaged geoscientists to attend the International Geological Congress (IGC).

The 1000 GeoHost full support would be split into:

1000 Registration
1000 Travel and
1000 Local Hospitality.
These may be awarded as either full or partial support. Applicants who can obtain partial funding from other sources will get preference.
This support includes the Youth GeoHost Program, wherein one meritorious candidate from each of the IUGS-adhering countries would be offered fully funded GeoHost grant for attending the 36thIGC. Selection would be made in consultation with the IUGS-adhering countries.

Categories of GeoHost applicants:


Eligibility criteria

Category A:
Early career geoscientists

(Students and Young Researchers)

i. The applicant’s abstract should have been accepted for the 36th IGC. He/she should be the presenting

ii. Should be below 40 years of age as on 31st December 2019.

iii. Authorisation/ certificate by the institute where the applicant is pursuing higher studies.

iv. Statement of purpose (250 words) for attending the 36th IGC.

Category B:
Financially disadvantaged

i. The applicant’s abstract should be accepted for the 36th IGC. He/she should be the presenting author/contributing to the 36th IGC in some capacity or another (Only one GeoHost application can be made against one accepted abstract).

ii. The applicant should be above 40 years of age as on 31st December 2019.

iii. Preferably hold passport of a middle- / low-income country. For this purpose, the World Bank database* will be considered.

iv. Statement of purpose (250 words) for attending the 36th IGC.

v. Employer’s certificate, if in service, or a Letter of Referral / Recommendation.

Category C

Registrations reserved for IUGS officials,Youth Geohost Program and Geo-quiz winners.



Workshop/ Training Program for GeoHost awardees:

To encourage early career researchers and students (Category A GeoHost awardees), a Congress Theme Workshop Series (CTWS) is being organized during the 36th IGC for capacity-building. Under the CTWS about 10 workshops (two per day) related to the Congress theme are scheduled. GeoHost awardees under Category B or geoscientists of international repute (preferably from international scientific bodies) will be the resource persons for these workshops. 
The tentative themes of the workshop are
1. Geohazards
2. Climate Change
3. Carbon dioxide sequestration
4. Water resources and conservation
5. Sustainable development of geo-resources
6. The monsoon system
7. Energy Resources
8. Applications of isotopes in ground water research
9. Coastal Zone Management
10. Geostatistics
Those interested may apply through the GeoHost application online.
Attendance at the workshops is optional. However, while awarding GeoHost grants preference would be given to applicants participating in the workshops.

Award for the Best Paper

Further, the best among the abstracts submitted by geohost applicants, will be selected for the Best Paper Award during the Congress.
All Geohost applications should be made online. Any other mode of application would not be entertained. Geohost form can be accessed during the abstract submission process. For additional queries, reach us at