International Geological Congress (IGC) is the prestigious global platform for advancement of Earth Science. The first session of IGC assembled in 1878 in France with an aim to provide the global geological community with an opportunity to create an organizational framework for meeting at regular intervals. It envisaged a spirit of fraternal cooperation that transcends boundaries, languages and has the ability to bring together the geoscientific community across the continents and oceans. Founded as a non-profit scientific and educational organization in 1878, IGC came under the aegis of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in 1961. Since then the meetings of IGC are held in collaboration and under scientific sponsorship of IUGS (http://www.iugs.org).
Since the inception of IGC, 35 Congresses have been hosted by 24 countries throughout the world at 3 to 5-year intervals. The 34th Session was held at Brisbane, Australia during August 2012 (http://www.34igc.org/) and the 35th IGC at Capetown, South Africa in 2016 (http://www.35igc.org/).
Over the years, IGC has grown into a truly global event. The first IGC had only 41 paper contributions and 312 participants from 22 countries. The 33rd IGC held at Oslo, Norway in 2008 had 6260 participants from 113 countries. There were 4200 oral presentations covering the entire gamut of geosphere-cryosphere-hydrosphere atmosphere. The 34th IGC, attracted 6012 delegates from as many as 123 countries. It witnessed 3712 oral and 1469 poster presentations.