What is the IUGS?
The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) is one of the largest and most active non-governmental scientific organisations in the world. Founded in 1961, IUGS is a member of the International Council of Scientific Unions. IUGS promotes and encourages the study of geological problems, especially those of world-wide significance, and supports and facilitates international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the earth sciences.
At present IUGS gives special consideration to:
Initiatives related to the identification and assessment of energy and mineral resources; global change; geological hazards; and environmental geology. IUGS Commissions, Committees, and Boards are concerned with a wide range of geologic research of direct interest to governments, industry, and academic groups within the earth sciences. IUGS believes that it is of mutual benefit to establish close links with other organisations engaged in geoscience activities, and especially those organisations whose work relates to some of the major activities of IUGS.