The 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) was held during 27 August - 2 September 2016 at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa.

The IGC meetings has been considered as the Olympics of Geological Science held every four years and hosted by member countries. The highlights of the IGC are the Symposium and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Congress. The IUGS is one of the largest and most active non-governmental scientific organizations in the world. Founded in 1961, IUGS operates closely with UNESCO with the current special consideration on: International standards; Geoscience education; Geoscience information; and Environmental management and hazards. Thailand is also the member of IUGS through the Department of Mineral Resources. In this meeting, Dr. Tawsaporn Nuchanong, DMR's Director General, led his delegation to the IUGS Congress. One of the highlight of this meeting is to vote the country to be the host for the 37th IGC in 2024. There were four countries competing including South Korea, Germany, Russia and Turkey.

The Theme of the Symposium 35th IGC is "Geoscience for Society", which include 48 topics to cover all geoscience aspects. This is truly one of the most important geoscience meeting and congregation. In this regards, we have Dr. Dhiti Tulyatid, a lecturer at the Division of Geoscience, Mahidol University, Kanchanaburi Campus, participated and gave two oral presentations:

1. Paper no. 1803 (Theme: Heritage, conservation and management): Geoconservation and sustainable development through Geotourism for the Kanchanaburi Region, Thailand.

2. Paper no. 1194 (Theme: Rock Deformation and Structural Geology): Three Pagoda Fault Zone of the Kanchanaburi region interpreted from airborne geophysical data. (with Ms. Wanida Rangubpit, DMR.)

Benefits from Participating the 35th IGC Meeting

1. Hot topics include Geoheritage & geoconservation; Medical Geology, Geoscience Education and Geoethics.

2. South African countries have great amount of mineral resources thus there are still a lot of mining activities going on supported by recent development of mining technology that can handle negative impacts on environment.

3. Opportunity of exchange ideas and experiences with world-class geoscientists, strengthening friendship, networking, update recent situation and information, as well as achieve materials from world-class geoscience organization.

4. The next 36th IGC will be held during 2-8 March 2020 in Delhi, India. South Korea has been voted to host the 37th IGC in Busan in 2024. This has marked the success of member countries in S and E Asia to host two consecutive most important geoscience meeting of the world in this region.

Source: Mahidol University

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