1. The programme framework is ready
  2. Venue stood the test
  3. Committees ready to start working
  4. 1st Circular: Call for session proposals
  5. Oslo's new signature
  6. POLARCAT won the race for first proposal
  7. All programme proposals welcome
  8. IPY Open science in St.Petersburg
  9. Programme of 39 sessions
  10. Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard
  11. IASC provides travel support to early career scientists
  12. 2nd Circular: Call for abstracts
  13. Time to get a booth at PolarEXPO!
  14. PolarCINEMA ready to receive polar films and TV-documentaries
  15. Steven Chown to be awarded the Martha T Muse Prize at IPY-OSC
  16. The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
  17. Unique opportunity for science teachers
  18. A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists
  19. Several opportunities to get travel support
  20. More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
  21. Registration now open
  22. 400 stipends distributed to early career polar scientists
  23. Get your Letter of Invitation
  24. Invitations out for the PolarTEACHERS conference
  25. PolarCINEMA committee very satisfied with the turnout
  26. More than 2500 abstracts accepted
  27. RV Oceania to Oslo for IPY-OSC
  28. Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL
  29. Poster guidelines
  30. Time slots allocated for sessions
  31. Book before 6th May: Glaciers and fjords - excursion to the scenic highlights of Western Norway
  32. Draft programme ready
  33. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010
  34. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend the conference
  35. 9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson
  36. 10th June Keynote: Ole Henrik Magga
  37. Tinker Foundation travel grants for Latin American participants
  38. 11th June Keynote: David Barber
  39. 12th June Keynote: Alexander Frolov
  40. 2200 have registered so far
  41. Make sure your media contacts are invited
  42. PolarEXCHANGE with Sue Nelson
  43. Patrick Webber awarded with the first IASC Medal
  44. Arctic sea ice cover heading towards another record low?
  45. Teachers and young scientists join forces in Oslo
  46. Making marfu and melting ice
  47. Preparing for tomorrows polar science
  48. Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon
  49. Cruising the Oslo Fjord for polar history
  50. Warm opening of a cool conference
  51. A territory of dialogue
  52. From policy to action
  53. Signing agreement for cooperation
  54. Rising sea levels on the agenda
  55. Prestigious prize for work in Antarctica
  56. Polar expedition to the FRAM Museum
  57. More cold and snowy winters to come
  58. Arctic and Antarctic partners sign agreement on polar education
  59. Medal for science and inspiring mentorship
  60. Science should incorporate indigenous knowledge
  61. A road movie on ice
  62. Data on ice loss in the Arctic Ocean can be misleading
  63. On the making of polar documentaries
  64. Encounters on Polar Street
  65. Morning plenary: Vladimir Kattsov
  66. International Polar Year officially closed
  67. Survey shows Norwegians believe in science
  68. 1st Circular out for IPY 2012 MONTRÉAL
  69. 2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal
  70. Reminder: Call for abstracts
  71. One week left till Abstract Deadline
  72. Updating the IPY Publications Database for the IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal
  73. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

Venue stood the test

igc-ing (Ingressbilde)

From 6th to 14th of August our conference venue in Lillestrøm outside Oslo hosted the 33rd International Geology Congress. 6,000 scientists from 113 countries attended the IGC, which turned out to be a success.

"We followed the 33rd IGC closely in order to learn all we could. The organisers have generously shared their experiences with us. Our conclusion is that the venue is very well suited for a conference of this magnitude", says Olav Orheim, Chair of the IPY-OSC 2010 Steering Committee. The 33rd IGC was the largest academic congress ever to be held in Norway.

King Harald of Norway in conversation with Secretary General Anders Solheim (left) and 33rd IGC President Arne Bjørlykke.Photo: Kristen Ulstein
King Harald of Norway in conversation with Secretary General Anders Solheim (left) and 33rd IGC President Arne Bjørlykke.

"We are particularly grateful to IGC Secretary General Anders Solheim. He has been very helpful and

minded from the first contact we made, and we will draw heavily on the solutions developed in the course of their four years of planning. Currently we are also negotiating with the PCO that were on contract for the IGC", Orheim says.

Participants content

"A fantastic experience", says Anders Solheim. "In general, almost all participants have been both positive and content, and have given very good feedback to us through the Congress committees. The lectures and scientific programme have been of high quality", he tells us.

The 33rd IGC began with the theme of the origins of life, while the theme for the final day took geology into outer space. Academics have discussed questions of climate change, natural disasters, medical challenges and the future energy mix. Excursions throughout the Nordic countries was arranged before, during and after the Congress. The recruitment of new academics is important for the future of geology, and the IGC offered stipends for young, promising researchers. The Geohost stipend made it possible for 571 people from the whole world to take part.  

About IGC

The International Geological Congress is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization whose meetings are held in collaboration with, and under sponsorship of, the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The IUGS holds its General Assemblies in conjunction with Sessions of the IGC.

The first International Geological Congress was held during the Paris Exposition of 1878, with 310 members from 23 countries participating.  The 34th Session is planned for Brisbane, Australia, in August 2012. The main purpose of the Congress is to encourage the advancement of fundamental and applied research in the earth sciences world-wide.

Visit the 33rd IGC website

Gisela Jackson on stage during the opening ceremony - singing Photo: Kristen Ulstein
Gisela Jackson on stage during the opening ceremony - singing "The Circle of Life" from Lion King.

From the plenary hall.Photo: Kristen Ulstein
From the plenary hall.

Excellent expo facilities will be made available to institutions and commercial partners.Photo: Kristen Ulstein
Excellent expo facilities will be made available to institutions and commercial partners.

Last updated: 12.08.2009