Coming Symposia



The Mexican Delegation of the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences is delighted to organise our 43rd INHIGEO Conference, to be held at the Palace of Mining in Mexico City, from November 12th to November 21st, 2018.



-) History of vulcanological studies

-) Humboldt's influence in earth sciences

-) Werner's neptunists in America

-) History of mining and oil research

-) General contributions on the history of Geology


Mid- Meeting field trip to Tepoztlan, devoted to cross one of the most impressive Quaternary volcanic fields of the transmexican Volcanic belt in central Mexico. This field is constituted by 250 monogenetic cinder cones, the youngest born in the last 2.000 years, when there were already human settlements in the region. The field trip includes a visit to the scenic Miocene volcanic succession near Tepoztlan, which is a beautiful village with traditional architecture.


Post-Meeting five-day field trip to Oaxaca, with the goal of traveling along a representative section of the central Mexico stratigraphy, from the Quaternary volcanic successions to the Proterozoic high-grade metamorphic terranes. The trip
includes the visit to Cretaceous paleontological rich sites and emblematic archeological centers. Overnights will be in Puebla, Tehuacan and Oaxaca. Important geologic landscapes to see during trip are the highest stratovolcanoes in
Mexico (Popocatepetl, Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba), the Tehuacan Valley, the Juarez range and the colorful Jurassic units of Oaxaca.



18 May 2018 Notification of acceptance and 2nd Circular

15 July 2018 Closure of early bird registration for Conference, Post- Meeting trip, and accompanying participant´s registration


400 US Dollars for Conference and Mid-Meeting Trip (early bird registration)

Fee will include: coffee breaks and lunch during the Conference, transportation and lunch during Mid-Meeting trip, as well as the Conference dinner at the Geological Museum.

400 US Dollars for Post-Meeting Trip (early bird registration)
Fee will include: transportation, hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

250 US Dollars for special program for accompanying participants (early bird registration)
Fee will include: Special tours during the Conference, Mid-Meeting Trip and the conference dinner at the Geological Museum.

Registration fees will not include accommodation costs during the conference.


NEW: Please notice the new opportunity: PRE-MEETING FIELD TRIP
Please be advised that the Geophysics Institute has organized a pre-meeting field trip to the Comara Minera Global Geopark for us, taking place on 11 November.
This is one of the places Humboldt visited and wrote about.
There are only 20 places on offer, so please contact the organizers as soon as possible to reserve your place.
The price of the fieldtrip is 150 $ including transportation, lunch and entrance tickets. Payment is on the day of the trip.


Please find more information in the Second Circular:


2nd Circular








The conference will take place at the University of Insubria, with scientific sessions being held in Varese and Como and a final session in memory of Nicoletta Morello at the Visconti di San Vito medieval castle in Somma Lombardo. This area of North-Western Lombardy is also known as the Italian 'lake district', located within the mountains and the attractive scenery of the Prealps bordering Switzerland. Participants will be based in Varese and transport for the sessions in Como and Somma Lombardo will be provided. The morning scientific session in Como will be followed by a half-day visit of the city.

There will be a special program for accompanying persons.


- History of the Earth sciences in mountain environments
- History of communication in the geological sciences
- General contributions on the history of geology

The mid-meeting one-day field trip will follow the path of the geo-paleontological excursion on the Prealps north of Varese, undertaken by the participants of the 7th meeting of the Italian Society of Natural Sciences in September 1878.
A post-meeting five-day field trip (8-12 September) will include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio (one of the most important fossil localities in the world for the Middle Triassic, which has been studied since the mid-19th century), the mining park in Cortabbio, the quarries of Valceresio and Ornavasso, Turin city, Oulx and Monginevro in the western Alps.

The first circular will be available in November 2018.

For additional information visit the symposium website or contact our Vice President Europe, Ezio Vaccari, and the Organizing Committee:




INHIGEO Annual Conferences for this period are scheduled as follows.


2020 – 45th INHIGEO Symposium New Delhi, India (in association with the 36th International Geological Congress),

2-8 March 2020


2021 – 46th INHIGEO Symposium, Krakow, Poland, 18-24 July
and DHSR Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, 25-31 July





Our Partners

  • International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
  • International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • The History of Earth Sciences Society

INHIGEO encourages scholars to join HESS and publish their papers in the journal "Earth Sciences History":




Our Mission

The primary objective of the INHIGEO involves promoting studies in the history of geological disciplines. In so doing, the Commission endeavours to stimulate and coordinate the activities of regional, national, and international organizations having shared purposes. The Commission also works to foster the publication of individual and collective works that illuminate the history of the geological sciences.


INHIGEO achieves its objective by sponsoring a major annual symposium with associated field activities. It also promotes publication of individual and collective works on the history of geology and issues a substantial "Annual Record" that details historical research into earth sciences worldwide, publicises other pertinent historical activities and provides scholarly reviews of recent literature on the subject.


Information & Credits


Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marianne Klemun

Department for History

University of Vienna

Universitätsring 1

1010 Wien


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