Coming Symposia




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 Second Circular can be downloaded here:

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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