The International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) includes an active and growing community of individuals and institutions around the world.


Our aim is not only the historical study of geological sciences in all their forms, but also its promotion and dissemination, as well as the creation of effective links between this historical knowledge and the broader contemporary context of the Earth sciences and humanities.


This truly multicultural approach is one of our main strengths, together with a general attitude of mutual collaboration, scientific curiosity and friendship, which has developed particularly within the INHIGEO annual meetings and fieldtrips down through the years. In order to continue this positive trend, the Commission encourages proposals of new memberships, in particular from non-represented countries and from young researchers.


INHIGEO achieves its objective by sponsoring a major annual symposium on specific themes with associated publications while fieldtrips on the history of geology of the host country complement the scientific sessions and promote awareness of this cultural resource for society. The commission issues a substantial "Annual Record" that details historical research into earth sciences worldwide by members, publicises pertinent historical activities, gives reports of ongoing projects/tasks and provides scholarly reviews. Current news is also given in the INHIGEO Quarterly Circular.

INHIGEO was established by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in 1967 and is also affiliated with the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPS) under the Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST).

INHIGEO currently has 308 members from 56 countries and 14 affiliated organisations.






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 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 is an ongoing Commission, which acts within an international context and with an interdisciplinary approach, addressing the varied topics of history of Earth sciences within congresses, symposia, articles, books, collections of documents and digitalisation projects.


Contact Us


PD Dr. Martina Kölbl-Ebert
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of of Munich
Luisenstrass 37
80333 Munich



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