Coming Symposia


47th INHIGEO SYMPOSIUM 2022 at Les Eyzies in southwestern France


The Comité français d’Histoire de la Géologie (COFRHIGEO) will organize the 2022 INHIGEO Congress in France, from September 15th to September 24th, 2022, in the Périgord region (southwestern France).


The main venue of the congress will be Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, a picturesque village in the Vézère Valley, otherwise known for its National Museum of Prehistory, its many prehistoric sites and decorated caves (Lascaux, Cro-Magnon, La Madeleine, Font de Gaume, Combarelles, etc.). The village of Les Eyzies de Tayac is in the heart of an active tourist region with many accommodation offers at reasonable prices. The village is also well served by train from the city of Bordeaux.


The 5-day conference will include four days of talks and scientific activities, and one-day excursion in the Vézère Valley (Lascaux IV, Le Grand Roc, Laugerie Haute & Laugerie Basse). Conference talks and poster sessions will take place at the Pôle International de Préhistoire of Les Eyzies, from September 17th to 21st, 2022.


The main scientific themes will be:


1. History of Quaternary geology, prehistory and geology of caves;
2. History of Miocene geology, since the region includes the Burdigalian and Aquitanian stratotypes;
3. Other sessions of the conference will cover all subjects related to the history of geosciences.


In addition, pre- and post-conference excursions, subject to independent pricing and organization, will be planned:


Pre-conference excursion, from Poitiers to Les Eyzies (September 15th to 16th): The impact sites of Chassenon-Rochechouart resulted from the fall of an asteroid in Triassic times. Molten and brecciated rocks, observed by Desmaret in 1773, were long taken for volcanic rocks, and remained a geological enigma until the 1960s, when the impact origin was recognized


Post-conference excursion, from Les Eyzies to Bordeaux (September 22nd to 24th): The Vézère Valley and other prehistoric sites further south, in Périgord and  Quercy (Pech Merle and Cougnac caves), will be visited. The excursion will end with the Miocene sites of the Bordeaux region: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont (studied since 1620); the Saucats and La Brède Natural Geological Reserve (Burdigalian and Aquitanian stratotypes, Montesquieu’s house). Some Bordeaux vineyards and cellars, notably the Bordeaux Wine Museum, will also be on the program.


The Conference program will be supervised by a Scientific committee, chaired by Philippe Taquet, former president of the INHIGEO and current president of the COFRHIGEO. The material organization (registrations, financial management) will be entrusted to an Organizing committee, chaired by Claudine Cohen, Françoise Dreyer, Gaston Godard and Pascal Richet. It will benefit from several sponsorships and the services of the association Naturalia et Biologia. The abstract and excursion booklets, written in English, will be published in digital formats, and if possible, in hard copy.

After a year of pandemic, we invite you with great pleasure to come to Les Eyzies for a congress which will be the occasion to meet again and to visit interesting sites in a pleasant region.


For more information see the conference website:


Download the Third Circular.


INHIGEO sponsored History of Geology session at the 6th International Palaeontological Congress

From Gondwana to Laurasia, Thailand, 7–11 November 2022

INHIGEO members Kathleen Histon (Ireland), Susan Turner (Australia) and Toshihiro Yamada (Japan) are organizing a history of palaeontology session at the upcoming 6th IPC on behalf of INHIGEO:

Hidden histories revealed in scientific revision of palaeontological collections

Description: Research in palaeontology in relation to scientific revision of palaeontological collections often leads us to work on historical documents and publications in order to reconstruct their stories. Many hours can be spent in museum collections, archives, libraries and online tracing original publications, the development of theories or techniques in palaeontology, disputes and discussion of taxonomic classification, biographies and correspondence between scientists, notes on specimens within collection boxes or museum records regarding their revision, transfer or loss. This documentation forms a fundamental part of a palaeontologist’s research and is often contained within a short paragraph on Previous Studies or under remarks on systematic descriptions within monographs and scientific papers as after all the main objective is to resolve the taxonomic issues and complete the systematic studies. In this IUGS International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences (INHIGEO) sponsored session we would like to provide a space for this research to be presented and highlight the interaction between history and palaeontology. Contributions on the aspects outlined above are welcomed.
Publication of papers from this INHIGEO session is planned as a Special Issue in the peer-reviewed journal Earth Sciences History.


Abstract submission to the congress.  Deadline extended to 15th August 2022

Extended Deadline for registration payment 15th August 2022


For information on the planned special issue see 6th_IPC_INHIGEO_Symposium_3_Special_Issue_Earth_Sciences_History.pdf


For detailed information on the congress please visit




INHIGEO Annual Conferences for 2023–24 are scheduled as follows:


2023 – 48th INHIGEO Symposium, Poland

2024 – 49th INHIGEO Symposium, South Korea, Busan (in association with the 37th IGC)




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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