Date: August 20-28,
Center, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italy
International Geological Congress
32 Organizing Committee
before January 10, 2004, Registration,
March 31st, 2004
Program of the 32nd IGC consists of Plenary
Lectures, Special Symposia, Topical Symposia, General Symposia,
Workshops, Short Courses and Field Trips. The Scientific Program
Committee has involved a large community of geoscientists through
a call for proposals, which has led to the development of the
following program. After the First Circular and ensuing interaction
with the scientific community, the program was extensively
A few symposia and session titles have been changed or reclassified,
several new sessions have been added and a few have been cancelled.
As a consequence, the identification numbers have been changed
with respect to the First Circular. We thank all individuals
and organizations that have contributed with suggestions and
helped to organize the Scientific Program of the 32nd IGC.
The list of acronyms and corresponding organizations appears
in glossary of acronyms .Plenary
There will be seven Plenary Lectures, given by eminent scientists,
on subjects relevant to the main focus of the conference.
Among the subjects covered are Geological Hazards and Geo-resources.
These lectures are open to all participants and will take
each day at midday in the Plenary Hall.
Each symposium consists of sessions comprising oral and poster
presentations. A special slot has been reserved for poster
presentations on the afternoon of each day, after the end
of the oral sessions, with the express purpose of focusing
on this important form of communication. Each of the almost
three and fifty hundred sessions planned will be overseen
by two or three conveners who, if present, will co-chair
The conveners of each session will select the oral and
poster presentations and maximize participation in the
in order to create the best possible scientific program.
Generally, sessions have a half-day duration, and comprise
eight to ten
oral presentations, inclusive of key notes and discussion,
where foreseen. Shorter and longer sessions may be scheduled,
also in relation to the number of abstracts submitted.
following three types of symposia are planned.
Special: these symposia focus on interdisciplinary
and frontier themes and consist of invited oral presentations
Topical: these symposia focus on specific
themes and include both invited and volunteered presentations.
be accepted for either oral or poster presentation.
General: the topics include all areas
of Earth Sciences. Submission of abstracts
for the general sessions
to all participants.
Abstracts will be accepted for either oral
or poster presentation.
The workshops provide an occasion for geoscientists to
discuss issues concerning themes of common interest.
The themes have
been proposed by the conveners. The workshops address
specialists interested in new research in various subject
with results to share are most welcome to attend. Most
workshops will be held at the Congress Center before
and after the
Congress. One-day workshops will also be held during
the Congress. Some
workshops may include field excursions.
The short courses are an educational and/or technical
training opportunity under qualified lecturers.
The format includes
hands-on activities and practical exercises.
Lecturers will illustrate the present status of topics
technological interest. The short courses are
open to those who require specialized
information for their own work, or who wish to
broaden their general knowledge. Most short courses will
held at the
Congress Center, before and after the Congress.
One-day short courses
will also be held during the Congress. Some short
courses may include field excursions.
The Mediterranean area offers a complete rock record
spanning from the Precambrian to the Holocene,
belts, thick exposed crustal and mantle sections,
magmatic rocks, and classic fossil and mineral
collecting sites. In the Italian peninsula and surrounding
the signs of
recent tectonic activity, volcanic eruptions,
earthquakes, glacial processes, coastal evolution, large
phenomena and floods are carved in the present
landscape, providing impressive
sights. Field trips also offer the possibility
to focus on recent devastating natural hazards and on geological
of famous archeological sites such as Pompeii
To give the participants in the Congress any
possible opportunity to examine these features, a large number
of geological field-trips
offered as pre-congress,
during-congress and post-congress excursions.
One special excursion across the ranges of Central Asia
on June/July 2004.