South Africa has won the bid to host the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC), which will be held in Cape Town in 2016.
The IGC is held every four years, and is a major gathering of earth scientists from around the globe, attended by more than 6 000 delegates.
At the conference, the latest insights into processes in and on the Earth are discussed and debated, which, in more recent years, have had a strong focus on climate change and its impact on natural earth-system processes.
A feature at this year's congress was the energy crisis and the potential of the non-renewable resources of our planet, i.e. oil, coal and uranium, to meet the ever-growing demand in the future.
SA’s bid was conceived as a bid to involve the southern African region and the support of all states within the region was solicited prior to the Oslo meeting. At the time of the bid, South Africa had the full support of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania.
In introducing the SA bid and extending the invitation to host the 35th IGC on behalf of the Government of South Africa, the CEO, Thibedi Ramontja, stressed the need for a more concerted effort in building capacity among southern African states in the field of the earth sciences.
He announced an initiative aimed at introducing a sustained effort in this regard that would draw on the vast expertise vested in the network of earth scientists under the umbrella of the IGC and the International Union of Geological Sciences.