Federation of Geosciences Associations (FIGA)

Over the years the earth system science has become a truly interdisciplinary field of science with an increasing realization for a common platform and to exchange and interlace the views and activities of the earth sciences communities. This is expected to bring in synergy across the earth science community and the scientific programmes of national and international relevance taken up by the scientific associations. This is also expected to be in tune with the international organization like IGC and IUGG.

As of now, the Indian contributions and international initiatives have largely been based on the initiatives and opinions of individuals rather than that of the geosciences community as a whole. It is high time that we bring together contemporary technologies that can address either directly or indirectly the geoscientific issue to arrive at an effective and sustainable solution in the country. It is in this context, one of the effective approaches is to bring in all the associations dealing with various facets of geosciences together and put in a concerted effort in suggesting future activities at national and international levels.

This platform will enable interaction between scientists on a regular and continuing basis, apart from facilitating a synergic interaction across disciplines and various working groups and associations of geosciences and allied areas. This will incidentally provide an incubating ground for young researchers to plan and initiate major nation programmes in the country. This forum is also expected to work out the need and scope to initiate major facilities and programmes for the advancement of geo-scientific knowledge and application in the country. Thus considering the paramount need to synergize various disciplines and cross-fertilise R & D initiatives with in the earth sciences community, persistent effort since 2007 have culminated in the formation of FIGA in 2014.

Triennial Congress

One of the main objectives of FIGA is to bring in all the geosciences together to be able to put in comprehensive efforts for the progress of geosciences in India. In this context, FIGA has taken the responsibility to facilitate a collective and synergic approach to address the national needs and comply with the international requirements both from Government and geosciences fraternity points of view. Having identified some of the pertinent problems that demands the attention of the geosciences community in the country, FIGA has constituted a number of Commissions to deal with specific problems and tasks. The Member Associations and the Patron Member Institutions have been putting in focused efforts to address the contemporary challenges on specific areas of geosciences. It is, in this context, to fortify the efforts of the individual Associations and Commissions a few aspects of contemporary importance are identified to understand the status and proposed scientific strategies for its development.

Organizing a Triennial Congress with the joint efforts of Member Associations and geosciences institutions in the country is opined to yield subtle and viable S & T plans for a focused development of the nation. In this context, the FIGA has identified 'Geosciences for Sustainability' as the focal theme of the 1st Triennial Congress to be organized at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad during 8-10 November, 2016. Apart from this focal theme many other relevant themes will be discussed in various symposia and workshops either individually or jointly by the members as an integral part of the event.

Focal theme :

Geosciences for Sustainability

The Technological and socioeconomic performances have been facing multifaceted challenges throughout the globe. The change in natural systems and associated processes, accelerated by anthropogenic interventions has been inducing unforeseen complexities in the process of development and sustainability. The need and scope for utility of geosciences knowledge is pervading almost all fields of life on the Earth apart from the management of natural resources and a healthy environment. The multiple scale interactions of ecosystems with the process - response characteristics of both living and non living resources and systems are observed to control the productivity and sustainability. The role of Geosciences is getting more and more prominent not only in Earth science disciplines, but also in Life Sciences and Environmental sciences demanding scientific strategies towards sustainability.

It is time that understanding Geosciences with a synergic approach and transforming the elements of education and use of geosciences towards sustainability of humans life and the earth resources with a focus on water, energy, climate change, natural hazards etc. is inevitable. Earth Sciences, being a historical and interpretative science can educate the society on interactions in coupled human - environmental systems based on the recognition of various manifestations and various processes - response manifestations at different spatial and temporal scales. In addition this discipline can provide meaningful inputs as it comprehends and embeds on quantifiable scientific uncertainty and extreme events. Despite many such advantages with built in geologic reasoning for sustainable science geoscientists have not been active participants in the development and adoption of this emerging science. The economic transformations and the developments in science and technology in India demands a multi disciplinary approach which can be geoscience centre. 'Geosciences for Sustainability' chosen as the focal theme, this is of contemporary relevance.


Dr.Kalachand Sain
Convener, FIGA Triennial Congress
Senior Principal Scientist&Head
Gas-hydrate Group
CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute
Uppal Road,Hyderabad
e-mail: kalachandsain@yahoo.com
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