Geology’s Olympics in Oslo

Climate change, the environment and future energy supplies were top of the agenda at the 33rd International Geological Congress (IGC), which was held in Oslo 6–14 August 2008. NordForsk sponsored 30 Nordic PhD students with the congress participation fee and organised a poster competition at the congress.
 Geology’s Olympics in Oslo
– NordForsk aims to increase collaboration between Nordic researchers. By supporting young researchers and students in the geological field, NordForsk facilitates the creation of Nordic research communities, which may be of great value to the researchers and to Nordic geological research in the future, says Senior Advisor Harry Zilliacus at NordForsk.

Three winners of the poster competition were awarded NOK 25 000 each:
  • Evy Glørstad-Clark, University of Oslo
  • Jussi Pokki, University of Helsinki
  • Kristian Vasskog, University of Bergen

IGC is the most wide-ranging of gatherings in its field. The congress is held every four years and many researchers consider it akin to geology‘s Olympics.

6000 scientists from 113 countries discussed questions of climate change, natural disasters, medical challenges and the future energy mix, with particular focus on the impact of these new challenges on the everyday lives of the peoples of the world. Excursions throughout the Nordic countries were arranged before, during and after the Congress.

The International Geological Congress 2008 was organised jointly by the Nordic countries, and the Nordic Council of Ministers and NordForsk were among the sponsors.

Visit the congress homepage.