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International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

International Geoscience Programme Council

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The IGCP Council, supported by the Scientific Board, is responsible for evaluating project proposals according to the IGCP Guidelines, as well as for the quality assessment of projects that are in progress. 



The International Geoscience Programme Council shall be composed of six ordinary members, with the right to vote, appointed by mutual agreement by the Director-General of UNESCO and the President of the IUGS. The Director-General of UNESCO and the Secretary-General of the IUGS or their representatives shall be ex officio members of the Council without the right to vote.

The IGCP Council shall be assisted in its scientific duties by a Scientific Board established for this purpose jointly by UNESCO and IUGS on the recommendation of the Council. The IGCP Council shall define the terms of reference of the Scientific Board.

IGCP Council Bureau:

IGCP Council members with five theme group leaders:

  1. Earth Resources: Dr Jonathan Craig (UK and Northern Ireland) - nomination in 2020
    Earth Resources theme presentation, Jonathan Craig

  2. Global Change: Dr. Weijian Zhou (China)
    Global Change theme presentation, Weijian Zhou

  3. Geohazards: Prof. Carlos Alberto Vargas J. (Colombia)
    Geohazards theme presentation, Carlos Vargas Jimenez

  4. Hydrogeology: Dr Mohamed Jalludin (Djibouti) - nomination in 2020
    Hydrogeology theme presentation, Mohamed Jalludin

  5. Geodynamic: Dr Hassina Mouri (South Africa) - nomination in 2020
    Geodynamics theme presenation, Hassina Mouri

Observers of IGCP Council


IGCP Scientific Board

The Scientific Board consists of about 50-60 specialists who are charged with the technical reviews. Once a year, the IGCP Council assisted by the Scientific Board assess the progress of about half a dozen existing projects as provided in their annual reports and also critique several new project proposals for the future funding. They assemble at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the IGCP Council meeting, usually held in February each year.

The selection of the Scientific Board Members is the responsibility of the IGCP Council. Council and Board members jointly reflect a worldwide geographic distribution and represent specific fields in the Earth sciences:


    Profile and Application Procedure

    IGCP Council Members must fulfil at least three of the criteria below:

    • Hold a PhD in Earth science
    • Have a proven exemplary track record in a particular field of research and still be actively doing research
    • Be considered a high-level expert in a particular field
    • Have a proven record of international scientific collaborations

    The following documents should be sent directly to the IGCP Secretariat in UNESCO. The language of all documents shall be English:

    1. Completed nomination form and declaration on the respect of the IGGP Statutes, IGCP Operational Guidelines as well as on the fact there are no conflict of interest
    2. Detailed CV (including a complete publication list and a list of research projects in which the candidate is/has been involved for the last 5 years)
    3. A list of your 10 most important publications during the 10 last years
    4. Cover letter explaining motivation and added value of the candidate to the IGCP Council

    Call for applications (deadline: 1 May 2022)


    UNESCO Contact

    • Özlem Adiyaman
    • Marie-Laure Faber
    • Section on Earth Sciences and Geoparks 
      Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences
      Natural Sciences Sector
      7, place de Fontenoy F-75352 Paris 07 SP
    • Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 14 33/07 84

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