Subcommission on Geo-Collections

The Subcomisión on Geo-Collections forms part of the International Commission on Geoheritage, which is, in turn, a scientific Commission established by the International Union of Geological Sciences.

Geo-Collections contain physical specimens and their metadata that are crucial for understanding Earth and the extraterrestrial bodies. GeoCollections educate and inspire the public, preserve the planetary record for future generations, while also enable research. They provide a foundation for understanding Earth processes on all time and space scales, from the microscopic to the planetary. They underlie research into our most pressing fields: the origin of water and life on Earth, climate change, environmental justice, hazardous waste disposal, and developing new resources, including green technologies.

Our mandate is to stablish an international program to identify and give recognition to those Geo-Collections of the highest scientific value.

Objectives

Main Goals

1. Our mandate is to stablish an international program to identify and give recognition to those Geo-Collections of the highest scientific, historical, cultural, and/or educational value.
2. Coordination of the IUGS Geo-Collections program.
3. Compilation and maintenance of an IUGS Geo-Collections database.
4. Collaboration among International organizations related to geological sites.

Executive

Subcommission on
Geo-collections

Mathias Harzhauser

Marcela Gomez

Leslie Hale

MATHIAS HARZHAUSER

Chair

MATHIAS HARZHAUSER

Natural History Museum Vienna.

MARCELA GÓMEZ

Vice-Chair

MARCELA GÓMEZ

Colombian Geological Survey, Colombia.

LESLIE HALE

Secretary General

LESLIE HALE

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA.

Voting Members

Europe

Austria
Mathias Harzhauser
Natural History Museum Vienna.

Bulgaria
Ruslan I. Kostov.  Mineralogy, Bulgarian Geological Society.

Germany
Angela Ehling.
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources.

Great Britain
Mike Rumsey. Mineralogy, Natural History Museum London.
Rachel Walcott. Geology, mineralogy, National Museums Scotland.

Italy
Stefano Dominici. Natural History Museum Florence, Università di Firenze.

Lithuania
Jonas Satkūnas. Lithuanian Geological Survey.

Russia

Elena Kotova. Geology, Gornij Institute St. Petersburg.

Spain

Silvia Menéndez. Palaeontology, Geological Museum of the Geological Survey.

America

Colombia
Marcela Gómez. Geology, Colombian Geological Survey.

USA
Ester SzteinDirector of International Programs, Geological Society of America.

Kerstin Lehnert. Geoinformatics, Columbia University.
Leslie Hale. Petrography and mineralogy, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Asia

Australia

Mary Anne Binnie.South Australia Museum.

China
Li Chun. Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

India
Ramanathan Baskar.
 Geoscience education, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology Hisar.

Africa

Morocco
Hasna Chennaoui Aoudjehane. Meteoritics and planetary science, Hassan II University of Casablanca.

South Africa
Lazarus Kgasi. Pleistocene palaeontology, National Museum of Natural History, Pretoria.