Existence and evolution of the human race, as well as all life forms depends on “Mother Earth” and its environs. Therefore, an understanding of various aspects of geosciences is important - e.g. processes in the earth’s interior, evolution of crustal fluids, plate movements, relationship between stress and fluid migration, formation of mineral/ore deposits, basin formation and river dynamics, hydro-(geo)logy and water quality, natural hazards and mitigation, engineering geology and its role in infrastructure development, exploration/exploitation of fossil fuels, climate preservation and the use of non-conventional energy resources etc.

Independent India has already seen three generations of geoscientists who have played a key role in Nation Building. However, with a huge population of 1.25 billion people, India faces several challenges that must be overcome in order to provide good quality of life to its citizens in the near and distant future.The role of earth scientists in this regard is critical. With an eye on the next generation of geoscientists, who are expected to take India forward in the coming decades, the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur is organizing the present seminar.

The seminar will bring together large number of geoscientists to discuss aspects such as
  • Sub-surface Fluids and Earth Processes
  • Contribution of Groundwater Studies to Indian Society for Sustainable Utilization
  • Modern Tools in Geological Mapping and Modelling
  • Microstructures, Texture Analysis and Tectonics
  • Active-/Neo-tectonics and its Impact on Society
  • Engineering Geology for Sustainable Development
  • Ancient Life Dynamics: Future Trends and Conservation
  • Seismic Hazard and Microzonation
  • Shallow Surface Geophysical Investigations and Mineral Exploration
  • Climate Change and Green Energy

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