The official slogan for the Busan IGC 2024 will be "The Great Travelers: Voyages to the Unifying Earth”
The phrase “Great Travelers” reflects geologists with the past, present, and future passion, inspirations, and efforts to unveil the origin, interactions, and evolution of the Earth system and emphasizes the participants to the IGC 2024 Busan who will advance our existing knowledge of the physical and chemical processes of the Earth’s interior and surfaces, as well as other planetary bodies.
The phrase “Unifying Earth” stands for cutting-edge experiments, monitoring, observation, and theoretical endeavors to explore the fundamental nature and interaction of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere from the Hadean magma ocean covering the Earth in its early history to its current stratified structures, from that of a human lifetime to the billions of years of the geologic timescale. The efforts contribute to reveal hidden signatures of evolutionary paths of the Earth’s system. As we stand on the threshold of what may be called the Anthropocene where an ecosystem is irreversibly, influenced by human activities, the active discussion, the discovery, principal findings and development of knowledge during the Busan IGC 2024 will lead us to predict and solve anthropogenic global environmental changes, natural hazards, and changes in terrestrial and marine resources and the ecosystem.
Unified Korea has been anticipated for the last seven decades. With the unique scientific efforts to host the IGC 2024 in the Korean Peninsula, geologists in both south and north Korea will join together to discuss and reveal the geological history of Korean Peninsula. Whereas there have been a few such occasions in other disciplines, this will certainly be the first meaningful journey by the Korean geologists to the Unifying Earth.
Particularly, the Busan IGC 2024 contributes to establish the global network of “E-geology”, such as “Virtual Fieldwork program” connecting the important geological sites through internet. Access to the relevant information for the important geological sites will be available online. This will lead to a new evolution to the future education of geological sciences.
Finally, combining elements unique to the geological settings of East Asia and advances in electronics and internet technology in Korea, the Busan IGC 2024 offers a exciting stage where the geologists from all the globe can celebrate new geological discovery and scientific breakthroughs aided by one of the world-best, web-based infra structures.