About IGSC

The International Geosciences Student Conference (IGSC) is a student-led and student-organized event.

IGSC is an excellent opportunity to build leadership skills, network with peers and sponsors, and make a difference in the community.


With the upcoming IGSC meeting in Uppsala we want to create a platform where students from various Earth Science backgrounds come together to exchange ideas, present their research and enhance knowledge. We want the meeting to be a platform for connection and a cornerstone for collaboration and friendship.  We acknowledge our privilege of living and studying in the very open-minded and diverse city of Uppsala and we want to invite fellow students and speakers to become part of this community.



As students, we know how important in our early career stage is to be able to successfully present our work confidently. We believe in 'practice makes master' and that there is no better way of improving but by actually applying theory in real life. During the 5 days of the conference, participants will get a chance to listen and/or to present their own research in a form of oral or poster presentation.


Additionally, IGSC attendees will participate in workshops led by industry leaders where they can gain practical skills and hands-on experience in trending geoscience topics. Conference agenda will also include keynote talks both from Academia and industry who by providing interesting insights from their work will interact with the students.



This year's IGSC leading theme is Sharing ideas. Responsibly securing natural resources.


With the ever importance of climate change and the energy transition we want to draw student’s attention to the role of geosciences in shaping the future of the world.


During the technical programme, we would like to focus on the way our discipline contributes to securing the natural resources responsibly and sustainably for the next generations and how geoscience helps to move towards green and clean energy for a better future for many generations to come.

The technical programme will be a platform for discussion on the following main themes but not limited:

Raw Materials

Non-energy raw materials constitute an integral part of the technical reality, being a fundamental component of all of the modern industries. The need for electric vehicles (EV) and an expectancy of a higher standard of living strived for by many countries will require optimal use of existing materials, efficient exploration of new deposits, improved mining practices, and seeking of alternatives for scarce materials. Materials, that are of supply risk and high economic importance are called critical and oftentimes they are vital in the energy transition. The proliferation of wind turbines, solar panels, batteries for EVs (and in general), and many other important technologies will be throttled by the need to compete for these resources. These challenges provide ample opportunity for Earth Science students in the area of innovation and technological improvements in the exploration of mineral resources


Keywords: innovative exploration techniques (airborne, drones/UAVs), mining, sustainably securing raw materials, cost-effective methods, environmentally-friendly tools


Our society needs the energy to survive and grow. A diverse and wide range of energy resources is available to meet the ever-increasing demand on the energy. While the traditional hydrocarbon will likely continue to support this demand, new energy possibilities are emerging leading to the so-called energy transition era. Lessons learned from these various energy sectors such as reservoir optimization and recovery, sequestration, exploration and how to sustainably and environmentally friendly remain to be a challenge.


Keywords: subsurface characterization, exploration, sequestration, geothermal, thermal energy, compressed air, energy transition


Geohazards pose a high risk on communities which live in close proximity to potential areas of occurrence. Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, storms - the list is enormous. Even with increased possibilities of monitoring and forecasting such events along with improved building standards decreasing vulnerabilities of affected communities, geohazards often result in devastating disasters. Earth Science students that apply themselves in this topic may become responsible for a large number of lives saved and improvements in quality of life around the globe.


Keywords: seismology, geohazards monitoring


Water is essential for life. However, narrowing its characteristics down to this fact would never encompass all it’s influencing and forcing factors. For this topic, we invite all water-interested participants to submit their abstracts. Topics might range from glaciology and coastal geomorphology to water-related challenges in mining. We are looking forward to your ideas and, of course, to reading your abstracts!



Keywords: glaciology, coastal geomorphology, water-challenges in mining/exploration environments


We all share one environment with resources which are not all renewable but most often finite. Each year, Earth overshoot day highlights the fact that human consumption exceeds Earth’s regeneration capacities. With this day being earlier every year it is needless to say that sustainability is a very important field to deal with. We are looking forward to see and listen to your approaches, challenges and innovative ideas!



Keywords: sustainability, social, economic, environmental aspects of mining, oil&gas, exploration, resource extraction


The five main topics of the conference have been chosen to fit the most important geoscience questions within the frame of the IGSC’s theme: “Sharing ideas. Responsibly securing natural resources.” The “Other” topic has been added for those abstracts that are relevant for the main theme,  and do not fit within the five main topics.



From/To the airport


Arlanda Airport (ARN)

Arlanda Airport is an international airport located around 40 km South from Uppsala and it is also the closest airport.

It takes 20 min to travel by train and 40 min from Arlanda airport to Uppsala Central. The train is the most expensive option (225 sek, ~ 22 eur) and the bus is the cheapest option, with FlixBus’ prices starting from 29 sek and UL commuter operating on a standard price of 97 sek.


Useful links:

Train and bus connections between Arlanda Airport and Uppsala Central station: www.sj.se/en

Flixbus: www.flixbus.com


Bromma Stockholm Airport (BMA)

Bromma is the international airport which is the closest to Stockholm and lies around 70 km South from Uppsala.  There is no direct connection to Uppsala, however, taking a bus to Stockholm and then the train would be recommended in order to commute to Uppsala.


Buses from Bromma to Stockholm are operated by Flygbussarna: www.flygbussarna.se/en/Bromma


Skavsta Airport

Is the airport which is operated by budget airlines like Wizzair and Ryanair.

It is also the airport, which lies the farthest from Uppsala (~170 km). In order to get to Uppsala, it is recommended to take a Flygbussarna bus to Stockholm (80 min) and then to take a direct train to Uppsala.


Transport within Uppsala

Uppsala is a university town with a very good pedestrian and cycling pathways covering the whole city and most of the places are accessible by walking as the distances are quite close.

For faster commuting within a city, we can recommend taking a bus (UL), which also have very good coverage of the bus stops in the city. There is no student discount on the bus tickets.


For more information on prices and timetables for UL buses: https://www.ul.se/



Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and is to be secured by the participant.


The city of Uppsala is filled with different accommodation options ranging in price.


We offer help and assistance with finding the accommodation in Uppsala.


Suggested accommodation options in Uppsala*

Vandrahem Uppsala Centralstation

From 250 SEK/person

Bangårdsgatan 13, 753 20 Uppsala

Info website


Uppsala City Hostel

From 250 SEK/person

S:t Persgatan 16, 753 20 Uppsala

Info website

Vandrarhem Uppsala Kungsängstorg

From 495 SEK/person

Kungsängstorg 6, 75320 Uppsala

Info website


Hostel Fyristorg

From 495 SEK/person

Fyristorg 8, 75310 Uppsala

Info website


Selmas hytt & salong

From 550 SEK/person

Östra Ågatan 93, 75318 Uppsala

Info website


Hotel Centralstation

From 449  SEK/person

Bangårdsgatan 13, 75320 Uppsala

Info website

*prices based on the Hostel/Hotel website​


Uppsala University


Located 71 km North of Stockholm, Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden and one of Sweden’s oldest cities, dating back to the 3rd century. The city center is filled with small hidden cobblestone streets, while the Fyris river flowing through the city only adds to the picturesque value. To top it up, the city is filled with laid-back cafes and bars, as well as big shopping malls, giving the perfect combination of the new and the old.



History lovers will be pleased with what the city has to offer. Gamla Uppsala (the old town of Uppsala) is just a short bike ride from the city center, where the huge burial mounds of pre-Christian monarchs are seen.


In the city, one can admire the Domkyrka or Uppsala Cathedral, Scandinavia’s largest church and the tallest building in Uppsala. Uppsala castle is the second tallest building in the city. Built-in 1549 by King Gustav Vasa, it holds today a number of museums inside.


The Carolina Rediviva library, built in 1841, is the largest library in Sweden with over 5 million volumes and the famous Codex Argenteus (the Silver Bible). For those appreciating the beauty of nature, the Botanic Garden and the Linnaean Garden are the places to visit. Both of them are located in the heart of the city and celebrate the famous Carl Linnaeus, born in a village close to Uppsala.

Uppsala University 


Uppsala University is the oldest established university in the Nordic countries, founded in 1477. With more than 40,000 students and nearly 5,000 researchers and teachers Uppsala University is one of the biggest and most esteemed universities in Sweden. This is evident with its solid international ranking every year, aspiring entrepreneurs, and a great number of discoveries least to mention Ångström, Celsius and Linnaeus. Among its alumni, there have been 15 Nobelists, 8 of whom received the award for the work done while in the university.



Geocentrum hosts the Department of Earth Sciences. It is the broadest geoscience department in Sweden. It is located close to the Museum of Evolution and the Botanic Garden. Hosted in the same building is also the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) allowing a great interaction between the two organizations. The department is made of five previous departments integrated into one in 1998. Today it is the place where more than 2,200 students study per year and more than 250 researchers inducing Ph.D. students are employed. The main focus of the university is research but the level of education is still maintained on a top level. It is worth mentioning that the department is ranked in the top 100 earth science departments in the world. The research is focused on a wide range of subjects, from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic structures in minerals to the formation of mountains and oceans as well as technology developments.



All EU citizens, as well as citizens from the EFTA and the countries with special agreements on visa-free movement with Sweden, do not require a visa for tourist purposes. To find out if a person needs a visa to enter Sweden or additional information, such as the requirements, how to apply and the time required to receive it, we recommend consulting the official Swedish Migration Agency website (www.migrationsverket.se).


Unfortunately, we can't provide the formal invitation, however, once you are registered to the conference and paid registration fee, we can provide you with the proof of registration and admission to the IGSC 2019.

Villavägen 16, SE 752 36

Uppsala, Sweden


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