The Institute of Geosciences (IG) is a teaching and research unit of Campinas State University (UNICAMP as in the acronym in Portuguese), whose campus is located in the city of Campinas (SP), one of the most important scientific and technological development hubs in the country, 100 km away from the city of São Paulo.
IG was created on 21 September 1979 under the coordination of Professor Amilcar Oscar Herrera, a world-renowned geologist and researcher due to his contribution to the social-economic development of Latin-American countries.
IG decided on a multi-disciplinary approach right from the start, combining knowledge of different disciplines and the specialty subjects of Professional Earth Sciences and a variety of training courses geared to topics such as Education in Geosciences and Science and Technology Management and Policy.
This enabled IG to create a unique framework in the country, comprising the university´s three Departments today: Geology and Natural Resources (DGRN), Geography (DGEO) and Science and Technology Management and Policy (DPCT).
IG is based in a building of around 10,000 m² and features a community of 800 people among graduation and post-graduation students, professors, staff and associates.
The Institute offers undergraduate courses in Geology and Geography and post-graduate courses in Geology, Geography, Science and Technology Policy and Education and History of Earth Sciences. A complex of laboratories conducts research on a wide range of areas of knowledge, with multidisciplinary interaction. Extension courses, community and cultural services and initiatives complement the academic activities conducted at IG.