Sesssion 5: Sustainability in dimension and ornamental stones industry (from exploitation to application)

Within the session 5 Sustainability in dimension and ornamental stones industry (from exploitation to application) interesting presentation concerning both heritage and dimension stones with the goal of sustainability. At the following tlink the list of contributions.

A picture of some participants at the end of session5 – SGi SIMP22


During its main 60th anniversary celebration, the IUGS is pleased to present the “First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites” at an event in Zumaia, Basque Coast UGGp (Spain).

This announcement will kick off an endeavor to designate geological sites  from around the world that are iconic, recognized by all geoscience community for their impact in understanding the Earth and its history. More than 200 specialists from almost 40 nations and ten international organisations, are taking part in it.

The First 100 aspires to be an unforgettable event that ends with a spectacular celebration.

Mark your calendars for the big IUGS@60 event. October 25-28


II international Workshop on Heritage Stones took place, on 5-7 October 2021, at Politecnico di Torino in the marvelous “Salone d’Onore” of Architecture’s Faculty .

Here the final program with all the contributions.

The workshop organized by Politecnico di Torino – Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, Università di Torino – Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra  e ANIM Associazione Nazionale Ingegneri Minerari, with the support of IUGS – International Union of Geological Sciences, UNESCO Earth Sciences  & Geohazard Risk Reduction (progetto IGCP-  637) and  under the patronage of the Piedmont Region and the Città di Torino, saw the active participation of scientists and stakeholder from India, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romanian, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Egypt, Slovenia, Brasil, Columbia, Marocco, Argentina.

Sharing one’s own cultural heritage stones through scientific research was the goal of this three-day meeting with a specific goal to involve young and female researchers as well as scientist from emerging countries.

The three-day program saw the participation of more than 60 participants in presence and remotely.

Special thanks to the keynote lecturers:

  • Prof. Lorenzo Lazzarini Laboratorio di Analisi dei Materiali Antichi – Università IUAV Venezia dealing with “The Red Imperial porphyry: the history of use, quarries and petrology of the most important and ubiquitous stone of antiquity”
  • Prof.  Gurmeet Kaur,  Department of Geology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India dealing with “International commission on Geoheritage and its subcommission with special reference to subcommission on Heritage Stones”

and to ALL THE PARTICIPANTS for their active and special contributions.

The scientific community and the stakeholder of sector took the appointment for the III International Workshop on Heritage Stones in India in 2023 sure to rediscover the atmosphere of scientific passion, friendship and collaboration, which has been the leitmotif of this second workshop .

Natural Stone and World Heritage – 3rd volume
UNESCO Sites in Germany

Edited by Angela Ehling, BGR, Berlin, Germany,
Friedrich Häfner and Heiner Siedel, TU Dresden,

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GHSR’s featured in the Sustainable Development Goal 12 of UNESCO-IGCP