Balkan Geophysical Society (BGS) is a non-profit organization, constituted in accordance with the agreement which was set up in 1993 between the geophysical societies of Balkan peninsula countries. The member societies include

Association of Geophysicists of Albania

Bulgarian Geophysical Society

Hellenic Geophysical Union

Association of Hungarian Geophysicists

Romanian Society of Geophysics

The Chamber of Geophysical Engineers of Turkey

Geophysical Society of Yugoslavia

that enjoy equal rights in the activities and administration of the BGS.

The objectives of the BGS are to promote the application of geophysics, to foster the collaboration and mutual assistance between geophysicists of member countries. The BGS achieves its objectives through joint research projects, publications, congresses, workshops, courses, inviting lecturers. The BGS shall be to develop closer cooperation with the international geophysical societies.

The first three-years period of presidency of BGS has been performed by Hellenic Geophysical Union between 1994 and 1996. The second period between 1997 and 1999 will be executed by The Chamber of Geophysical Engineers of Turkey and be followed by Bulgarian Geophysical Society in the period of 2000-2002.

The First Balkan Geophysical Congress took place in Athens between 23-27 September 1996. 282 oral and poster papers have been presented related to the applied geophysics, solid earth and space geophysics, earthquake seismology, instrumentation and case histories. 381 individuals from 33 countries have been officially registered in the congress. Two round tables (Earthquake Prediction and Environmental Protection) and a managerial session (New Frontiers of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Exploitation in South-Eastern European Countries ) were organized. An interesting workshop on Seismic Imaging and Reservoir Characterization was held in the second day of the congress. The latest technologies on the instrumentation and services were demonstrated in the technical exhibition area by 17 companies from all over the world.

Balkan Geophysical Society will continue to organize international scientific meetings and to coordinate joint research and social programs for the mobility of the researches and the exchange of scientific information.