IMA 2014 - South Africa

21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association

From 1 to 5 September 2014 at the Sandton Convention centre in the Gauteng province of South Africa

Important dates:

28 February 2014 10 March 2014 – Call for Abstracts Closes

17 April 2014  – Early Bird Registration closes

30 April 2014 – Abstract Submitters informed of outcome


Professors Elena Belluso and Caterina Rinaudo, with colleagues prof. Alessandro Gualtieri (Università  di Modena e Reggio Emilia) and prof. Michey Gunter (University of Idaho) are Convenors of the Session: "Inorganic Fibres, Biosphere, and Assessment".

The purpose of this session is to explore the characterization, diffusion and toxicology of a variety of inorganic fibers of both natural - asbestos and non asbestos classified - and synthetic, e.g. man made ceramic and titanium dioxide fibers, natural in origin vs anthropogenic environment and their interaction with humans and animals. This interdisciplinary topic attracts scientists from several fields and especially geosciences - geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, material science, chemistry, biology, physics, medical sciences and others. Besides the determination of the risk assessment and possible health hazard, a thorough discussion on this topic may be of benefit to prompt decisions of social and political relevance and plan international intervention actions as far as the environmental health protection is concerned.