Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association IMA 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The 22nd meeting of the International Mineralogical Association will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from the 13th to 17th of August, 2018.

As a convenor of the Session

"Mineral-hazards: The Environmental and Human Health Problem Represented by Raw and Man-processed Mineral Phases with Special Attention to Asbestos Minerals"

I warmly invite you to consider submitting an abstract relating to this important topic.

The occurrence of elements or minerals such as asbestos phases can make exposure to the soils and rocks that contain them hazardous. Due to natural causes (drainage, leaching) or anthropic factors (mining activity or activities related to landscape modification), such phases or elements may be disseminated in the surrounding environment, resulting in contamination of soil, water, air media. This process may take place directly in the site of natural occurrence or in the sites where such minerals are processed at industrial scale. This session welcomes contributions in the topic of identification, characterization, bio-chemistry and assessment of toxicity (both in vitro and in vivo) of raw and man-processed mineral phases with special attention to asbestos minerals, mineral phases composing the airborne particulate, which represent an environmental and human health problem.

Convenors: Alessandro F. Gualtieri, Elena Belluso, Mark Hendrickx, Philip Hibbs

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The call for abstract is open until February 28th, 2018. The abstract submission page is available at the address

Looking forward to seeing you at IMA 2018 Melbourne.


Alessandro Francesco Gualtieri