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  • Letter of Abstract Acceptance 7 June, 10 June, 2016
  • Schedule and Conference Programme 20 June, 30 June, 2016
  • Accommodation deadline 31 August, 2016


Gaston Giuliani, Lee Groat and Federico Pezzotta (contact:

Gems are minerals which are valued for their beauty and rarity. The purpose of this session is to gather the latest results related to aesthetic mineralogy, from descriptions of new occurrences of coloured gem minerals to the state-of-the art of advances in the scientific knowledge of their formation, their geologic and/or geographic origin, and to establish their mineralogical identities, in order to answer the unknowns of the question "why do minerals sometimes become gems?". The session will encompass all aspects related to coloured gem studies from field to laboratories including geology and genesis of the deposits, crystallography, gemmology, geochemistry, and experiments for natural and synthetic gems. Contributions will bring together academics, industry, mineral collectors and museum curators alike working to discover the secrets of the birth of these beautiful mineral specimens.

The keynote speaker will be Dan Marshall (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, Canada)

Jose Miguel Nieto, Salvador Morales and Rafael Pérez-López (contact:

Exploitation of mineral resources, together with their industrial transformation, generates an enormous amount of wastes, representing a significant potential risk to the environment. The objective of this session is to highline the important role of mineralogy and geochemistry to provide tools that could help in the valorization, prevention, remediation and reduction of the impact caused on the environment by mining activities and industrial activities. The goal of the session will be to offer the state of the art in this field, including from mineralogical/geochemical characterization of different types of industrial and mine wastes, to the role of mineralogy in the development of proposals for the remediation of mining and industrial sites, through the application of new analytical techniques or the development of study procedures.

Oskar Thalhammer, Anna Vymazalova and Federica Zaccarini (contact:

Accessory minerals occur in small quantities in their host rocks, usually representing less than the 5% of the modal composition. For this reason they are not considered an essential component. Nevertheless, a number of them can be used to obtain precise geo-chronological data, to model the physical-chemical condition of their crystallization and they can also provide information about the type of magma and/or fluid from which they and their host rocks formed. Mafic-ultramafic rocks contains a series of accessory phases, including the platinum group minerals (PGM), that are able to accurately constrain the origin and the age of the metallogenic system and those of their host rocks. This session aims to stimulate the discussion about the important role of the accessory minerals in different rocks by combining contributions from the full range of modern mineralogical and geochemical investigation techniques. This session is dedicated to Prof. Giorgio Garuti and to his first 50 years of academic activity.

John Bowles, Nigel Cook and Hannah Hughes (contact:

Advanced technologies and the accelerating move away from carbon-based fuels following COP21 in 2015 have highlighted the need for secure supplies of the metals required. Typically these metals have a high value and are in short supply due to the rarity of their occurrence and bottlenecks in their extraction. Strategically it is preferable to avoid a monopoly by country, region or enterprise and the overall criticality is a combination of supply, demand, geographic concentration and perceived political risk. Although recycling of some of these elements is greater than 50%, for many recycling is below 1%. This session will examine the properties of minerals that may offer a resource of Ga, Te, Ge, In, Hf, the platinum-group and the rare-earth elements as well as Co, Ta, Nb, V, Sn and Cr.

The keynote speaker will be Jorge Relvas (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

Robert Anczkiewicz, Daniela Rubatto and Igor Villa (contact:

This session explores the fundamental links between geochronology and petrology. It is increasingly clear that the the significance of age measurements is controlled by the mineralogy of a geochronometer, the petrogenesis, thermobarometry, and textural relationships of the dated rock and its constituent minerals. The tools to advance our understanding include spatially resolved / stepwise release analyses, high precision analyses, and the context provided by multi-isotope systematics. We invite contributions that investigate the timing of geological processes in crustal, mantle and planetary samples, the precision-accuracy dilemma, as well as analytical and methodological developments.

The Keynote speaker will be Andrew Kylander-Clark (University of California Santa Barbara)

Food for good

food for good

As of 2015, Palacongressi di Rimini offers its clients the opportunity to recover leftover food from their events and donate it to charities . Palacongressi endorses Food For Good - from meeting to solidarity, an initiative born out of a collaboration between Federcongressi, Food Bank and Equoevento. Every year in Italy, over 6 tons of food go to waste; at the same time, there are 10 million people living in poverty, 6.3 of which in conditions of absolute poverty, including 1 million children between the ages of 0-5 years. The contribution of organisers and exhibitors at the Palacongressi is therefore of major importance: with no additional costs and in agreement with Summertrade chefs, the catering company of the Rimini Fiera Group and official partner of the Palacongressi, menus are planned which are suitable both for the guests' needs and for the conservation and transport of any leftovers, resulting in a worthy act of social responsibility for the local area. The results and the feedback we have had in the first months of the project speak for themselves. Contact our staff for more information: always ready to help guide your choice.  The association chosen by Palacongressi is Opera Sant'Antonio di Rimini, a group of volunteers that manages the city's soup kitchen.

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