NEWS DIGEST FOR 2014
December 15, 2014
(1) Members! login to the Member area to read the Chairperson's Christmas message and review of this year's activities.
(2) Unfortunately we can confrm that the difficulties with our payment system will be 'with us' until well into January 2015. We kindly ask for your patience. If the matter is urgent please write to the Treasurer. (Webmaster)
December 14, 2014
Attention Students! (1) Preliminary announcement: The IMGA is planning to offer a one-time, one-year (2015) membership fee of 5 Euros for new full-time students (graduates and undergraduates). The details are still being developed. Joining will be done through this website.
(2) Call for Abstracts:
The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) in association with The University of Texas at Arlington (USA) CONFERENCE: URBAN SOILS AND METAL CONTAMINATION: ISSUES – REMEDIES; March 30th -April 1st , 2015, University of Texas, Arlington, Arlington, TX (USA)
ORAL & POSTER PRESENTATIONS* Abstract Deadline: Jan 5th, 2015
use this web address for more information: http://www.segh.net/events/
(3) All Members and new joiners; our payment system is experiencing some technical issues; please be patient; please keep checking - we're 'working on it'! Webmaster.
November 16, 2014
(1) Members! - log in to the Members' area to see details of IMGA's first Webinar By Jose A. Centeno - Friday 21 Nov (9am Eastern USA time)
(2) The IMGA's next major international event is our conference in Portugal.
Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline: 15th December, 2014.
use this web address:- http://medgeo15.web.ua.pt/dates-deadlines/
Early bird registration rate until 3rd April 2015.
(3) Elsevier PhD Student Research Grants - Proposals due 1-December, 2014
Elsevier's PhD Student Research Grants help support the cost of analytical needs of geochemistry PhD students. PhD Student Research Grants of up to $US 3,000 may be awarded annually, based upon receipt of deserving proposals, as determined by Committee.
Applications for Student Research Grants for 2015 will be accepted until 1-December 2014. Funds will be dispersed to winning applicants before 1-May 2015. The recipients of each Student Research Grant will be profiled in Elements, on the IAGC website and in the spring edition of the IAGC Newsletter. Recipients will also receive a one-year complimentary IAGC membership. For application instructions and to download the necessary forms, please visit: www.iagc-society.org/phd_grants.html
July 26, 2014
Research works on radon safety in Azerbaijan
(an update from our Russian Chapter, by Farah Veliyeva)
With the aim of studying the radon distribution in the territory of Azerbaijan, the Institute of Geology of the National Academy of Sciences (Russia) has started maintaining a project with the help of a grant from the Swiss National Scientific Foundation (SNSF). During the funded period which started in 2010, 2500 radon detectors “Gammadata” supplied by SNSF, have been used to identify radon occurrences; in addition, maps of radon activity concentration for Azerbaijan were created and dangerous blocks of living quarters were identified. The aim of the second phase of the research was to formalise the use of Swiss technology for anomaly radon concentrations treatment in living quarters. The mutual initiative of scientists from Azerbaijan and Switzerland was supported again by SNSF headquarters. Further work on the radon problem in Azerbaijan was continued in 2013. The aim of a new project is to use the Swiss technology to ensure radiation safety of populations through reduction of radon concentrations in air of living quarters and employment sites.
July 19, 2014
The Association's July 2014 Newsletter (#24)has just been published. Members should login to the Members area to retrieve a copy (beware - very large file ~4MB). Non-members - see an overview of our activities from the front page(click here).
July 13, 2014
Yordanos B. Molla has advised us of an interesting study that she has co-authored about a neglected tropical disease. The paper - "Modelling environmental factors correlated with podoconiosis: a geospatial study of non-filarial elephantiasis" can be veiwed at:
An interesting follow-on discussion has been taking place on our sister site in LinkedIn.
May 6, 2014
Information events form the Superfund Research Program SRP Arsenic Panel Discussion Webinar Series - parts 1 and 2 - starting today! please see the following link
April 14, 2014
Updated flyer for MedGeo'15 (6th International Conference on Medical Geology)in Portugal 26 July - 1 August 2015.
March 24, 2014
The First International Symposium in Africa dedicated to Medical Geology is being held at the University of Johanessburg (Auckland Park Campus) - 24-26 Mar 2014. Members can access Abstracts for the symposium in the Members' part of this site.
March 16, 2014
The Association announces the retirement of our Foundation Editor-In-Chief - Dr David Elliott. He will be replaced by Dr Mark Cave who also serves as a current Councillor. Dave worked tirelessly to give the Association its vibrant Newsletter and other communication tools since our formation in 2006. Dave leaves with our grateful 'thanks' for his excellent contribution.
February 25, 2014
Our Councillor - Kim Esbensen, recently visited Iran where he attended the 32nd National & 1st International Geoscience Conference (Theran) - which included a 2-day Medical Geology symposium in the Caspian Sea city of Rasht.
The Geological Survey of Iran made a major effort in organising this event. There was a huge crowd at all events, and Medical Geology issues had a constructive airing, pertaining not only (but mainly) to Iran and surrounding countries. Representatives from Ukraine were in strong attendance as were delegates from Georgia and Parkistan.
February 22, 2014
A special issue of Geosciences will be issued later this year entitled: "Medical Geology: Impacts of the Natural Environment on Public Health". The Guest Editors will be well-known professionals in Medical Geology - Jose Centeno, Robert Finkelman, and Olle Selinus. Geosciences is an open source, online journal (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/geosciences). Members please login to see more information about opportunities to contribute to this forthcoming publication.
As a member of IMGA you receive: the IMGA newsletter twice a year with papers, articles, book reviews, accounts of conferences & workshops, etc., notice of upcoming meetings, and interesting short pieces of news and information. You will also have the following benefits as a member: e-mail newsletters with information on upcoming activities, reduced fees to attend conferences organized by IMGA, such as the biannual international conferences on Medical Geology - the next one (MEDGEO2015) in August 2015 in Aveoro, Portugual, the GeoHealth Newsletter - issued twice a year, and activities related to human health, the extensive international network of IMGA, access to the members' restricted website with information on meetings, job opportunities, papers and many other matters.
If you join a local Chapter of IMGA, a certain amount of the dues can be used by the Chapters for local activities in medical geology. In the near future we are planning for additional benefits, such as scholarships and funding for students attending medical geology meetings. ............ JOIN
February 13, 2014
Registration and abstract submission is now open for the 51st Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society, to be held May 17-21, 2014 at Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
Clay, Nanoparticles and Health.
The study of clays and health represents an emerging research field that encompasses a range of scientific disciplines such as chemistry, geology, and agriculture. Clays are environmentally important for their impact on element reactivity, mobility, toxicity and effects on public health. The advancement of new technologies and methodologies for evaluating these nanometric minerals has enhanced our study of their interactions with biological systems. This session invites studies on how clays can be utilised as unique resources that impact human and environmental health, considering both the benefits and the detrimental effects.
International Geological Correlation Programme
( IGCP/SIDA Projects 594 and 606)
Closing Workshop of the IGCP/SIDA Projects 594 and 606:
“Addressing Environmental and Health Impacts of Active and
Abandoned Mines in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Prague, Czech Republic, May 26-27, 2014
You are cordially invited to present the results of your work at the 'Closing Workshop' jointly organised by the IGCP/SIDA-594 and IGCP/SIDA-606 projects. The Workshop will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from May 26 to 27, 2014, in cooperation with the Czech Geological Survey and the Mangosuthu University of Technology, Republic of South Africa. A one-day post-workshop field trip is planned to visit the remediation of the in-situ uranium leaching area at the Stráž p. Ralskem, Czech Republic, on May 28, 2014.
Student Scholarships - Geological Society of America
From the proceeds from MEDGEO 2013 the Geology and Health Division of the Geological Society of America has decided to establish two student research grants (see announcement). We are requesting that you consider sending this announcement to your student membership. Any student who is a member of the GSA and the Division would be eligible to apply for these grants. Please note the deadline for submissions.
January 1, 2014
The IMGA is Co-organising a symposium in China (see additional information under "Conference Update". Abstracts invited now.
ISEH 2014: International Symposium on Environment and Health
4-5 July, 2014, Peking University, Beijing, China
- College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University
- GIS Centre, Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway
- The Geographical Society of China
- SETAC Asia/Pacific
- Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH)
- International Medical Geology Association (IMGA)
- Pacific Basin Consortium for Environmental and Health