July 19, 2015
Webinar: Medical Geology - What we need to do for a healthy future
August 7, 2015 at 10 AM (Mexico City and Central USA time), 3 PM (GMT)
Important! If you have not received an e-mail invitation from “anymeeting” please contact IMGA Co-chair Maria Aurora Armienta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Medical Geology has grown rapidly since the formal emergence of this discipline nearly a decade ago. This growth is evidenced by: the formation of international, national, regional, and local geology and health groups; the establishment of a regular series of international conferences (MEDGEO) as well as national conferences and technical sessions at scientific conferences; and the publication of numerous books and articles on the topic. But, the discipline is not as healthy as it should be. Among other ailments it suffers from a paucity of jobs, sparse funding, a lack of formal educational opportunities, and an absence of recognition and acceptance by established organizations. What can we do to improve the health of the discipline? We should all make a concerted effort to communicate with the broader geoscience community in which some view us as a curiosity and volunteer to give talks on what geology and health is all about and how it is relevant. As individuals and organizations we need to reach out to the public health organizations to convince them that we can be valuable collaborators rather than competitors we should organize sessions and give talks at their conferences. We need to be more creative in seeking funding support for our research e.g. approach state, regional, local geoscience, public health, environmental, water and air quality organizations. We need to educate the decision makers at every level as to the value of input from medical geology researchers in addressing a wide range of environmental health issues. And most of all we need success stories and clear demonstrations of how we have reduced suffering from environmental health problems. This is a prescription for a healthier future for medical geology.
Bob Finkelman is Research Professor in the Geosciences Department at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas, USA.
July 14, 2015
Revised final MEDGEO2015 program available
Organizers of the upcoming conference have released a revised final conference program (PDF).
July 13, 2015
June 29, 2015
Executive Committee announces Councillors and MEDGEO venues
The Executive Committee welcomes new councillors for the 2015-2017 term: Hector Rubio (México), Darren Beriro (UK), Cassio Da Silva (Brazil), Laura Bogel (Chile), Ester Sztein (USA), and Iosif Volfson (Russia). Their term of office will begin this summer at the MEDGEO conference in Aveiro, Portugal.
The venues for future MEDGEO conferences have been selected based on proposals and member surveys. MEDGEO2017 will be held in Russia and MEDGEO2019 will take place in China.
June 25, 2015
June 24, 2015
Local Chapter Reports
6-month reports for Local Chapters are now available on their repective pages.
MEDGEO2015: 26 July – 1 August 2015, Portugal
The conference will be held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal during the week of July 26, 2015. As with previous conferences, contributions from all fields of biomedical, public health, and geoscience research will be presented.
MEDGEO2015 is organized by the IMGA Portuguese Chapter. For further information please contact Dr. Carla Patinha (email@example.com) or Dr. Eduardo Da Silva at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ISEG10: Reduced registration fee for IMGA members
The International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry has announced a reduced registration fee for SEGH and IMGA members. The standard early bird rate (before December 7, 2015) is AU$880 and is reduced to AU$770 for members of SEGH and IMGA. The official information is available on the ISEG 10 website and registration brochure.
This symposium is a leading international forum for scientists, consultants and public managers, working on the broad area of environmental geochemistry and health. Symposium participants will convey expertise in a range of scientific fields, such as geochemistry, biology, engineering, geology, hydrology, epidemiology, chemistry, medicine, nutrition and toxicology.
The geochemical environment has evolved and is complex. This insight is essential to understanding natural systems and the influence of human activities in order to devise appropriate management strategies. ISEG10 provides a forum for presenting original and innovative research in the broad area of environmental geochemistry. We encourage scientists, consultants, regulatory authorities and other practitioners (public health / environmental health) with an interest in the links between environment and health to meet, discuss, and share their research and experience. The symposium will promote awareness, enable recognition of the trans-boundary nature of current environmental issues and assist management through the application of appropriate techniques and strategies
35th International Geological Congress
An exciting Scientific Programme relating to the three core topics of the Congress is being planned:
IMGA is organising a session on Medical Geology at this conference:
Medical Geology Session
June 1, 2015
Payment of IMGA dues. All Members please pay your dues.
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February 24, 2015
Estimating human exposure to potentially harmful elements in soils
Members are encouraged to sign up; follow the link sent to you by email. Interested members of the professions are encouraged to join IMGA and then sign up to these types of prestigious events.
January 30, 2015
DUES NOW PAYABLE - 2015 Membership
The difficulties with our on-line payment system have been fixed and Members should now be able to pay their Dues without problem. Please note: when you click the final "Next Step" button your transaction leaves the control of the IMGA website. There may then be delays with the payment system as it is handled by DIBS (outside of IMGA's control). Sometimes notification pages within the money transfer sytem take a long time to refresh and internet transmissions may be affected by various local and internet-related causes. These issues are not the responsibility of IMGA; you are strongly advised to wait for a "payment received" confirmation message before disconnecting your computer.
January 30, 2015
THE WORLD MULTIDISCIPLINARY EARTH SCIENCES SYMPOSIUM - WMESS 2015
This Symposium comes up in September 2015 and includes a "Medical Geology" Session, (the Convener of this session is: Professor Uriah Alexander Lar, Department of Geology and Mining, University of Jos - Nigeria; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org). Abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible by creating an account to log in to the WMESS 2015 on-line system - use the address give below. Presentations will be published as "proceedings" of the symposium.
January 30, 2015
BIOREACTIVE CLAY MINERALS; IMPACTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN HEALTH
There will be a Geology and Health-related session at the Euroclay Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland (July 5-10, 2015).
Conveners: Lynda B. Williams (Arizona State University, USA); Timothy P. Jones (Cardiff University, United Kingdom); Fernando Rocha (Universidade de Aveiro, Aviero, Portugal)
6th International Conference on Medical Geology
The World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium (WMESS 2015)
September 7-11, 2015
January 19-21, 2016
35th International Geological Congress
August 27 – September 4, 2016
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)