2008 Conferences

March
EUROGEOSURVEYS AGRICULTURAL SOIL GEOCHEMICAL MAPPING PROJECT
5-7 March, Berlin, Germany
The EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Working Group had a meeting in Berlin from March 5-7, 2008. At this meeting the GEMAS-Project (Geochemical Mapping of Agricultural Land and Grazing Land Soils of Europe) was launched. 34 European Geological Survey Organisations have agreed to collect samples of arable land (ploughing layer, 0-20 cm) and of land under permanent grass cover (0-10 cm) at a density of 1 site per 2500 km2 in their territory. The total area covered will be about 5.8 million km2. The project is a continuation and extension of the Baltic Soil Survey (Reimann et al., 2003). The project is led by Dr. Clemens Reimann, of the Norwegian Geological Survey, who is Chair of the EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Working Group and Vice President of the International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC). The European metals industry, represented by EuroMetaux in Brussels, will contribute to this project over a period of four years.

March
GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA. GEOHEALTH I: BUILDING BRIDGES ACROSS THE GEOLOGICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES.
4-6 March, Reston, Virginia, USA
This conference was held at the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters and attracted nearly 100 participants representing about 50 different government, academic, and private organizations. The format of the conference generated considerable discussion and interaction between the participants.

March/April
SEGH 2008: Health Implications of Environmental Contamination
31st March – 2nd April, Athens, Greece
SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY AND HEALTH. 26TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE
The conference was co-organised by the Hellenic Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME) and the Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA).

April
EUROPEAN GEOSCIENCE UNION GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2008. Vienna
13-18 April, Vienna, Austria

July
ENVIRONMENTAL PATHOLOGY AND MEDICAL GEOLOGY, SHORT COURSE
In July, Jose Centeno was invited to present a series of lectures on medical geology at a short course hosted by the Bolivian Division of the International Academy of Pathology. The course was held in La Paz, Bolivia with the participation of over 60 scientists and medical professionals including pathologists, clinicians, toxicologists, epidemiologists, environmental health professionals, and geoscientists. As a result of this course, the Bolivian Division of the International Academy of Pathology has agreed to move forward to formally establish the Bolivian Chapter on Medical Geology. For more information on the Bolivian Chapter, please contact Dr. Rafael Cervantes Morant at rcmqui@yahoo.com or Dr. Jaime Rios-Dalenz at jriosdal@hotmail.com.

August
The 33rd International Geological Congress
August 6-14, Oslo, Norway
Download an overview of symposia related to medical geology and Theme of the Day - Water, human health and the environment here. Website: http://www.33igc.org

September
Global connections between earth sciences, health and policy - a symposium in celebration of the International Year of Planet Earth.
25 Sep
The US National Academies and its Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) hosted this Symposium which highlighted the relationships between earth sciences and public health. The scientific sessions featured several examples of health issues related to geological systems including soil, air, and water. A Panel of scientists from the public health and geosciences communities was also assembled to discuss the integration of scientific research, particularly risk assessments, into policy strategies at the state, national, and international levels. Jose Centeno served as a member of the Organizing Committee and was invited to present the introductory remarks on behalf of IMGA and the International Year of Planet Earth

October
SYMPOSIUM: ENVIRONMENTAL PATHOLOGY AND RESPIRATORY TOXICOLOGY
Medical Geology was again a topic of interest at the recent XXVII International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology held in Athens, Greece, October 12-17, 2008. A Symposium entitled "Environmental Pathology and Respiratory Toxicology" was organized by Dr. Jose Centeno and Dr. Florabel G. Mullick, President, International Academy of Pathology, and highlighted the health effects of dust as a research topic in Medical Geology. IMGA speakers included Jose, Geoffrey Plumlee (USGS), and Mark Lyles (US-Navy).

October
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GEOPHAGIA
23-25 October, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Staff from WSU recently participated in the lst International Conference on Human and Enzootic Geophagia in Southern Africa which took place at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein. It was organized by the research team on Human and Enzootic Geophagia in Southern Africa of which Prof. Ekosse, Director: Research Development, is the Project Leader. The conference was held from 2008. Prior to the conference, the 4th workshop of the Geophagia Research Group was held from the 19th- 22nd October 2008.