Sweden
Updated 22 June 2016

Chapter Leader: Prof Robert Wålinder, Dept of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University Hospital, 751 85, Uppsala, Sweden
Email: robert.walinder@medsci.uu.se

The IMGA Local Chapter in Sweden was established in 2011.


June 2016

Network structure and aim

The formalities of chapter administration are diminished to a more minimalistic network with Robert Wålinder as the network administrator.  We are open for initiatives such as discussions, announcements of new books and articles, meetings or other professional exchange.

Six months summary

December 2015:  An offer from former chapter leader Olle Selinus who is selling his book, "Medicinsk Geologi" [In Swedish] from the publisher Studentlitteratur 2010.  Order from this booksite: http://www.bokborsen.se.  The price is "up to 1.50 Skr". If you are a teacher or arranging courses dealing with medical geology you might get samples free.  Contact Olle Selinus or the chapter leader.

March 2016:  Anna Ladenberger, from the Swedish Geological Survey, gave a lecture on Medical Geology, ”Medicinsk geologi ur svenskt perspektiv - från berg till vatten” [In Swedish].  See http://ammuppsala.se/utbildningar/medicinsk-geologi-ur-svenskt-perspektiv-fran-berg-till-vatten.

Spring 2016:  The University of Uppsala gave a course in Medical Geology worth 10 credits.  Several chapter members are lecturers and Ulf Lindh is course director.  See http://www.uu.se/en/admissions/master/selma/Kurser/?kKod=1BG426&typ=1.

March 2016

A seminar titled "Medical geology from a Swedish perspective - from mountains to water," by Anna Ladenberger, Geological Survey of Sweden, will be held at 13-14 hours on the 2nd of March at the Dept of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Uppsala.  Address: Ulleråkersvägen 40, Uppsala.  Free admission.  See map http://www.ammuppsala.se/hitta-till-oss.

December 2015

Local Chapter Report from Chapter Leader Robert Wålinder on December 1, 2015:

The Local Swedish Chapter of IMGA is organized as a network with Robert Wålinder as network administrator.  We are open for initiatives such as discussions, announcements of new books and articles, meetings or other professional exchange.  An offer from former Chapter Leader Olle Selinus is selling his book, "Medicinsk Geologi" from the publisher Studentlitteratur 2010.  From January you can buy this book from the booksite http://www.bokborsen.se.  The facile price is "up to 150 Skr."  If you are a teacher or arranging courses dealing with medical geology you might get samples free.  Contact Olle Selinus (olle.selinus@gmail.com) or Robert Wålinder (robert.walinder@medsci.uu.se).

October 2015

Local Chapter Report from Chapter Leader Prof Olle Selinus:

Prof Olle Selinus is stepping down as the Leader of the Swedish Chapter after many years of important work for IMGA.  Prof Selinus is thanked for his tremendous contribution to IMGA.  IMGA extends a very warm welcome to the new Chapter Leader Prof Robert Wålinder, Dept of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University Hospital, 751 85, Uppsala, Sweden E-mail: robert.walinder@medsci.uu.se and looks forward to working with him in the future.

June 2015

6-month report from Local Chapter Leader Prof Olle Selinus:

So far in 2015 there have been no meetings. Several papers are under work. The activities have mainly been exchange of information and networking.

2014

The chapter has these last months had no common activity. However a meeting with as many members as possible is planned in November in Uppsala. Certain members have been active in medical geology, having lectures and promoting the subject. Olle Selinus has been opponent at a PhD dissertation in Denmark in October on Iodine. The PhD was Denitza Vutchkova, a member of IMGA. Another dissertation on Fluorine will take place in Kalmar next spring.

Book published in 2014 with chapters on medical geology:

GEOGRAPHY AND HEALTH – A NORDIC OUTLOOK
Executive editors: Anders Schærström (co-ordinator), Stig H. Jørgensen, Thomas Kistemann, Åke Sivertun
Published 2014 by The Swedish National Defence College. Stockholm, Sweden
NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Trondheim, Norway
Universität Bonn, Institute for Hygiene and Public Health. Bonn, Germany

Book to be published soon, with chapters on medical geology:
Drinking water minerals and mineral balance –importance, health significance, safety precautions, Rosborg et al 2014, Springer Verlag.

Medical Geology Course

There are plans for having a one week course on drinking water and health in Stockholm, at the Royal Technical University, perhaps at the end of this year. The Chapter is not organising this course but is linked to it. See the Members’ Section of the website for more detail.

2012

The chapter is new and started at the beginning of 2012. One activity is participation in “Geoarena”, in October, organized by the Geological Survey of Sweden, which may gather about 1500 people, and bring together government authorities, decision makers, politicians, environmental people, etc. During 2 days there will be exhibitions, discussions and presentations on all aspects of geology. One of the themes will be medical geology with invited medical scientists, geoscientists and officials from agencies. The presentations will cover different aspects of medical geology, education in medical geology etc and will end with a panel discussion.

On 16-17 October 2012 the Geological Survey of Sweden arranged a new conference called Geoarena, in Uppsala with several hundred participants from the mining industry, agencies, government, companies, envi-ronmental people etc. This conference will be held every two years in future, at the big conference building in Uppsala and the aim is to inform all on the diversity of geoscience. It was opened by the minister of industry. Several different sessions with lectures, discussions etc were held. One popular session was medical geology which was allocated much time. The lectures were held by members of IMGA, IMGA was presented and promotional material was distributed. The lecturers were a mixture of medical scientists and geoscientists. The session was chaired by a well known journalist from the Swedish television and was ended with a panel discussion on the future of medical geology and medical geology education at universities. The following lectures were held: