Sweden

Chapter Leader: Dr Olle Selinus; olle.selinus@gmail.com; Linnegatan 2, 39233 Kalmar, Sweden

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

Published 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 Octo-ber, 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 geol-ogy with invited medical scientists, geoscientists and officials from agencies. The presentations will cover dif-ferent 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 pro-motional 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 dis-cussion on the future of medical geology and medical geology education at universities.
The following lectures were held:
 Medical geology, our health and natural environment, Olle Selinus
 Metals in soils in the children’s environment, a study of the playgrounds in Uppsala, Karin Ljung Björklund
 Medical geology from the perspective of a medical scientist, Martin Fahlén
 The use of geological databases and registries of disease in studies of disease, Martin Tondel
 Medical Geology at Uppsala University, Ulf Lindh
 Medical geology at Lund University, Leif Johansson
The session was popular and it was decided that the next Geoarena 2014 would also include workshops in medical geology. There are also plans to make at least two television programs on medical geology for the general public.