Arrangements for the quadrennial International Mineralogical Association meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1–5 September 2014 are well on track, reports Dr Sabine Verryn, chair of the Organising Committee: “The scientific committee is thrilled at the response to calls for session topics and workshops, and is excited by the number of registrants at this early stage.” READ MORE

International Year of Crystallography

2014 marks the International Year of Crystallography, which commemorates the centennial of X-ray diffraction, as well as the 400th anniversary of Kepler's observation of symmetry. These observations have led to extensive study of symmetry in matter and use of X-ray diffraction in the study of crystalline materials. To mark the occasion, there will be a number of events and activities taking place throughout the world. At IMA2014, these will involve showcasing the application of crystallography in mineralogy, with a number of sessions devoted to this. For further information, visit




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IMA2014 touring China

During the first half of July 2013, the chairs of the organising and scientific committees had the privilege of visiting China, in advertising the IMA2014 conference. This came at the kind invitation of Peking University. Read more


Minister of Science & Technology to open IMA 2014

The organising Committee of IMA 2014 is delighted that Mr Derek Hanekom has agreed to deliver an address at the official opening of IMA 2014 at the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday, 31 August 2014. Mr Hanekom is the Minister of Science and Technology of the Government of the Republic of South Africa, a position he has held since October 2012. He has also served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress since 1994. His willingness to undertake the official ceremony underlines the importance of the IMA conference to the South African Government.



Representatives of the IMA2014 organising committee hosted an exhibition stand at the Geological Society of America's 125th conference in Denver, Colorado (27th-30th October 2013). The conference drew a crowd of over 8000 delegates to whom we promoted IMA2014 and highlighted the fantastic opportunities on offer from South Africa. Read more


Geoforum 2013

IMA 2014 proudly attended and exhibited at the GSSA Geoforum 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa (3-5 July 2013). The meeting was attended by approximately 200 delegates. The IMA exhibition stand drew many interested visitors and exciting new opportunities presented themselves. Overall, it was a successful meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone at the IMA meeting next year. Read more


Kimberley Diamonds FIRST Announcement

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IMA 2014 proudly attended and exhibited at the 24th meeting of the Colloquium of African Geology (CAG24) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8-14 January 2013). The colloquium is a biannual meeting organised under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) with CAG24 being attended by approximately 500 delegates from Africa and abroad representing 60 different countries from all continents.
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