Activities for Mineralogy 2022, which will begin mid-2022 and extend until mid-2023, have been unveiled by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA).
The International Mineralogical Association will celebrate mineralogy throughout the world in 2022. These celebrations will be within the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.
2022 will be the bicentennial of the death of René Just Haüy (born 1743) who is a father of modern mineralogy and crystallography. 1822 is also when Haüy’s Traité de minéralogie and Traité de cristallographie were published.
Overviews and significance
Min2022 is intended to be a worldwide celebration of this discipline to highlight its importance in our everyday lives. Mineralogy is one of the oldest branches of science, it has played a key role in the deciphering of the structure of matter and in the development of science and technology.
The major objectives of Mineralogy 2022 are:
- to generate public interest for the science of matter and how it underpins most innovations and developments in our modern society;
- through the fascination of natural crystals to attract young people to science;
- to illustrate the universality of science;
- to intensify the emergence of mineralogical societies in developing countries where resources are exploited;
- to foster international collaboration between scientists worldwide, especially by building North–South networks and South-South collaborations;
- to promote education and research in mineralogy, crystallography and their links to other sciences;
- to increase public awareness of the importance of natural resources.
- The idea of a year of Mineralogy emerged at the 22nd International Mineralogical Association General Meeting in Melbourne
- The support was granted by UNESCO during the 12th meeting of International Basic Sciences Programme + Experts Forum held in Paris in November 2019
- At this meeting it was decided that the celebrations of Mineralogy 2022 will be within the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD 2022) which was approved by the resolution 40 C/76
- The International Mineralogical Association, represented by Patrick Cordier, is a member of the Steering Committee of IYBSS 2022
- Mineralogy 2022 will be officially launched during the 23rd International Mineralogical Association General Meeting which will be held in Lyon, France
- As IYBSSD, Mineralogy 2022 will begin mid-2022 and extend until mid-2023
This notice was first published by Université de Lille.