you have heard and perhaps read on the
June issue of Elements that the Mineralogical Society of
Great Britain and Ireland
launched a survey to identify the key research challenges in mineral sciences.
All mineralogists (in the broadest sense of the term) worldwide
have been asked to contribute, and the exercise is aimed to eventually provide a
list of the 100 mineralogical questions that, if answered, would have the
greatest impact on resolving current and future challenges in the Earth,
planetary, environmental and applied sciences.
The European Mineralogical
Union has decided to support this
important initiative. On the one hand, we think that the exercise will greatly
contribute to make all of us more aware of the most important problems to be
addressed in our research, and hopefully help to create new and more
interdisciplinary teams of researchers. On the other hand, we think that the
final list of questions will be very useful to all of us to awake funding bodies
and scientific policy makers, an issue which is particular crucial in the
present scarcity of funding.
Hence, I am asking you to further promote this initiative among
the members of your national Societies, and also to find ways (perhaps by
encharging a person or a committees or organising a debate) to solicit
discussion on this topic.
More details on the procedures to be followed to contribute
can be found at http://www.100-questions.org, where
questions can be posted at least until November 2011. A poster to be distributed
With my best regards