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What are the one hundred most important questions in mineralogy?

Dear colleagues,

you have heard and perhaps read on the June issue of Elements that the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland has recently 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 is attached.

With my best regards
Roberta Oberti
European Mineralogical Union

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