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Symposium Agenda

2:15 Welcome
2:30 Dr. Inna Lykova Tolbachik, Kamchatka: A Micromounters Paradise
3:30 CMMA Business Meeting
3:45 Roy Starkey Minerals Of The English Midlands
4:45 Dr. Anthony Kampf The Journey From An Unknown To A New Mineral
5:45 Virtual Wine & Cheese Reception
Agenda Subject To Change. All Times EDT. Further Details Of Agenda Below



2021 Online Symposium Details

Featured Presentations

Dr. Inna Lykova Tolbachik, Kamchatka: A Micromounters Paradise

Tolbachik is a volcanic complex in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.  The area has seen volcanic activity going back thousands of years.  More recently, major eruptions occurred in 1975 and 2012.  The fumarole deposits of Tolbachik provide an unusual and rich mineral environment with some 280 different mineral species.  It is the type locality for 130 species.

Dr. Lykova is a research scientist and an acting curator with the Canadian Museum of Nature.  Prior to joining the museum in 2019, Dr. Lykova was a Senior Research Fellow at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow for over six years. Back To Top


Roy Starkey Minerals Of The English Midlands

The English Midlands is an area of diverse geology, varied landscape and steeped in industrial history. Criss-crossed by some of the country’s busiest motorways, and at the geographical centre of the nation, it also boasts the Peak District National Park, the Shropshire Hills, an extensive and well-maintained canal network and a plethora of cultural attractions.

Mining and quarrying have been of pivotal importance to the economy of the English Midlands and as a consequence of this, the area has produced a wide range of interesting mineral specimens. Examples of these are to be found in local and regional museum collections, and especially at the Natural History Museum in London. However, such was the importance of Britain in the development of mineralogy as a science that specimens from the English Midlands are to be seen in collections all over the world.

 Thanks to the efforts of miners, mineral dealers and collectors over the past few hundred years, interesting and beautiful specimens have been preserved for us to enjoy today. Drawing on research undertaken for a recently published book, the talk will explore the places, people and stories associated with the specimens.

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Dr. Tony Kampf The Journey From An Unknown To A New Mineral

There are now about 5700 known mineral species and that number is growing by more than 100 each year. The long-held notion that there is a limit to the number of mineral species does not account for the existence of exotic geologic and geochemical environments (some extraterrestrial), which continue to come to light and others that have only recently been explored. Mineralogy books tell us about some of the basic tests (streak, hardness, cleavage, density, etc.) that can be used to identify a mineral; while such properties are important in characterizing minerals, they have limited usefulness when it comes to unambiguously identifying an exotic phase, or determining that it is a new mineral. Tony Kampf will lead us on the journey from the finding of an unknown  mineral through its description as something new to Science – a journey that he has now  taken more times than anyone else in the world.

Dr. Anthony (Tony) R. Kampf discovered mineralogy and crystallography as an undergraduate chemistry major at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He received his B.S. in chemistry (1970) and his M.S. in mineralogy and crystallography (1972) from that institution. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago under the mentorship of the inimitable Prof. Paul Brian Moore who introduced Tony to the thrill of discovering and characterizing new minerals, using both classical and modern techniques. After receiving his Ph.D. in mineralogy and crystallography in 1976, Tony joined the staff of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County at the beginning of 1977. He has spent his entire 44-year professional career at the museum, serving more than 34 years as Curator (including 31 as head of the Mineral Sciences Department) and the past 10 years as Curator Emeritus. Tony has more than 450 publications and has authored the descriptions of 290 minerals (more than anyone else). Since 2008, he has served as the U.S. delegate to the International Mineralogical Association’s Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classifications. Back To Top


Virtual Wine & Cheese Reception

A tradition of our in-person Symposium is our opening night Wine & Cheese Reception. It is an informal way to meet everyone, enjoy a beverage and a snack and share news and a few members often have news, announcements or some slides to share. We hope to continue this tradition in spirit in our online Symposium. So have a drink and a snack handy and a story or photo(s) to share! And bid in our online auction before it ends! Back To Top


In Prior Years

Our marquee event is our annual 3 day Spring Symposium held on the 1st weekend of May. The traditional home for our Symposium has been Brock University in St. Catharines in Ontario’s Niagara Region. This location has proven to be convenient for our many members located in the GTA. southern Ontario, and the border states.

The Symposium typically runs from Friday noon until Sunday mid-afternoon and features presentations by knowledgeable experts, sales, giveaways, silent and live auctions, Friday evening wine & cheese reception, Saturday evening banquet as well as our annual general meeting. There’s also lots of times to work on your micro minerals, swap specimens, seek help from experts, renew friendships and socialize.

See the Symposium Flyer below for more information on what a recent Symposium entailed:

Click here to see photos from our 2019 Symposium