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Recent updates

2010-08-23 IMA2010 Conference News
2010-08-18 Lunches on IMA2010
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2010-08-17 Presentation submission available
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2010-08-17 Please donate mineral, rock, and ore specimens to the Eötvös Museum of Natural History
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2010-08-17 Experience the quality of your samples with new course microscopes from Carl Zeiss
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2010-08-17 Detailed itinerary of field trips were posted
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2010-07-15 Optional Programmes information available on the website!
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IMA2010 will contain a strong clay science component. This component is sponsored by the MECC2010.

For IMA2010 participants all the clay sessions (MECC2010) - listed at the end of each Scientific Theme - are part of the regular programme.

If you are an IMA2010 participant, but want to register for the MECC2010 (clay-related, post-conference) field trip please send a message to Robert Hohol.

In a later stage of the conference preparation, all the IMA2010 registered participants will be contacted in order to define their preferences:

  • whether to be included also on the MECC2010 participants list (all IMA2010 participants)
  • whether they want to join the MECC2010 dinner (August 26, Thursday) instead of the IMA2010 dinner (August 25, Wednesday) ("full" IMA2010 participants only)

MECC2010 home page

Mid-European Clay Conference (MECC2010)

About MECC in general

The Mid-European Clay Conference (MECC) was originally the joint conference of the national clay groups of Poland, Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary. The plan of joint meetings of the Mid-European clay groups was decided during the EUROCLAY Meeting in Kraków, Poland in 1999, and was supported by the European Clay Groups Association (ECGA). The aim of these bi- or triannual meetings is to promote co-operation and exchange of ideas among specialists of neighbouring countries. Participants from other countries of Europe and from other continents are welcome.

The first conference, MECC'01, was organised by the Slovak Clay Group in 2001 in Stará Lesná, Slovakia. Since that time, MECC grew into a conference of international reputation. MECC'04 was held in Miskolc, Hungary (see MECC'04 report), MECC'06 took place in Opatija, Croatia (see also MECC'06 report), and MECC'08 in Zakopane, Poland (see also MECC'08 report). In 2006 the Czech, in 2008, the German-Austrian-Swiss Clay Group Association (DTTG) also joined the initiative. MECC2010, the fifth Mid-European Clay Conference will be organised in 2010 in Budapest, Hungary, adjoining to IMA2010, the 20th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association. The possibility of joint registration offers a unique opportunity to the participants of both conferences.

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MECC2010 Conference date, place and language

25-29 August, 2010

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

The language of the conference is English.


Participants are invited to submit contributions in the field of the scientific programme. The abstracts will be published in Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica, Abstract Series, Szeged. For details please refer to the MECC2010 home page.


There will be several grant options advertised on the MECC2010 home page.

Scientific programme

Contributions from all fields of clay research are welcome.

Key topics: Crystal chemistry and structure; Physical and chemical properties of clays; Colloidal properties and surface chemistry; Advanced instrumental techniques; Genesis and synthesis of clays; Geology of clays; Clays in soils and weathering; Environmental application of clays; Clays in industry.

Special attention will be paid to subjects connecting to the fields of mineral sciences, to attract scientists who are not familiar with the recent advances of clay science, but work in connecting fields, like environmental mineralogy, environmental geochemistry or properties and characterisation of nanomaterials.

General structure of the programme


August 22-27 (Sunday-Friday):

IMA2010 scientific sessions

August 24 (Tuesday):

Registration, Pre-conference workshop, One-day IMA2010 field trips (starting and ending in Budapest)

August 25 (Wednesday) morning / afternoon / evening:
MECC2010 registration / scientific sessions / welcome party

August 26 (Thursday):
MECC2010 scientific sessions / MECC2010 conference dinner

August 27 (Friday):
MECC2010 scientific sessions, closing / late afternoon: departure of MECC2010 Field Trip to Pécs

August 28-29 (Saturday-Sunday) Field trips & workshops:
Special MECC2010 field trip to Southern Transdanubia (starting and ending in Budapest);
Programme: radioactive waste repository, clays and historical red wine regions, paleo-environmental applications of clays; visit to Pécs, Cultural Capital of Europe 2010.

MECC2010 circular for 2009

MECC2010 home page