Members belong to the Friends of Mineralogy either through one of its several regional chapters or as a national member.  Most of the chapters hold or co-sponsor annual symposia.

Listed chronologically below are symposia that should be of interest to many FM members. Non-FM symposia in North America will be listed as time permits. This webpage was created in late September 2017. It will take some time to populate this page with all the meetings that have not yet happened.

The third Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium, October 19-20, 2018

At the Peabody Museum, David Friend Hall, featuring expert speakers from the fields of mineralogy and gemology.
Dr. Jack Ogden, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Science and Delusion – How minerals drifted into myth and back

Schedule of Events
Friday, October 19, 5:00-6:00pm, Lecture & Book Signing, Dr. Jack Ogden:The Early History of Diamonds
Friday, October 19, 6:00pm, Reception
Saturday, October 20, 8:15am-5:00pm, Symposium

For a combined program, presentation abstracts and speakers biographies, click here: 2018 Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium_program_abstracts_speaker_bios.


2018 Friends of Mineralogy, Pacific Northwest Chapter Symposium

44rd Annual Symposium, October 19-21, 2018
Minerals of California
Red Lion Inn, Kelso, WA  (north of Portland, OR)

There will be more information at

2018 Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Mining and Mineral Symposium
2nd Weekend on 10-13 October 2018 Butte, MT, Field Trips and lectures

For registration and information about the program click next: 2018_Mining_mineral-symp_Butte_Montana

For the speaker program click here.


2018 The Friends of Mineralogy, Pennsylvania Chapter Mineral Symposium

First weekend, on Saturday 3 November, 2018; Franklin and Marshall College. Lancaster, PA. Doors open 8:30 a.m.; Symposium 9:00 – 4:00, Sales by Select Dealers – Silent Auction – Give-away Table – Meet Fellow Collectors. field trip to follow on sunday.

For more information see: 2018_nov4_Penn_symposium

A more detailed flyer should be available here later:

2018 The New Mexico Mineral Symposium

39th Annual Symposium, Macey Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, 2nd weekend in November 2018. For more information contact: Dr. Virgil Lueth, There is more information at symposium

Registration form can be downloaded here:2018_NM_Mineral_symposium_registration_form

Speakers program can be downloaded hre: 2018_NM_Mineral_symposium_program

Past Symposia