Call for Papers

      In conjunction with the Mineralogical Society of America and the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society, Friends of Mineralogy is pleased to announce the annual Tucson Mineral Symposium for its 41st year.

Silica Minerals – quartz, agate, opal, tridymite, and cristobalite
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ

Call for Papers

       The forty-first Tucson Mineral Symposium, held in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023. This symposium is co-sponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the Friends of Mineralogy, and the Mineralogical Society of America. As a tie in with the show, the symposium theme is almost the same as the show theme: “Silica minerals – quartz, agate, opal, tridymite, and cristobalite.”

       Presentations on silica minerals that include their descriptive mineralogy, mineralogical structure, paragenesis, classic and new localities, and related subjects are welcome. Although the emphasis is on silica minerals, presentations on other silica-bearing minerals such as feldspars, zeolites, micas, amphiboles and pyroxenes will be considered.

        An audience of amateur and professional mineralogists and geologists is expected.

        Interested speakers should first submit their desired talk title for a presentation length of 25 minutes (or 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions). There will be 10 minutes between talks to handle introductions, and computer and sound. There will only be lapel microphones, so speakers are not restricted to being behind the podium.

        We will acknowledge all submitted presentations. Accepted presentations will need to be followed up with a 200-500 word abstract (single spaced in 12 point font, Word or equivalent format) with one graphic or photograph associated with the abstract desired by the author, a 5 sentence speaker biography and a photographic headshot of the speaker. All abstracts and biographies will be combined for creation into an abstract-program booklet. The speaker will also provide their preferred email address and contact phone number.

        Presentation titles must be submitted prior to July 31, 2022. Abstracts, presentation images, speaker biographies, and photographic headshots must be submitted prior to September 1, 2022.

        Please send submitted titles (and later abstracts and speaker biographies) by one of the provided three methods:

By mail: Mark Ivan Jacobson 1714 S. Clarkson St., Denver, CO 80210
By email:
By submitting the form below: