MSA Centennial Symposium

As MSA approaches its 100th birthday, we invite you attend the MSA Centennial Symposium in the beautifully restored Carnegie Institution Building in Washington, DC on June 20-21, 2019.  This Symposium will feature 44 speakers who will address topics ranging from minerals and sustainability to everything you wanted to know about diamonds to the evolution of Earth’s crust and mantle to mineral health hazards.  Over the two days of the celebration, 14 theme colloquia will each feature two 20-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes of moderated audience participation.  This once-in-a-century symposium is an opportunity for our community to celebrate MSA’s major contributions to the Earth sciences and to look ahead to the next hundred years.

The MSA Centennial web page is now live! You can find full program and registration details at:

The registration includes box lunches and refreshments for both days of the symposium and a private evening reception in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, & Minerals in the National Museum of Natural History with heavy hors d’oeuvres.  This reception is generously sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Seats are limited, so don’t delay in registering for this celebration at:

We thank our sponsors:

  • Diamond ($20,000+): Gemological Institute of America
  • Ruby ($12,000-$19,999): Deep Carbon Observatory
  • Emerald ($7,000-$11,999): C2/m Mineralogy and Rob Lavinsky of The Arkenstone
  • Platinum ($3,000-$6,999): COMPRES-An NSF-supported Consortium
    Gold ($1,000-$2,999): Geochemical Society
  • Silver and Gold ($1,500): University of Idaho
  • Silver ($500-$999): CrystalMaker

Additional sponsors are welcome (contact Peter Heaney at!

Come join us in toasting MSA!  See you all there!

Peter Heaney

Steve Shirey


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