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Dear Colleagues

It is with the deepest regret that the International Mineralogical Association Commission on Museums (IMA-CM) has been forced to announce that the “Mineralogy and Museums Conference” (M&M8) scheduled for Changsha, China in May 2016 has been cancelled. It is a decision that we did not want to make, but circumstances (especially after the joint SMMP/IMA-CM meeting in Munich) within China left us with absolutely no choice. A fuller announcement, and a report on the circumstances surrounding this decision complete with recommendations for future Mineralogy and Museum selection processes, will be published as soon as possible. The IMA-CM are currently in negotiation with a potential replacement host with a view to holding it in late summer 2016, or if that is not possible 2017 but these discussions are at a very early stage. Further details and information will be published on the SMMP and IMA-CM websites as well as the SMMP Facebook page in due course.

We, on the IMA-CM, would like to voice our appreciation for the patience and forbearance of all our colleagues in the world-wide museums and mineralogical communities.

Peter Davidson
Secretary of the International Mineralogical Association Commission on Museums