Welcome Address

More than two decades ago, the Austrian Mineralogical Society organized, together with the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG) and the Magyarhoni Földtani Társulat (MFT), the joint meeting 'MinWien1999'. We were pleased to welcome scientists, colleagues, and friends to this conference in Vienna. The participants found MinWien1999 both rewarding and enjoyable and it has remained as a fond memory for many of us.
Following in this spirit, there were plans for organizing a joint meeting in Vienna together with the DMG and the Slovenská Mineralogická Spoločnos (SMS) in 2021. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference had to be cancelled. We, the members of the Institut für Mineralogie und Kristallographie der Universität Wien, felt that an on-line conference would generate little interest. Therefore, we decided to wait until an in-person meeting would be possible. The time has now arrived. Therefore, we would like to invite all colleagues and friends to 'MinWien2023'.

The dates are from Sunday, 17 September to Thursday, 21 September 2023.*

The conference will emphasize new scientific findings and developments in the fields of the Mineralogical, Petrological, and Geochemical Sciences, and related disciplines. Alongside more traditional topics, we aspire to push the frontiers of research in these fields. New technological developments permit new opportunities and developments. Fundamental and applied scientific results that are important in everyday life will be presented and discussed. All this will ensure a stimulating conference program.

A pre-conference field trip to the Male Karpaty Mountains located in the Slovak Republic will be held. Sightseeing tours in Vienna during the conference are now in preparation. Special efforts will be made to allow students and young researchers to attend the meeting.

Vienna offers an ideal location for an international scientific conference. It is centrally located in Europe and it can be easily reached from all directions. The city has excellent infrastructure and is tourist friendly. Vienna is well known for its historical, social and cultural landmarks, not-to-speak of its cuisine and famous cafes. There will be opportunities to relax and enjoy the evenings after a day full of science.

We, the organizers of MinWien2023, look forward to welcoming you to Vienna!

*We note that our plans are contingent upon any unforeseen future developments regarding the pandemic situation and any regulations of government and university officials that could be issued. The conference and related events might have to be restricted or cancelled due to unexpected new developments

Joint meetings of German and Austrian Mineralogists have a long tradition

MinWien2023 represents the 110th anniversary of the first joint meeting of German and Austrian mineralogists in Vienna. However, the first joint meeting in Austria took place in Salzburg already in 1909.
The Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft (ÖMG) did not exist at that time. From 1901 to 1947 the Wiener Mineralogische Gesellschaft was the representative scientific body for Mineralogy in Austria. In 1947, the Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft was founded as the new society.
The Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG) has its early origins in the Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte.

There have been a number of joint meetings between German and Austrian mineralogists that were organized in Austria:
  • Salzburg 1909
  • Vienna 1913
  • Graz 1938
  • Leoben and Pörtschach 1953
  • Vienna 1963
  • Vienna 1981
  • Vienna 1999
The last joint meeting was 'MinWien1999' that took place 28 August to 1 September 1999. The Magyarhoni Földtani Társulat (MFT, Hungarian Mineralogical Society) also participated in this conference.

We are very pleased to invite mineralogists from Central Europe to Vienna again after a long break.