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Preparation Meeting of SMMP Asia (the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals) was Held in Changsha on May 29, 2015
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  The preparation meeting of setting up SMMP Asia was held on May 29th, 2015 in Changsha, China. SMMP is short for the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals. Over 20 mineral museum curators and professionals from including Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Geosciences Institute of Central South University, China University of Geosciences, Guilin University of Geosciences, the Geological Museum of China, the Geological Museum of Hong Kong University, mindat.org., the Geological Museum of Shanxi Province and the Geological Museum of Hunan Province attended the meeting.



  SMMP was established in 1989. Currently it is the world’s biggest and most influential professional organization in the field. Its mission is to foster recognition of mineral science collections as essential scientific, educational and cultural resources; to promote support for growth, maintenance and use of collections and exhibits; and to advance museum practice through cooperation in the development, review and dissemination of information. SMMP Europe and SMMP America has been already established, and are important supportive backup to the Munich mineral and gem show and the Tucson gem & mineral show. SMMP Europe has its annual conference during the Munich show, and SMMP America does the same during the Tucson show.



  On the SMMP annual conference held during 2015 Tucson show, the SMMP chairman Penny Williamson pointed out that, despite the fact that in China there are more than 350 mineral museums, there was no Asian branch of SMMP, and only less than 10 members of SMMP were from Asia. This is a big difference comparing to Europe and America. It is hoped that with the platform of CMGS show which gathers most of Asian professional resources, Asian minerals and mineral museums can be more connected with the international field. Also, the set-up of SMMP Asia will be a supportive factor for hosting the 8th International Conference on Mineralogy and Museums (M&M8) in 2016 in Changsha, China.



  Delegates on this SMMP Asia Preparatory Meeting all agreed and were very supportive to this establishment. Also they had nominated founding members of SMMP Asia, including professionals from China, Myanmar, India, Russia, South Korea, Japan and other mid-western Asian countries. It is hoped that the establishment of SMMP Asia will further foster communication and cooperation within international mineral and museum field. And SMMP Asia will work dynamically with the CMGS show, as one of the three most influential mineral shows in the world, to share field resources and realize more mutual development.




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