Organized for its fifth edition this year in cooperation with Clay Science Society and Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects – Board of Geological Engineers, “5th Mediterranean Clay Meeting (MCM2016)” is held at Çeşme Ilıca Hotel between September 25 – 29. Currently realized by the clay societies of Mediterranean countries, the conference was organized for the first time in Lipari (Italy) in 1992 and later in Aveiro (Portugal) in 1998, Jerusalem (Israel) in 2002 and finally in Ankara in 2006. Our Clay Science Society has rendered the decision to provide continuance for these significant conventions, settled with UCTEA to organize the event on 2016 and the organization was ensured to be realized with programs including both scientific and social activities. Attracted Turkish and foreign participants from universities, public enterprises and public sector establishments, the conference hosted approximately hundred people.
A workshop under the theme “Hydrothermal Systems: Clay Genesis and Ore Mineralization” was carried out
on September 25, 2016 with a 20-people turnout. Prof. Selahattin Kadir (Eskişehir Osmangazi University), Prof. Hüseyin Yalçın (Cumhuriyet University) and Prof. Cahit Helvacı (Dokuz Eylül University) have conducted seminars about the main theme during the event. Issues related to the workshop theme were meticulously examined along with questions and insights of the participants and the seminars have completed successfully. Throughout the three-day conference, oral and poster presentations are included in the scientific program with two parallel sessions. Significance of clays and clay minerals in scientific and practical fields is well understood by the participants along with the presentations of current research results conducted under various themes. 54 oral and 31 poster presentations are included in the conference through the themes entitled “Geology and Geochemistry of Clays, Applications in Geosciences; Clays of the Mediterranean Basin: Origin, Resources and Industrial Applications; Mineralogy and Petrography of Clays and Clay Minerals; Physicochemical Properties of Clays; Industrial and Engineering Applications of Clays; Clays in Modern and Ancient Ceramics; Clays and Health; Nanoclays and Nanocomposites: Synthesis and Applications”.
Additionally, four leading experts have conducted crowd-pulling conferences during the convention. As part of the conference, Prof. Hendrik Heinz (University of Colorado- Boulder, USA) has presented his research entitled “Clay/ Water Interfacial Models (Kaolinite, Micas, Montmorillonite) to Reproduce Contact Angles and Organic Adsorption”; Prof. Mustafa Ergin (Ankara University, Turkey) has presented “Holocene Clay Sedimentation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea”; Prof. Shlomo Nir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) has presented Purification of Greywater by a Moving Bed Reactor Followed by a Filter Including a Granulated Micelle- Clay Composite” and Prof. Antoine Thill has presented “Imogolite and Imogolite-Like Tubular Nanocrystals. Formation Mechanism, Properties and Applications”. An excursion was organized to the Çeşme Castle and Alaçatı on September 27, 2016 between 16.00 – 21.00 and paved the way for introducing the history and natural beauties of our country to the participants.
On September 28, 2016, the last day of the conference, it was decided in the council meeting which hosted the presidents and representatives of Mediterranean clay groups that the next conference will be held in Paris in 2019. After the closing ceremony held within the same day, MCM2016 came to a conclusion following the gala dinner. Studies are started regarding the publication of manifestos presented throughout the 5th Mediterranean Clay Meeting to take part in the “Applied Clay Science” and “Clay Minerals” magazines and they will ensure these presentations to be brought to the attention of scientists and industrial implementation researchers all over the world.