On November 2–3, 2000 Accademia dei Lincei, the Italian National Academy, convened an international meeting in Rome with the title “Advances on Micas (Problems, methods, applications in Geodynamics)”. The topics of this meeting were the mica minerals in their crystal-chemical, petrological, and historical aspects. The organisers were Academy members C. Cipriani, A. Mottana (co-chairman), F.P. Sassi (co-chairman), W. Schreyer, J.B. Thompson Jr., and B. Zanettin, with the co-operation of two Italian scientists well-known for their studies on layer silicates: Professors M.F. Brigatti and G. Ferraris. Financial support additional to that by the Academy was provided by C.N.R. (the Italian National...

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