International Mineralogical Association

International Mineralogical Association
Abbreviation IMA
Formation 1958
Region served
Official language
Walter V. Maresch
Parent organization
International Council for Science (ICSU)
Website IMA Official website

The International Mineralogical Association (IMA) is an international group of 38 national societies. The goal is to promote the science of mineralogy and to standardize the nomenclature of the 4000 plus known mineral species. The IMA is affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).

Presidents (IMA)[1]

Working Groups and Commissions

The most active IMA commission is the Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names (CNMMN). It was founded in 1959 to coordinate the assigning of new mineral names, revision of existing names and discreditation of invalid species. Traditionally, the validation procedure of new minerals is one of the chairman's tasks and the discreditation or revalidation procedure of invalid species are two of the vice-chairman's tasks. In July 2006 a merger between the CNMMN and the Commission on Classification of Minerals (CCM), initiated at the request of both commissions, resulted in the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC).[2]

Chairmen (CNMNC)

Members of the IMA

Among the societies represented at the IMA are:

See also


  1. Past IMA Councils
  2. CNMNC - Commission members
  3. de Fourestier, Jeffrey (2002). "The Naming of Mineral Species Approved by the Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names of the International Mineralogical Association: A Brief History". The Canadian Mineralogist. 40: 1721–1735. doi:10.2113/gscanmin.40.6.1721.
  4. Sociedad Española de Mineralogía: History Retrieved 2011-05-31

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