UBD’s contribution to the “alphabet and words of planet Earth”




The 2nd European Mineralogical Conference titled: emc2016 “Minerals, fluids and rocks: alphabet and words of planet Earth”, was held between the 11th and 15th of September 2016 at the Palacongressi of Rimini, Italy. The aim of the conference was to foster exchange of new research results between the European and other countries. The conference was organised by 11 European Scientific Societies (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Mineralogical Society of Finland, Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft, Mineralogical Society of Poland, Russian Mineralogical Society, Sociedad Española de Mineralogía, Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie, Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia, Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology and the European Mineralogical Union) with 16 themes and 28 scientific sessions.

More than 700 scientists from 50 countries attended the conference with oral and poster presentations. Universiti Brunei Darussalam was represented by the Head of Physical and Geological Sciences of FOS, Dr Basilios Tsikouras. Dr Basilios presented a paper with Aishah Helena Sharif, Haqqim Hamdan, Rahmat Tarif, Hanif Sulaiman and Chee Hui Teo as co-authors, all graduate and undergraduate students of Geology at UBD. The talk was presented under the session “Platinum group minerals and accessory minerals: development in their characterization”. Following a short introduction on UBD and the Faculty of Science, Dr Basilios delivered a talk titled: “Spinel chemistry for the characterisation of peridotites from Sabah (Borneo Island, Malaysia)”, which was prepared based on the recent findings of the research of his team.

This paper is an outcome of a URC Research Project funded by UBD and the trip was sponsored by funds of the same Project. The participants at the conference expressed interest in the ongoing research done by the Faculty of Science at UBD. The conference also opened new avenues for international collaboration with UBD.


The Palacongressi of Rimini, venue of the EMC 2016 Conference in Italy.


Presentation of UBD by Dr Basilios Tsikouras during the EMC 2016 Conference.


Dr Basilios Tsikouras presenting the research of his team during the EMC 2016 Conference.