GIA Names Research Keynote Speakers for Symposium 2011

The Gemological Institute of America announced Nov. 18 the
six speakers slated to deliver keynote presentations for the research track of Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science
and Business of Gems
.

The event takes place May 29–30, 2011.

The six keynote presentations support the four major
sessions for the research track:

“Diamond Identification”: Dr. Mark Newton of the
University of Warwick, U.K, will share his expertise on treated diamond
detection.

“Gem Localities and Formation”: Dr. Gaston Giuliani of the
French Center for Petrographic and Geochemical Research will examine the
geology of colored stone deposits. Dr. Thomas Stachel, of the University of Alberta, will discuss Canadian
diamond geology.

“Colored Stones and Pearl Identification”: Dr. Ahmadjan
Abduriyim of Tokyo’s Gemological Association of All Japan-Zenhokyo will
address geographic origin determination; Ken Scarratt, managing director of
GIA Southeast Asia and director of the GIA Laboratory in Bangkok, will discuss
pearl identification.

“New Technology and Instrumentation”: Dr. George Rossman of the California Institute of Technology will offer insight into advanced gem
characterization.

Additional research track speakers will be chosen from among
abstracts submitted to the conference organizers.
Abstracts may also be submitted for the poster session. The deadline to receive
abstracts for participation in Symposium 2011 is Jan. 10, 2011.

Capacity will be limited for Symposium 2011; early registration
is encouraged. For more information, visit symposium2011.gia.edu or
e-mail symposium2011@gia.edu.