Fourth Keele Meeting on Aluminium, 2001

The Biological Availability of Aluminium: Sources, Sinks and Symptoms.

24th-27th February 2001

Stakis Hotel (The Hilton)

- First and Only Call for Papers, Posters and Expressions of Interest. -

Aims of the meeting:

Aluminium is omnipresent in our environment. Its bulk is contained within the myriad of aluminous minerals that together constitute the earth's crust. A small fraction of the earth's aluminium will enter biotic cycles before its return to its mineral origins. The actions of Man, for example, in acidifying the earth's soils (acid rain/intensive farming) or the mining of aluminium oxides (bauxite), have increased the biotic aluminium burden. Some of the consequences of this increase have been well documented, for example the loss of indigenous populations of fish due to acid rain, whilst others may have remained hidden. Only through a thorough understanding of the biological availability of aluminium will we be able to determine the biotic response to living in the presence of a burgeoning aluminium burden.

The Keele Meetings promote a multidisciplinary approach to the interdisciplinary challenge of understanding the biological availability of aluminium. Contributions are sought from all fields of research into aluminium, for example, geochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, physiology. Research could involve in vitro studies, studies on micro-organisms, plants, animals and Man. It is the experience of the Keele Meetings that each of us has something new to learn from the presentation of fresh perspectives on the chemistry and biology of aluminium. I hope very much that you will be able to join us in unravelling further the many mysteries surrounding aluminium in our environment.

Christopher Exley
Meeting Organiser

Call for Papers:

The Keele Meetings provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new, previously unpublished research. Papers are invited on all aspects of aluminium chemistry and biology including those pertaining to human health. There are no invited lectures. The composition of the Meeting will depend entirely upon the nature of the contributed papers. Platform presentations are allocated 30 minutes. Only 20 minutes should be used to present research. Each platform presentation will be followed by a 10 minute discussion period. This emphasis on discussion is a key part of Keele Meetings. Participants presenting Posters will be offered a 5 minute slot within a related Platform Session to "advertise" their Poster. There will be a prize for the best presentation, Platform or Poster, by a postgraduate student. All presentations, Platform and Poster, will be eligible for submission for publication in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. The Keele Issue of the journal will be a regular issue of the journal (see for example, JIB (1999) Volume 76, Number 2) and all submissions will be subject to peer review. If you are interested in presenting your research please send a 150 word abstract, indicating your preference, Platform or Poster, to :

Dr C Exley
Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science,
Department of Chemistry,
Keele University,
Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK.

Deadline for submission is 31st October 2000.

JD Birchall Memorial Lecture:

In 2001 the JD Birchall Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor John Savory of the University of Virginia, USA.

The Scientific Programme and  Abstracts are now available.


The Conference is run at cost. All participants will pay the Conference Fee of £300 (including the night of the 24th) or £250 (excluding this night) per person. Delegates wishing to share a twin or double room will be charged at £250 (including sharing on the night of the 24th) or £220 (excluding this night) per person.
The Conference Fee includes registration, accommodation, all meals (25th-27th), including the Conference Dinner and the use of all of the Hotel Facilities. Delegates not requiring accommodation will be charged £180. Delegates requiring accommodation in the Hotel before or after the meeting should contact Dr C Exley for further information.
A small number of postgraduate bursaries may be available for students making presentations at the Meeting (NOW AVAILABLE). Please contact Dr C Exley for more information.

To help maintain the preferred informal atmosphere of the Meeting the number of delegates will be strictly limited to 120. Please confirm your intention to attend the meeting as soon as possible.

Please ensure that the Conference Fee is paid by 31st December 2000.
Payment should be by cheque only, in pounds sterling, made payable to Keele University and sent to the address below.

Dr C Exley
Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science
Department of Chemistry
Keele University
Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK.

Enquiries to:

Dr Chris Exley
Tel: 01782 584080
Fax: 01782 715944


Following the acknowledged successes of the previous Keele Meetings we have decided to continue the tradition of holding the Meeting at The Stakis Hotel (The Hilton) in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
The Hotel is situated in the heart of the city of Stoke-on-Trent (the home of English china, for example, Wedgewood and Doulton) and is conveniently located for both rail and road travel. Car parking is available at the Hotel and delegates will have use of all of the Hotel facilities including the swimming pool.

The Stakis Hotel (The Hilton),
Trinity Street,
Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5NB.
Tel: 01782 202361