Fifth Keele Meeting on Aluminium, 2003

Aluminium in Life: From Acid Rain to Alzheimer's Disease

23rd to 25th February 2003
Quality Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent

Aims of the meeting | Call for Papers | JD Birchall Memorial Lecture | Registration | Venue | Bursaries | Abstracts

Aims of the Meeting

It has been the experience of past Keele Meetings on Aluminium that we have all benefited from listening and talking to aluminium researchers from outside of our own particular field of interest. Aluminium impacts upon all aspects of life on earth, 'from Acid Rain to Alzheimer's Disease' !, and the Keele Meeting will endeavour to cover the full spectrum of interests. High quality research is fast becoming a team game and the Keele Meetings are excellent opportunities to recruit new team members and to find out what other researchers in the field are up to ! We are expecting presentations covering a wide breadth of aluminium research including:

  • Al and Si Geochemistry (Including Soil Chemistry)
  • Al Interactions with Microorganisms
  • Al Interactions with Algae and Plants
  • Al Interactions with Invertebrates and Vertebrates
  • Analytical Al Chemistry
  • Inorganic Al Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Al Chemistry
  • Clinical Al Chemistry
  • Al Biochemistry
  • Al in Health and Disease (Man and Laboratory Animals)
  • Si Deposition in Biota and Man

This list is by no means exhaustive and the final programme will be governed by the quality of the submissions. The Keele Meetings on Aluminium have gained a reputation for the dissemination and discussion of high quality research. They are also considered to be informal and friendly meetings at which old acquaintances are renewed and new friendships and collaborations are born. I do hope that you will join us at Keele in 2003 and share with us your latest research on our favourite metal, aluminium.

Christopher Exley
Meeting Organiser

Call for Papers

The Keele Meetings on Aluminium are organised to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new and previously unpublished research. Papers are invited in any area of aluminium research. There are no invited or plenary lectures. The content of the Scientific Programme will be organised according to the nature of the contributed papers. The agenda will be set by the most timely research in the field. Submissions are sought for both Platform and Poster presentations. Both of these involve some degree of oral presentation. Platform presentations are allocated 30 minutes. Only 20 minutes should be used to present research. Each Platform presentation will be followed by a 10 minutes discussion period. This emphasis on discussion is a key element of the Keele Meetings and Session Chairs will enforce these times with the utmost rigour ! Participants presenting Posters will be allocated a 5 minute oral slot within an appropriate Platform Session to 'advertise' their Poster.

Prizes are available for the 'Best Postgraduate Presentation' (Platform or Poster) and 'Best Poster'. All presentations, Platform and Poster, will be eligible for submission for publication in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. The Keele Meeting Issue of JIB will be a regular issue of the journal (see for example, JIB 87, Numbers 1-2) and all submissions will be subject to peer review.

If you are interested in presenting your research at the Fifth Keele Meeting on Aluminium please send a 150 word abstract of your presentation to Dr C Exley, Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science, School of Chemistry and Physics, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK. Abstract submission by email ( attachment using WORD is encouraged.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st October 2002. Please be prompt.




Sunday 23rd February 2003

10.00 Registration / poster Assembly
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Conference
18.00 End of First day
19.00 Dinner
20.30 Wine Reception/ Poster Viewing

Monday 24th February 2003

09.00 Conference
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Conference
18.00 End of Second Day
20.00 Conference Dinner

Tuesday 25th February 2003

09.00 Conference
12.35 Lunch
14.00 JD Birchall Memorial Lecture
15.00 General Discussion
15.30 Close of Conference



The Conference is run at cost. All participants will pay the Conference Fee of £330 (three hundred and thirty pounds sterling), per person, including the night of the 22nd, or £295 per person, excluding this night. Delegates wishing to share a twin or double room will be charged at £280 per person (including the night of the 22nd) or £255 per person excluding this night.

The Conference Fee includes: Registration; Accomodation; All meals (23rd-25th) including the Conference Dinner; And the use of all of the Hotel Facilities (swimming pool etc.).

Conference participants that do not require accommodation will be charged £180. This includes: Registration; Lunch (23rd-25th) and the Conference Dinner (24th).

Participants that require accommodation in the hotel either before or after the Conference should contact Dr C Exley for more information.

A small number of postgraduate bursaries may be available for students making presentations (Platform or Poster) at the Conference. These bursaries will cover the Conference Fee for shared room occupancy (£280). Please indicate that you would like to be considered for a bursary when you submit your abstract.

To help to maintain the preferred informal atmosphere of the Keele Meetings on Aluminium the number of participants will be strictly limited. Prospective participants are encouraged to confirm their intention to attend the Conference at the earliest possible date.

The Conference Fee must be paid by January 10th 2003. Payment should be by cheque only, in pounds sterling, and the cheque must be made payable to Keele University and sent to the address given below.

Dr C Exley
Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science
School of Chemistry and Physics
Keele University
Staffordshire ST5 5BG

All Enquiries to: Dr Chris Exley
Tel: 01782 584080
Fax: 01782 712378


The previous Keele Meetings (95, 97, 99, 01) were all held in the Quality Hotel (previously known as The Stakis Hotel and The Hilton) and I am pleased to say that this venue remains the most competitive venue for our meeting. Other possible, and as yet untried venues, would have necessitated a significant increase in the Conference Fee. The Quality Hotel has been an excellent host of the Keele Meetings and I am confident that this will also be the case in 2003.

The hotel is situated in the heart of the city of Stoke-on-Trent (area known as Hanley), a city that is famous worldwide as the home of English china (for example, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton) and the legendary footballer, Sir Stanley Matthews. The hotel is conveniently located for both rail (Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent stations) and road (junction 15 or 16 of the M6) travel and secure car parking is available for delegates at the hotel.
For information on travel to the hotel please contact Dr C Exley.

Quality Hotel Stoke-on-Trent
66 Trinity Street
Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5NB
Tel: 01782 202361
Fax: 01782 286464


A limited number of bursaries is available to attend the conference.
For more information and application, please contact Dr C Exley.