M.P. Semenenko Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Ore Formation of NAS of Ukraine


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Ukrainian Mineralogical Society (UMS) was founded in 1970 on the basis of the Ukrainian Branch of the All-Union Mineralogical Society by the initiative of Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences Ye.K. Lazarenko (1912–1979).

According to the first Statute, approved by the Bureau of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences on February 6, 1973 (Resolution No. 49-b), UMS operated under the Department of Earth Sciences of the USSR Academy of Sciences, remaining a part of the All-Union Mineralogical Society. UMSkept this status until September 1991.

At the fifth UMSCongress (September 10–12, 1991), a Statute was adopted, according to which Ukrainian Mineralogical Society is an independent public organization — a voluntary association of citizens of Ukraine who conduct theoretical or practical work in the field of mineralogy.

The Ukrainian Branch of the All-Union Mineralogical Society, which existed since 1954, as of year 1970 had several units and about 50 individual members. After UMS foundation,18 branches were established in scientific and mining centers of Ukraine: Alchevsk, Artemivsk, Bilozerka, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk,Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih, Crimea, Lviv, Luhansk, Lutsk, Novomoskovsk, Odesa, Priazovsk, Kharkiv. Accordingly, the number of individual members increased and reached 550 in 1985. More than three dozens of scientific institutions, educational institutions and geological organizations became collective members of UMS.

In the 1990s, the numberof the UMS members reduced significantly - to 200 individual and 4 collective members and ten branches, among which the most numerous and active were in Kyiv, Lviv, Donetsk, Kryvyi Rih, Crimea, Odesa and Kharkiv. Since 2014, the Donetsk and Crimean branches temporarily stopped their work.

Currently, UMS has seven branches: Volyn, Dnipro, Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv. The number of individual members varies between 200 - 240 people. There are no collective members. Famous mineralogists from Russia, Bulgaria, Germany and Romania are honorary foreign members of UMS.

The largest branches are in Kyiv and Lviv, with six and two units accordingly. In the city of Kyiv, there are units at the M.P. Semenenko Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Ore Formation ofthe NAS of Ukraine(the largest), the Institute of Geological Sciences of the NAS of Ukraine, the College of Geological Survey Technologies, the Institute of Geology of the Kyiv National University, the State Gemological Center of Ukraine and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. In the city of Lviv, there are units at the Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Combustible Minerals of the NAS of Ukraine and the Geological Faculty of Lviv National University.

The UMS highest governing body is the Congress. Delegates of the Congress elect the President, the Presidium and the Council of UMS, who manage UMS between congresses, as well as the Audit Commission. In total ninecongresses were held: the 1st – in 1970, the 2nd – in 1975, the 3rd – in 1980 (all in Kyiv), the 4th – in 1985 (Kryvyi Rih ), the 5th - in 1991, the 6th - in 2001, the 7th - in 2006, the 8th - in 2011 and the 9th - in 2017 (all in Kyiv). Presidents of UMS: Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR Ye.K. Lazarenko (1970-1979), Doctor of Sciences (Geology and Mineralogy) O.L. Lytvyn (1979), Corresponding Member of the NAS of Ukraine Yu.P. Melnyk (1980-1991), Doctor of Sciences (Geology and Mineralogy) V.I. Pavlyshyn (1991-2001), Doctor of Sciences (Geology and Mineralogy) V.M. Kvasnytsia (2001-2017), Doctor of Sciences (Geology) H.O. Kulchytska (since September 2017). At the last UMS Congress the Terminology Commission was founded. The Commissionhad a task to put in orderthe nomenclature of minerals in Ukrainian.

UMS organizes various forms of activity — itassemblesscientific sessions on topical problems of general and regional mineralogy, organizes scientific conferences, in particular, periodic "Lazarenko readings", commemorative academies, lecture series, publishes scientific papers on regional and theoretical mineralogy, mineralogical calendars and stamps with minerals, popularizes mineralogical knowledge among schoolchildren. UMS is involved in organizing international, national or thematic conferences and seminars.

Since 1993, UMSis the member of the European Mineralogical Union (EMU), and since 1994- of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA).

In 2002, UMS founded the Award named after Academician Ye.K. Lazarenko for young scientists and students. Since 2004, UMS annually publishes the scientific journal «Proceeding of the Ukrainian Mineralogical Society».

Currently, UMS is actively involved in the creation of the "Mineralogical Encyclopedia of Ukraine", it continues its work on organizing mineralogical reservations of Ukraine, promotes effective education reform in Ukraine, bringing it closer to European standards, initiates programs and publications aimed at creating scientific foundations for the development of the mineral resource base of Ukraine and elimination of environmental contamination.

In accordance with the recommendations of the IMA Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification and the Resolution of the UMS Terminology Commissionon the method of formation of Ukrainian synonyms of Latin alphabetic names of minerals, the researchers of the IGMR of the NAS of Ukraine — the UMS members — prepared the «Dictionary of Ukrainian names of mineral species» (Proceeding of the UMS, 2020, Vol. 16) and its corrected version in the form of a reference publication «Ukrainian Nomenclature of Minerals» (Kyiv: Akademperiodika, 2022). The publication contains information about 7,000 000 minerals, including 5,780 000 approved as of 2021: thenames of the mineral in three languages, the most important data on the chemical composition and structure, the status of the mineral or its name, the year of approval, the origin of the name. The publication is recommended for publishing by the IGMR Scientific Council of the IGMR of the NAS of Ukraine.

In 2022, UMS delegated its representatives to the IMA Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification and the Commission on Museums. Cooperation within EMU and IMA helps the UMS members to maintain close contacts with mineralogists in many countries (Germany, Tajikistan, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, China, Australia, Algeria, etc.). International cooperation gives Ukrainian mineralogists access to modern analytical instruments that are not yet available in Ukraine, ensuring the proper level of mineralogical research.

As part of the popularization of mineralogical knowledge among schoolchildren, active workwas launched in the UMS branches in Dnipro and Kyiv (in the College of Geological Survey Technologies). Despite the difficult times for travel, the UMS members managed to organize almost annual training and educational expeditions for schoolchildren to basalt quarries of the Rivne region, crushed stone quarries of the Zhytomyr region and granite quarries of the Dnipropetrovsk region.

UMS is not engaged in any entrepreneurial activity.Its management is carried out on a voluntary basis, publishing activities - at the expense of membership fees and sponsorship.

The UMT office is located on the premises of the M.P. Semenenko Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Ore Formation of the NAS of Ukraine (Kyiv).

Photo. Students of the College of Geological Survey Technologies saw for the first time an ilmenitecrystal in gabbro-anorthosite "in situ".