HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

During the 18th International Geological Congress (IGC), that was held in London in 1948, clay scientists decided to cooperate on clay research and to form an international group, the Comité Internationale Pour l’Etude des Argiles (CIPEA). CIPEA, under the presidency of Sthephane Hénin (1948-1950), Jean Orcel (1950-1952) and Ralph Grim (President until 1960), actively participated in the International Geological Conferences (Algeria, 1952; Mexico, 1956; Copenhagen, 1960). During the Copenhagen conference, CIPEA proposed to organise its own meeting in Stockholm in 1963, and that meeting was to become the First International Clay Conference (ICC). At the same time, CIPEA became an international association affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), named the Association Internationale pour l’Etude des Argiles. A few years later, in 1966, under the presidency of I.T. Rosenqvist, the statutes and by-laws of the new Association Internationale pour l’Etude des Argiles were approved. AIPEA was born.

Since that time, AIPEA has promoted the International Clay Conferences, wich are held about every four years, in a different country from the preceding conference.

1950: CIPEA meeting – Amsterdam – Holland
1952: CIPEA/IGC meeting – Algiers – Algeria
1954: CIPEA meeting – Paris – France
1956: CIPEA/IGC meeting – Mexico City – Mexico 
1958: CIPEA meeting – Brussels – Belgium 
1960: CIPEA/IGC – Copenhagen -Denmark
1963: 1st ICC Stockholm – Sweden. Chair: I. Th. ROSENQVIST 
1966: 2ndICC Jerusalem – Israel Chair: I.K. BENTOR 
1969: 3rd ICC Tokyo – Japan. Chair: T. SUDO 
1972: 4th ICC Madrid – Spain. Chair: E. GUTTIEREZ-RIOS 
1975: 5th ICC Mexico City – Mexico. Chair: D. CORDOBA 
1978: 6th ICC Oxford – UK. Chair: D. MITCHELL 
1981: 7th ICC Bologna – Pavia – Italy. Chair: F. VENIALE 
1985: 8th ICC Denver – USA. Chair: J.B. HAYES 
1989: 9th ICC Strasbourg – France. Y. TARDY 
1993: 10th ICC Adelaide – Australia. Chair: R.A. EGGLETON & R. FITZPATRICK 
1997: 11th ICC Ottawa – Canada. Chair: H. KODAMA 
2001: 12th ICC Bahia Blanca – Argentina. Chair: E.A. DOMIGUEZ & F. CRAVERO
2005: 13th ICC Tokyo – Japan. Chair: A. INOUE 
2009: 14th ICC Castellaneta M. – Italy. Chair: S. FIORE
2013: 15th ICC Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. Chair: Sylvia M. COUTO ANJOS
2017: 16th ICC Granada – Spain. Chair: Alverto LOPEZ GALINDO

The next International Clay Conference

2021: 17th ICC Istanbul – Turkey

PAST PRESIDENTS OF CIPEA

1948 – 1950: Dr. S. Henin (France)
1950 – 1952: Dr. J. Orcel (France)
1952 – 1960: Prof. R. Grim (USA)

PAST PRESIDENTS OF AIPEA

1963 – 1966: Prof. I. Th. ROSENQVIST (Norway)
1966 – 1969: Dr. P. GRAFF-PETERSEN (Denmark)
1969 – 1972: Prof. F.V. CHUKHROV (SSSR)
1972 – 1973: Prof. W.F. BRADLEY (USA)
1973 – 1975: Prof. J.J. FRIPIAT (France)
1975 – 1978: Prof. S. W. BAILEY (USA)
1978 – 1981: Dr. R.C. MACKENZIE (UK)
1981 – 1985: Prof. L. HELLER-KALLAI (Israel)
1985 – 1989: Prof. J. KONTA (Czechoslovakia)
1989 – 1993: Prof. J. M. SERRATOSA (Spain)
1993 – 1997: Prof. H.H. MURRAY (USA)
1997 – 2001: Prof. E. ROALDSET (Norway)
2001 – 2005: Prof. R. SCHOONHEYDT (Belgium)
2005 – 2009: Prof. D.L. BISH (USA)
2009 – 2013: Prof. C. BREEN (Great Britain)
2013 – 2017: Dr. S. FIORE (Italy)
2017 – 20XX: Dr. R. Dohrmann (Germany)

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