Salt of the Earth: 2018 World Salt Symposium
June 19-21, 2018
Park City, Utah
We are pleased to announce that the next World Salt Symposium will be held in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., on June 19-21, 2018. Registration is now open.
Starting in the 1960’s, people from around the world have gathered to share information on the benefits and uses of salt, salt mining practices, and solar salt production. The last such meeting was held in Beijing, China in 2009. The extended period between these conferences ensures a far-reaching and inclusive technical content. This is, without doubt, the most important international meeting focused on the subject of salt.
The Tenth World Salt Symposium is organized by the Salt Institute, in cooperation with several other salt organizations around the world. The World Salt Symposium focuses on the latest research and development in the international salt sector. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects, embracing the science, engineering, technology, economics and history of all forms of sodium chloride salt and their uses. As a broad international platform, the 2018 World Salt Symposium will enable researchers, producers and users of salt to become acquainted with the latest developments and technologies in this important industrial area.
Park City, Utah is known for summer and winter beauty. You may be familiar with the area for its world renowned skiing or the Sundance Film Festival which draws celebrities from around the world, or the Utah Olympic Park. But if you haven’t experienced Park City in the summer, you are missing out on something special. Beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls and rivers surround Park City.
The upcoming symposium will focus on the following themes: Salt Production, Salt and Health, and Salt, Safety and the Environment. We have already received papers from over 20 countries and have registered attendees from 13 countries.
Groundbreaking Evidence on Salt and Health
In the field of Salt and Health, we are pleased to announce that the following world-renowned experts, who have made unparalleled contributions to the field, have already committed to be keynote speakers at the upcoming symposium:
- Dr. Michael Alderman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is a specialist in hypertension. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Alderman has authored more than 290 scientific papers, book chapters and textbooks. Dr. Alderman’s research has focused on understanding the heterogeneity of hypertensive patients and its impact on cardiovascular outcomes. His best-known work relates the renin/angiotensin system and dietary sodium to the course and outcome of cardiovascular disease.
- Dr. Andrew Mente, Associate Professor in Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, has received a Research Fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and a Research Early Career Award from Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Mente has studied the role of dietary sodium and cardiovascular diseases. His team conducted the largest ever epidemiologic study of the impact of sodium intake on blood pressure, cardiovascular disease risk, and mortality in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.
- Dr. Jan Staessen, leads the Research Unit Hypertension and Cardiovascular Epidemiology, KU Leuven Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Staessen was the principal investigator of influential clinical trials, published in top-ranking journals, such as the Systolic Hypertension in Europe Trial (Syst-Eur), the Ambulatory blood Pressure monitoring and Treatment of Hypertension trial (APTH) and the Treatment of hypertension based on Home or Office blood Pressure trial (THOP). Dr Staessen’s current research interests focus on the genetics, epidemiology, and treatment of cardiovascular disease, in particular hypertension.
- Dr. David McCarron, Research Associate in the Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis and former Head of the Nephrology Division at Oregon Health & Science University, conducted the research which originally identified the effect of the DASH diet on high blood pressure, documented the amelioration of salt sensitivity when mineral intake was increased, and defined the normal range of human sodium intake. Dr. McCarron is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research. Dr. McCarron is the Chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society of Nutrition and a member of its Board of Directors.
In the field of Salt and Health we will also have special sessions with iodine experts.
Salt Production Sessions
The Salt Production track of the symposium will cover a broad range of topics relating to all aspects of salt production, including mine safety, history of salt production, solar salt issues and possibilities for value added products in the salt marketplace. More than 60 papers will be presented in podium sessions and poster sessions, along with discussion sessions on safety topics. This will make the World Salt Symposium the global forum of choice for discussions on salt production.
Salt and the Environment
The Salt and the Environment track of the symposium will cover several topics that include a number of sessions and keynotes on the benefits of technological developments to the use of rock salt in winter maintenance and how these developments move forward the concept of safe and sustainable snowfighting. Additionally, several sessions will look at ways in which the salt production industry has worked to ensure that the various processes of producing salt also provide substantial environmental benefits.
If you would like to view information about past and future meetings, you can visit www.worldsaltsymposium.org. This site will also include detailed information about the upcoming meeting.
You can register for the meeting and make hotel reservations using the following link: www.worldsaltsymposium.org/next-symposium. We have secured a fantastic selection of hotels with greatly reduced rates if you book through our registration portals and get in the symposium room blocks. Please consider this meeting soon. The area where the meeting will be held has a finite number of hotel rooms and we expect prime rooms to fill quickly. Additionally, if you know of others who may be interested in attending this meeting, please send them this information. If you have any questions that cannot be answered through the website please reach out to Laura Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you will be able to join us for this rare opportunity to learn about important groundbreaking information on salt while also having some fun in Park City, Utah. And if you have them, wear some cowboy boots to Country Western Night. You might just want to compete in a mechanical bull riding or line dancing contest!
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