15th International Symposium on Trace Elements in Man & Animals ( TEMA 15)

History of TEMA

The concept of a meeting on trace elements originated in 1967. It was the brain child of Colin Mills (Aberdeen) and Eric Underwood (Perth). Success of the first TEMA meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1969 set the standard for the 13 subsequent TEMA meetings held at three-year intervals at sites around the world. TEMA originally stood for Trace Element Metabolism in Animals. Recognizing the rapidly expanding awareness of trace elements in human nutrition and medicine, the acronym became Trace Elements in Man and Animals (TEMA). The purpose of the TEMA meetings has remained: (1) a form for recent progress, and (2) a site to exchange ideas among investigators in the trace element field.

A full description of the history of the TEMA symposia is available at:

[Information on the TEMA Parent Committee can be found at:


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