16th SGA Biennial Meeting 2021 , Rotorua New Zealand

16th SGA Biennial Meeting 2021 , Rotorua New Zealand

The conference is organised by SGA with support from professionals in universities, research organisations, government, minerals industry, and service providers.

AIG is a supporter of the conference. AIG members may register for the SGA 2021 conference at the SGA member rate, a significant reduction in the conference registration fee.

28 – 31 March 2022, plus pre- and post- conference field trips and short courses.  

The critical role of minerals in the carbon-neutral future

The 16th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) which will take place 28-31 March 2022 in a virtual conference format. The meeting will feature presentations on topics related to mineral deposit research, exploration, sustainable development and environmental and social aspects related to mineral deposits. The oral and poster presentation sessions, and pre- and post-conference short courses will provide a comprehensive programme.


Third Circular

The Third Circular has just been released and can be viewed on the conference website or by clicking here.


Online Registration – Open Now

Online registration is available now via the conference website.

  • Early Bird Registration closes Tuesday 1 February 2022.
  • The registration fees include access to all technical sessions, the virtual exhibition, and virtual social and networking events.
  • Registration for short courses and workshops requires additional fees specific to the course.

Virtual Conference Format

With ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic the 16th SGA Biennial Meeting 2022 is a fully virtual conference, 28-31 March 2022.  

Developing Programme

SGA will be developing their programme over the next two months and will release details as they become available. Please keep checking the conference website for additional updates on the technical programme format, short courses, workshops, and other programme highlights.  

Plenary Session Keynote Speakers

David Cohen
University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Pining for an anomaly: Vectoring towards mineralisation using biogeochemistry
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David Cooke
Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES), University of Tasmania Geological evolution of the Lihir gold deposit, Papua New Guinea
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Dave Craw
Geology Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand Orogenic gold mining and exploration in the Otago Schist, New Zealand
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Cornel de Ronde
GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Submarine hydrothermal systems as the shallow parts of porphyry Cu systems: the case for Brothers volcano
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Angela Escolme
Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES), University of Tasmania Trace element deportment – knowledge is power
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Scott Halley
Mineral Mapping Pty Ltd, Hawley Beach, Tasmania, Australia Estimation of gangue mineral percentages from routine drill hole analyses
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Keenan Jennings
BHP Metals Exploration Mines and mineralisation – How a quality gap illustrates the need to enhance search spaces
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Teresa McGrath
Gold Technology, Group, WA School of Mines; Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia Gravity Recovery of Gold – Past, Present and Future
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Sandra Occhipinti
CSIRO Mineral Resources, Perth, Australia Resourcing a low emissions future through mineral discovery and responsible recovery
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Anita Parbhakar-Fox
W.H Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia The critical importance of ‘secondary prospectivity’ in a dynamic global climate
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Julie Rowland (JR)
The University of Auckland, New Zealand Inherited structures and golden triggers: controls on the localisation of Cretaceous-to-recent gold deposits, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Tobias Schlegel
CSIRO Mineral Resources, Kensington, Western Australia Mineral zonation and ore formation in IOCG deposits: new insights from the integration of mineralogy, geochemistry and petrophysics
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Stuart Simmons
Hot Solutions Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand Advances in the understanding of epithermal ore forming processes from studies of modern environments in the TVZ
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Australia, US partnership on critical minerals formalised

Australia, US partnership on critical minerals formalised

Australia and the United States have formalised their partnership on developing both nations’ critical mineral assets, with a project agreement signed today by Geoscience Australia and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The signing paves the way for both nations to work more closely on understanding each country’s geological resource potential for critical minerals, including rare earth elements, and developing a pathway to supply arrangements.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said it was the beginning of a strong new partnership which would benefit both nations.

“This is a partnership that will deliver opportunity and security to both nations,” Minister Canavan said.

“Growing global demand for critical minerals means there is huge scope for Australia to develop secure and stable supply chains to meet the growing demand for critical minerals in key economies such as the US.

“The US has a need for critical minerals and Australia’s abundant supplies makes us a reliable and secure international supplier of a wide range of those, including rare earth elements.

“Today’s signing follows a wealth of work by the Liberal National Government to grow our potential in the critical minerals market, following the announcement of our critical mineral partnership with the US in early 2018.

“Almost 12 months ago Geoscience Australia and the USGS signed a wide-ranging Letter of Intent to formalise our collaboration on critical minerals.

“Our Critical Minerals Strategy was released earlier this year to coordinate activities across government, promote investment and deliver the necessary infrastructure to bring new critical minerals projects into production.

“And just last month we released our Critical Minerals Supply Chain in the United States report, which reinforces the importance of Australia continuing to attract investment in high-value activities such as processing and manufacturing. 

“Our partnership with the US also supports the goals of our National Resources Statement.”

The new agreement focuses on joint critical mineral potential mapping and quantitative mineral assessments, determining geological controls on critical mineral distribution, and developing data analytics capability to understand supply and demand scenarios for developing the critical minerals pipeline.

The knowledge gained from this collaboration will:

  • Improve both countries’ understanding of their geological resource potential for critical minerals, including rare earth elements, and contribute to a robust evidence base for global supply potential
  • Better identify and close critical minerals knowledge gaps in Australia’s critical minerals understanding
  • Help Australia understand future trends and match resource potential to international demand
  • Fast track innovation in the critical minerals sector, including development of online decision support tools with full data and decision process transparency.

Critical minerals are essential for the production of high-tech, aerospace, defence, renewable energy, agricultural, automotive and telecommunications technologies, and are found in everyday items such as lithium-ion batteries which power laptops and smartphones.

Senator the Hon Matt Canavan Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Media Release, 19 Nov 2019

Funding for Women’s Leadership Development Available

Women and Leadership Australia have funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s science sector. 

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for science sector women, but has to be allocated by the end of 2019.

Expressions of Interest 

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 6th December: www.wla.edu.au/funding.html

36th IGC Geohost Program

The organisers of next year’s 36th International Geological Congress to be held in New Delhi have announced a geohost program for early career geoscientists.

The program provides an opportunity for up to 1,000 applicants to have their travel and registration for the congress covered by a sponsorship. Scan the QR code in the image below or visit the 36th IGC website for full details.

Applications close 15th November so act now!