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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

36th International Geological Congress

The International Geological Congress is a mega event organised every four years. The next edition – the 36th – will be organised in Delhi, India, March 2-8, 2020.

The Congress has 45 themes, covering practically all aspects of Planet Earth, has > 60 field trips, a GeoExpo, and a variety of other programs.

Each theme has several symposia; under each symposium, again, there will be many sessions. You are welcome to submit your abstract at the Congress website (www.36igc.org) and make your presentation at the IGC. You could also go on a field trip, or participate in/organise a workshop or short course and/or enjoy looking around the country, its culture and culinary specialties, its art and architecture, its history and heritage. India provides a world of opportunities!

Thanks to the munificence of the Government of India, we are able to offer a Geohost Support Program that is unprecedented in the history of IGC! We will be providing 1000 free registrations, 1000 airfares and 1000 local hospitality packages to geoscientists/ geoscience students. These will be provided either as full or partial support. So, hurry up and apply online for a Geohost grant! Please visit our website www.36igc.org for all the details.

Revised deadline for abstract submission: October 31, 2019.            

Revised deadline for Early Bird registration: November 30, 2019

Asian Current Research on Fluid Inclusions

8th Biennial ACROFI Conference
16-28 June, 2019, Townsville, Qld Australia

Important Dates

Abstracts

Submission Opens: 11 November 2019

Submission Closes: 28 February 2020

Notification: by 18 March 2020

Registration

Opens: Wednesday 22 January 2020

The Economic Geology Research Unit (EGRU) at James Cook University will host the 8th international ACROFI conference and invites academics, researchers, students and industry professionals to join us in Townsville, Queensland, from 15-18 June 2020.

The main theme of the conference is the study of fluid-and-melt inclusions. The meeting typically has an informal character and is ideally suited for students to present their results and meet experts in their fields. The meeting will include three days of presentations (oral and poster) preceded by a two day workshop (basic concepts of fluid inclusion studies, LA-ICP-MS analyses of fluid inclusions, lab visit) and followed by a one-day post-conference field trip.

Conference topics will include:

  • New developments in fluid research including analytical
  • Experimental, and thermodynamics aspects
  • Magmatic melts and fluids, fluids in volcanic systems
  • Metamorphic fluids
  • Hydrothermal ore deposits and mineral exploration

Keynote Speakers:

  • Robert Bodnar, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
  • Katy Evans, Curtin University,  Australia
  • John Mavrogenes, Australian National University, Australia
  • Pei Ni, Nanjing University, China
  • Jung Hun Seo, Inha University, South Korea
32 CPD Hours

Conference Schedule

Sunday 14 – Monday 15 June: Workshop

Monday 15 June (evening): Welcome Function

Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 June: Technical Talks

Friday 19 June: Field Trip

For further information please contact the Conference Conveners: Jan Huizenga / Carl  Spandler / Yanbo Cheng / Kaylene Camuti

Or contact the EGRU Administration Officer: Judy Botting

Visit the conference web page or download the conference circular.

Exploration Radio Episode 29 is out

In episode 29, Steve McIntosh, Group Executive for Growth and Innovation at Rio Tinto, shares his thoughts on how big companies should run exploration.

Steve McIntosh, Group Executive for Growth and Innovation, Rio Tinto

Almost everyone in our industry has an opinion on how big companies should run exploration. We criticise them for being too risk averse, not moving quickly enough and “why can’t they do it like it was done in the past”. Some of these criticisms might be justified. But comparing these modern groups to the past is a fallacy. These groups have to do things differently. Maybe it’s time we have an honest conversation on what it takes to run exploration groups in major mining companies.

Steve McIntosh, Group Executive for Growth and Innovation at Rio Tinto, and who has been involved in managing exploration activities within the company for the past few decades.

AIG is proud to be a sponsor of the Exploration Radio podcast.

This episode can be found here.

Exploration Radio

AIG is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor of the Exploration Radio podcast for the next 12 months.

Sponsorship of the podcast was approved by the AIG Council at its meeting earlier this week.  

The sponsorship will help Exploration Radio’s presenters Ahmad Saleem and Steve Beresford deliver more great content to listeners, including many AIG members, throughout Australia and internationally.

Exploration Radio is always interesting, topical and a great professional development resource for geoscientists interested in all aspects of mineral exploration everywhere, anytime.  

The podcast is particularly beneficial for geoscientists working in the field, on commute rosters or overseas, interested in keeping informed about developments and ideas relevant to both the present and future of their profession.

Listening to Exploration Radio is a valuable, readily accessible source of continued professional development (CPD) hours for AIG members.  

Podcast episodes can be downloaded from the Exploration Radio website or most popular podcast distribution channels, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify.

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