6th International Archean Symposium


Date(s) - Tuesday, 14/07/2020 - Thursday, 16/07/2020
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6ias 2020

6th International Archean Symposium

Don’t miss the 6IAS in July 2020 in Western Australia – the premiere, once in a decade, international symposium dedicated to Precambrian geoscience, with a specific focus on the Archean.


July 5-12 2020: Pre-conference field trips (1) Pilbara Craton; (2) Gawler Craton

July 14-16 2020: 6IAS SYMPOSIUM

July 17 2020: TARGET 2020

July 18-25 2020: Post-conference field trips (1) Fortescue and Hamersley Basin; (2) Northern Yilgarn Craton; (3) Eastern Goldfields



University of Western Australia,
Perth, Australia
The symposium is the sixth in a series that began in 1970, with a specific focus on Archean
geoscience. It represents a unique opportunity for researchers, industry professional and
government geoscientists from around the world to showcase the most recent ideas and
guide the future ten years of research.
The technical program will include high-level plenary sessions and themed technical
sessions, as well as panel discussions and poster sessions.

Preliminary Themes

  • Early Earth evolution: perspectives from the oldest minerals and rocks
  • Emergence of atmosphere and life on early Earth and other terrestrial planets
  • Development of Archean continental crust and lithosphere: insights from numerical
    modelling, igneous geochemistry and planetary geodynamics
  • Role of Archean lithosphere in the evolution of younger terranes: contribution of
    geophysics and geochemistry to understanding Archean terranes and their margins
  • Archean terranes and craton margins in BRICS region (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South
  • Archean to Proterozoic transition
  • Mineral systems of Archean terranes and their margins


Planned field trips:

Pre-conference trips:

  1. Pilbara Craton: evolving Archean tectonic styles
  2. Palaeoproterozoic reworking of an Archean craton, a transect through the southern Gawler Craton

Post-conference trips:

  1. The Archean-Proterozoic boundary – out with the old, in with the new; a traverse through the Mount Bruce Supergroup
  2. A traverse across the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia – from the Jack Hills to the Yamarna Terrane
  3. A traverse across the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia – from the Jack Hills to the Yamarna Terrane

The symposium will be followed by Target2020, focusing on exploration strategies for
the future sustainability of the minerals industry.

More information

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