Integrating Science, Business, and Education

DENVER — January 9, 2006 —The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) today announced its biennial technical conference, "Wealth Creation in the Minerals Industry – Integrating Science, Business, and Education," will be held at the Keystone Resort in Colorado, May 14-16, 2006.

"The SEG 2006 conference occurs during a most interesting time for the minerals industry," stated John Dow, conference chair, and president of the SEG.  "An extraordinary growth in the demand for global metals has fuelled a resources boom. Miners and explorers are operating in a more demanding social environment. 

“Even with record earnings, exploration is struggling to replace reserves,” he noted. “In addition, academic institutions are producing fewer graduates for the mining industry to support these requirements."

  • Speakers from throughout industry and academia will address some fundamental questions.
  • What are the crucial factors of geology, human insight and business opportunity that drive exploration success?
  • How can the mining industry build better social and community competency?
  • How can explorers make better use of exploration research, good science and operating best practices to improve efficiency and profitability?
  • How will industry develop a more strategic and sustainable approach to education, training, recruitment and human resource planning?

The three-day event will include technical and poster sessions, an exhibit hall, evening speakers and events, and the SEG Awards night.  Several field trips to nearby geologic sites and seven workshops will be held before and after the conference. 

In conjunction with the conference, the SEG will hold the first ever SEG Student Conference on May 13, bringing together earth science students and SEG student leaders from around the world.

"This  conference provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between mineral explorers, business leaders, earth scientists, researchers, students and investors on issues which will shape the minerals industry for years to come," asserted Murray Hitzman, the Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines and past president of SEG.

Further information is available at the conference website:


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