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Kupferschiefer: Europe's Copper-Silver Resource Repository

Date: August 21-24, 2023

Location: Departing from Krakow, Poland, and returning to Leipzig/Dresden/Wroclaw, Germany

Leaders: Adam Piestrzyński, Wladyslaw Zygo, and Andreas Kamradt

Attendee Maximum: 12

20% of spaces are reserved for students and offered at a discounted rate.



Archeological evidence indicates that the Kupferschiefer of central Europe has been a source of copper since Early to Middle Bronze Age times, with documentation from written sources dating from 1200 AD. Its presence in the Fore-Sudetic Monocline in the Polish Lowlands was first detected in the 1950s during oil and gas drilling, with the first ore grade intercept in 1957, at a depth of 601.2-603.5 m in the Sieroszowice IG-1 drill hole. Based on 24 drill tests performed under the supervision of Dr Jan Wyżykowski from the Polish Geological Institute, a resource of 1.36 Gt, estimated to host 19.3 Mt of metallic copper, was reported in 1959. The first copper ore was extracted on March 20, 1963, from the Boleslaw shaft of the Lubin mine. Today there are three mines operating—Lubin, Rudna, and Sieroszowice-Polkowice—each with a flotation plant, producing in excess of 500,000 t of copper per annum.

This 4-day field trip will begin in Krakow with a visit to the AGH-UST University to view their Kupferschiefer mineralogy collection and get a briefing on health-safety and logistics for the visit. In the following days visits will take place to the copper mining operations at Lubin and Sieroszowice-Polkowice, and the Werra salt mine, where a complete section through the Lower Zechstein is exposed, before travelling west into Germany to visit the Sangerhausen Mine and Museum and nearby Upper Permian-Lower Zechstein outcrops, where the trip will conclude.

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About the Leaders


Adam Piestrzyński

AGH University of Science and Technology

Adam is a is professor of Economic Geology at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection of the AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland. He published over 250 articles and completed over 370 exploration and industrial projects in the last 50 years, cooperating with the KGHM P.M. and international exploration companies in Mongolia, Ukraine and Vietnam. His main interests are base metal mineralization and gold deposits, especially sediment-hosted Kupferschiefer-type Cu-Ag deposits in Europe and South America. He established the Critical Elements Laboratory KGHM and AGH-UST University joint facility. He has promoted over 150 M.Sc. students and 8 Ph.D. students.


Wladyslaw Zygo

AGH University of Science and Technology

Wladyslaw works as the research assistant at the Economic Geology Department, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection of the AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland. His research area is focused on 3D-4D ore deposit modelling (Kupferschiefer type, MVT), identification of critical elements in Cu-Ag deposits in the Lubin-Sieroszowice district. He is part of the research group working on ore minerals distribution in the Permian, copper bearing sedimentary basin in Poland. He was a member of the exploration team for Au, Cu, Ni deposits in South Mongolia (2008, 2010-2012) and evaluation team of the polymetallic deposits in Serbia and Montenegro (2013) and Kosovo (2016). Currently, he acts as the lecturer of several courses at AGH-UST (e.g. computer modelling, prospecting and mineral exploration, and economic geology).


Andreas Kamradt

Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Andreas holds a degree and doctorate in geology and his experience is based on more than 10 years of scientific research in the fields of ore deposits of base and battery metals. He is currently associate and lecturer of the economic geology and petrology research group at the Department of Geosciences of the Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany. Extensive research on the mineralogical and geochemical characterization of processing products and tailings of European sediment-hosted Kupferschiefer-type Cu-Ag deposits is one of Andreas Kamradt's scientific focal points. He is expertly familiar with the geological conditions of the ore mineralization and with the legacies of the long-lasting copper mining industry in the Mansfeld-Sangerhausen mining district.

Itinerary (Preliminary)

Day 1 - Monday, August 21

  • Krakow, visit university specimens collection, drive to Lubin

Day 2 - Tuesday, August 22

  • Lubin Mine visit, including flotation plant

Day 3 - Wednesday, August 23

  • Morning: Sieroszowice Cu and Werra Salt mine visits
  • Evening: Travel to Halle

Day 4 - Thursday, August 24

  • Sangerhausen Tourist Mine and Museum, Upper and Lower Permian outcrops

Day 5 - Friday, August 25

  • Departure to London from Leipzig, Dresden, or Krakow


Email Duncan Proctor at to be added to the waitlist.

Early Deadline: June 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 11, 2023

  Early Regular
SEG Professional Member US$1,995 US$2,095
SEG Student Member US$995 US$1,095
Non-member US$2,095 US$2,195
All prices are in United States dollars (USD). SEG reserves the right to cancel this event should minimum attendance numbers not be met by June 30, 2023. All registrants will be given a full refund should SEG cancel the course. Cancellation policy, event photography, dietary restrictions, and more are detailed in the SEG Conference terms and conditions.