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Countdown to Whistler

November 15, 2019

SEG 2020 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Society, showcasing the scientific accomplishments and mineral discoveries that have defined the past 100 years and the new science, technology, and thinking that will guide us into the next century. The technical program is built around seven major themes:

  • Game Changers — The First Hundred Years
  • Lindgren's Legacy — Ore Deposits in Depth
  • Gold 2020 — Golden Past, Precious Future
  • Basins Through Time — Linking Process and Ore Systems
  • Ore Deposit Structure — Processes, Patterns, and Innovations
  • 2020 Vision — The Next Hundred Years
  • Diversity in Ore Deposits

SEG invites the global minerals community, including industry, academia, and government, with special focus on early-career professionals and students, to a program of exceptional talks and posters, field trips, and workshops at this world-class resort in its spectacular mountain setting.

Please join us for the centenary celebrations in Whistler to forge the future as we build on past successes. The abstract submission site opens January 15, 2020. Details will be available in the coming weeks on the conference website.

SEG 2020 Website

Call for Papers: Special Publication in Memory of Professor Jeremy P. Richards (1960‑2019)

November 14, 2019

SEG Fellow and Lindgren Awardee Jeremy P. Richards passed away on June 7, 2019. He was a professor at Laurentian University's Harquail School of Earth Sciences and led a large research program inspiring many younger researchers to pursue careers in economic geology.

In tribute to Jeremy, SEG will produce a Special Publication to recognize his wide contributions to the field of economic geology. This Call for Papers invites Jeremy's students, friends, and colleagues who wish to honor his legacy to submit proposals for research papers on topics that cover some of Jeremy's interests. The theme of the volume is tectonomagmatic evolution and metallogeny of porphyry-epithermal deposits. Submissions that present new results on topics such as field, petrological, geochemical, experimental, geophysical, or modeling studies are welcome; this includes papers on tectonomagmatic controls on mineralization of subduction, postsubduction and/or postcollisional porphyry deposits, alkalic porphyry and epithermal deposits, and influences on the regional fertility of magmatic arcs.

The proposal should include a tentative title, author name(s) and affiliation(s), and a 100-word synopsis. For further information, please contact Ali Sholeh (sholeha@gmail.com) or Rui Wang (ruiwang_geology@126.com).

Deadlines

Paper Proposal Submission: November 30, 2019
Initial Submission: End of August 2020
Submission of Paper with Revisions: End of February 2021
Submission to Managing Editor: March 2021


Regional Events in Celebration of the SEG Centenary

November 5, 2019

SEG will celebrate 100 years of being a community of geologists committed to advancing the science and discovery of minerals. In celebration, the Society will host a series of events in each of the eight SEG regions. Patrick Mercier-Langevin (Vice President for Regional Affairs) and the Regional Vice Presidents have played a vital role in organizing joint workshops and field trips in world-class districts from each region. These special events will be held between March and September 2020, leading to the culmination of the Centenary celebrations in Whistler, B.C., Canada, at the SEG 2020 Conference.

Date Region Title
March 7-13, 2020 Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Metallogeny of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico
April 15-22, 2020 North America Southwest U.S. Cu-Mo Porphyry Systems
June 11-18, 2020 Australasia The Gawler Craton and Olympic Dam IOCG Deposit
June 16-25, 2020 Africa Neoproterozoic through to Archean Hosted Au, Cu, Zn, Li, Sn, U, Mn, and Diamond Deposits of Namibia and South Africa
August 16-22, 2020 North Eurasia Metallogeny of the Southern Urals
August 23-29, 2020 Europe Lappland's Au and Ni-Cu-PGE Systems in Finland
August 31 - September 5, 2020 South America Gold Metallogeny of the Guiana Shield
September 4-11, 2020 Asia The Southern Kyushu (Japan) Low- and High-Sulfidation Epithermal Systems

Detailed information about each event will be made available on the SEG website under Events. www.segweb.org/events.


Developing Effective Mineral Exploration Management Skills

August 26, 2019

Geologists and project managers transitioning into leadership roles in exploration management are not often prepared for the broad range of technical and business issues that they typically face. Standard geology courses and field-work do not include exposure to business skills such as effective people management, negotiation skills, nontechnical project risks, economics and the social licenses needed to operate exploration projects at a strategic scale.

Western Mining Services, in partnership with SEG, will host a 4-day training course that combines lecture and small team groups to stress interactive thinking and problem-solving needed for successful upper-level management. The small groups utilize the information presented during the lectures to design solutions for exploration challenges faced in the mineral industry. Each group then collaborates and provides a final presentation that is scored on key attributes, including the merits of the proposed solution, time management, and presentation quality.

Real-time feedback from instructors and networking events with fellow, future managers provide rare opportunities to build not only skills for advancement but also an expanded system of colleagues.

Regional and country exploration managers, senior project managers, and geoscientists looking to take the next step in their career will benefit from the course. Sign up by November 15 and receive a discounted rate for early registration.

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Successful Course on the Geology of Mineral Deposits in Latin America

June 1, 2019

The 2019 SEG-SGA-UNESCO Latin American Course on Metallogeny was once again a success. Seventy enthusiastic participants from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the USA attended the course May 23-29, 2019, in Lima, Peru, following the proEXPLO 2019.

Three days of theoretical-practical sessions covered fluids, porphyry systems, and the interconnected future of exploration, mining, and sustainability. Talks were followed by poster presentations. An optional four-day field trip followed, with visits to the ore deposits in Central Peru.

Travel costs for 23 students were subsidized directly through competitive scholarships, with many qualifying for a strongly subsidized registration fee. Through cost-effective management and dedicated leadership, this is one of many ways the Society supports individuals beginning a career in economic geology.

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