SGA 2023 - programme and schedule now updated

SGA 2023
- the 17th SGA Biennial Meeting will be held in Zürich, Switzerland between 28th August and 1st September 2023.  The conference will be hosted by ETH Zürich and be held on the Hönggerberg campus in downtown Zürich.  The meeting is co-organised by ETH Zürich, the University of Geneva in Switzerland and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Freiburg in Germany.  

  • The conference format includes a set of exciting technical sessions, topical plenary talks, field trips and workshops
  • Student talks will be particularly welcome and student attendance will be supported by the SGA and the meetings sponsors

The preliminary daily schedule is available here.

Further details are available on the flyer and the SGA 2023 the conference website.

SGA Mount Isa Field Conference - North Australian Zinc Belt


SGA has the pleasure of announcing the rescheduling of the inaugural SGA field conference in the Mount Isa and Cloncurry region, Queensland, Australia from 31st July to 4th August 2023.

The conference will include morning lectures, workshops case studies complimented by afternoon field visits in the area. Speakers from industry, academia and government have been chosen to discuss key questions about the main deposit types in the area. The purpose of the conference is to encourage interaction between delegates, so total numbers are limited to 60. Student participation will by heavily subsidised to encourage their participation. The registration fee is AU$2700 for professionals and AU$900 for students (a statement signed by Department Head or equivalent is required for student registration).

Updated program and contact information are shown on the field conference flyer

Call for nominations - SGA Awards 2023


At the upcoming SGA Biennial meeting in Zurich 2023, the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits will recognise the achievements of three scientists for geological research applied to mineral deposits and outstanding service to the Society:

The SGA Young Scientist Award recognises scientists at the beginning of their careers, consists of a citation, prize money of EUR1500 and travel to Rotorua 2021. Previous award winners have included Noreen Vielreicher (2003), Alexandre Raphael Cabral (2005), Gilles Levresse (2007), David Holwell (2009), Kalin Kouzmanov (2011), David Dolejs (2013), Huayong Chen (2015), Sarah Dare (2017), Crystal La Flamme (2019), and Matthew Steele-MacInnis (2022).

The SGA-Newmont Gold Medal recognises the career of the awardee involving “unusually original work in the mineral deposit sector, which shall be broadly interpreted to encompass major contributions to (1) the science through research and (2) the development of mineral resources through mine geology, exploration and discovery.” The award consists of a citation, a 999.99 fine gold medal, and travel to Rotorua 2021. Previous medallists include Zdenek Johan (2007), Shunso Ishihara (2009), David Groves (2011), Michel Cuney (2013), Steven Scott (2015), David Leach (2017), Richard Sillitoe (2019) and Richard Goldfarb (2022).

The SGA-KGHM Krol Medal is based on in memory of Gerardus L. Krol (1912-1984) who played a key role in the foundation and development of the Society and recognizes outstanding service to SGA. The inaugural winner of the SGA-KGHM Krol Medal was Frances Saupé (2015), followed by Maurice Pagel (2017), David Leach (2019), and Jorge Relvas (2022).

For all awards, letters of support from three SGA members are required. All nomination forms and letters should be sent to the SGA Executive Secretary with a copy to the Chairman of the Awards Committee, whose addresses can be found on the nomination form. All nominations and letters of support (either digital or hard copy) must be received by 31 March 2023.  More details and nomination forms can be found on the "Awards" page of the SGA website.

SGA Council Election

The Executive Secretary, Jan Pašava, announced the results of the election of the new SGA Council 2022-2023. View the results of the election and the composition of the new SGA Council here.

SGA biennial meeting abstract volumes - free to all!


The abstract volumes from the SGA biennial meetings are now free to download from our homepage.  Previously the volumes were available as a download for members or for purchase in the webshop.  The decision to allow free download to all was taken by the SGA Council in order to improve their availability and to promote the excellent science published in these volumes.

The volumes are available here or in the dropdown publications menu.

A number of other publications are available as free downloads to our members including SGA short course notes, SGA field trip guides and also SGA special publications.  The special publication "Isotopes in economic geology, metallogeny and exploration" is currently being compiled and a number of chapters are available to download.

Mineralium Deposita - improved bibliometric data


Mineralium Deposita is the official journal of the SGA. The bibliometric data for the journal continues to improve with 2020 giving the highest ever Impact Factor (IF) at 5.109. Mineralium Deposita has an IF higher than its competitor journals.

We are continuously looking for high quality papers from around the world to maintain and increase Mineralium Deposita’s status as the premier journal in the field. We thank the authors for their excellent research, the many referees and members of the Editorial Board for their insights steering submissions through the peer-review process.

Announcing the SGA Mobility Grant


Get ready for SGA networking!

Are you in contact with an SGA member who runs a laboratory that could answer some of your research questions? The SGA Mobility Grant can help to bring you together! The SGA Mobility Grant offers an opportunity for regular SGA members to apply for funding to travel to a facility with an SGA background.

Applicants have to be in good standing for at least 3 continuous years (i.e. paid up membership fees; up to 2 years of student membership can count) and apply by completing the application form and sending it to the SGA Mobility Grant coordinator (

Download the application form here.

Learning and sharing! That’s the spirit of the SGA Mobility Grant.

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These meetings feature first class science, top speakers, workshops for mining and exploration industry, as well as students from world leaders in their fields, student events and sponsorship.

Make use of discounted registration fees for SGA sponsored conferences, short courses, workshops, field trips, and many other SGA-sponsored events.

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It is widely acknowledged that there is a worldwide shortage of well-trained young professionals in the field of mineral deposit research and economic geology. By establishing the SGA Educational Fund (SGA EF), the SGA wishes to contribute to training the next generation of economic geologists by providing support for educational activities in mineral deposit geology for students and professionals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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SGA Biennial Meetings

Upcoming SGA biennial meetings:


SGA 2023

The 17th SGA Biennial Meeting will be held in Zürich Switzerland on 28th August to 1st September 2023.  The preliminary daily schedule is available here. See the updated program and deadlines are now shown on the conference website SGA 2023.


SGA 2025

The 18th SGA Biennial Meeting will be held in Golden, Colorado, USA between 3rd and 7th August 2025.  More information to follow..!

SGA-sponsored International Meetings

Upcoming SGA-sponsored international meetings:


GAC-MAC-SGA-2023 - The annual joint Geological Association of Canada and Mineralogical Association of Canada 2023 meeting will take place in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on the 24th-27th May 2023.  Meeting website. First circular.


IAEG 50 - The Irish Association of Economic Geology 50th Anniversary Meeting. 8-10 september 2023, Galway Bay Hotel, County Galway, Ireland. Flyer and Information.


8th SGA-IUGS-SEG-UNESCO Short Course on African Metallogeny - "The role of Mineral Wealth in the Energy Transition - Southern Africa" will take place between 9-13 October 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa. First circular.

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