"Ore Deposits Hub" starting up again

The “Ore Deposits Hub” of which the SGA is one of the main sponsors is started up for 2021 with a great series of online talks.

The list of up coming talks is shown here: https://oredepositshub.com/upcoming-talks/

To sign up for the Ore Deposits Hub mailing list visit: http://oredepositshub.com/register/

SGA 2021 - postponed until March 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the SGA council and local organising committee for the meeting have agreed to postpone 16th biennial SGA meeting - SGA 2021 in Rotorua New Zealand until 28-31 March 2022

See the SGA 2022 website for more updates

Call for nominations - SGA Awards 2021


At the upcoming SGA Biennial meeting in Rotorua 2021, 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), and Crystal La Flamme (2019).

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) and Richard Sillitoe (2019).

The SGA-KGHM Kroll 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 Kroll Medal was Frances Saupé (2015), followed by Maurice Pagel (2017), and David Leach (2019).

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 2021.  More details and nomination forms can be found on the "Awards" page of the SGA website.


New content in the Mineral Deposit Archive


This image, taken in 1907 in the Wilhelm ore body on Level 20 about 550 m NW of the Kaiser Wilhelm II shaft. The photograph taken in black-and-white was coloured by hand by the photographer, Bruno Baumgaertel. Baumgaertel B (1907) Oberharzer Gangbilder. Le


The mineral deposit archive has been updated with a slide set and accompanying descriptions of the Variscan slate belt vein deposits of Germany.  This fantastic detailed contribution provided by Andreas Mueller describes the structural setting or and alteration mineralogy of the gold and Zn-Pb-Ag veins of the Variscan slate belt, Germany.

We encourage all members to contribute to the mineral deposits archive - instructions for submissions to the mineral deposit archive can be found here.

This photograph, taken in 1907 shows the main vein in the Burgstaetter Fault, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Harz. The photo was taken in the Wilhelm ore body on Level 20 about 550 m NW of the Kaiser Wilhelm II shaft. The photograph taken in black-and-white was coloured by hand by the photographer, Bruno Baumgaertel. Baumgaertel B (1907) Oberharzer Gangbilder. Leipzig, W. Engelmann, 23 pp


SGA-IUGS Green Metals virtual seminar


In preparation to the 7th Short course on African Metallogeny "Energy Metals for a Sustainable Society" in Windhoek, Namibia, which was postponed to 4th quarter 2021, the SGA and IUGS in cooperation with the University of Namibia, the Geological Survey of Namibia and the Namibian Uranium Association, and the student chapters of Senegal and Ivory Coast, is organising a virtual seminar on the topic “Green metals”.   

See the Flyer for more information.

7th SGA-SEG-UNESCO-IUGS Short Course on African Metallogeny 

"Energy Metals for a Sustainable Society"

The 7th SGA-IUGS-SEG-UNESCO Short Course on African Metallogeny to be held in Windhoek, Namibia, has been postponed due to COVID-19 until Fall 2021.  The exact date for the rescheduled event will be communicated at a later date.  The short course is supported by: SGA, IUGS, SEG, and UNESCO.

See the Flyer for more information.

Mineralium Deposita - improved bibliometric data


Mineralium Deposita is the official journal of the SGA. The 2019 bibliometric data indicates the journal is doing well, with its highest 2-year Impact Factor (IF) ever at 4.32. The IF compares the number of citations for a reference year to the number of citable items of the two previous years. Since introduction of the IF in 1997, Mineralium Deposita has shown a steady increase in the IF from around 0.6 in 1997 to 4.32 in 2019. 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 (thomas.aiglsperger@ltu.se).

Download the application form here.

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

Digital Platform of Mineral Deposits - in Spanish


The Digital Platform of Mineral Deposits (PYDM by its Spanish acronym) is an initiative developed the Peru SGA Student Chapter, which aims to promote discussion about mineral deposits through virtual talks in Spanish. Those interested in attending the virtual talks can find more information including a schedule and information about registration here:


SGA Council Election

The Executive Secretary, Jan Pašava, announced the results of the election of the new SGA Council 2020-2021. View the results of the election and the composition of the new SGA Council here.

SGA Mount Isa Field Conference - delayed until 2021


SGA has the pleasure of announcing the inaugural SGA field conference in the Mount Isa region, Queensland, Australia.  Due to COVID-19 the conference has now been preliminarily scheduled for July 2021.

The conference will involve morning workshops led by well-known Australian and international researchers on iron-oxide copper-gold and sediment-hosted zinc-lead-silver deposits. In the afternoons, field trips and core-yard visits will give participants a regional context and deposit-scale understanding of geological controls on mineralisation. The conference will start in Cloncurry, where the origin and geology of iron-oxide copper-gold deposits will be considered, and finish in Mount Isa, where sediment-hosted zinc-lead-silver deposits will be discussed. Speakers from industry, academia and government have been chosen to discuss key questions about the two deposit types and to present exploration histories and methodologies. 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$2000 for professionals and AU$800 for students (a statement signed by Department Head or equivalent is required for student registration).

Field conference flyer

Information on the scheduling of the course will be updated on the following website: http://geoscienceaustr.neto.com.au/conference/.


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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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