SGA 2022 - updates


It has been decided by the LOC that due to the ongoing travel restrictions and the difficulties of planning the conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic that the 16th SGA biennial meeting held in Rotorua, New Zealand between 28-31 March 2022 will be a fully VIRTUAL conference. 

Some important dates:

There is an extended call for abstract submissions for poster presentations - deadline monday 25th October 2021

Registration opens on tuesday 9th November 2021

Check the conference website for further updates

Call for proposals for the 18th biennial SGA meeting 2025


The SGA is now open for proposals for organisation of the 18th biennial SGA meeting to be held in 2025.  We would like to encourage the mineral deposit community to submit proposals to host and organise this meeting.  The proposals should be submitted to Jan Pašava, the SGA Executive Secretary ( by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Attached is a guide for organising and managing SGA biennial meetings.  

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


"Energy Metals for a Sustainable Society"

The rescheduled 7th SGA-IUGS-SEG-UNESCO Short Course on African Metallogeny will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, between the 29th November and 3rd December 2021.  The location for the short course depends on the number of participants.  The short course is organised by the SGA, the Geological Society of Namibia, the Namibian Uranium Association and the IUGS-RFG and is supported by: SGA, IUGS, SEG, and UNESCO.

See the new updated flyer for more details.  

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.


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.

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.

SGA Mount Isa Field Conference - delayed until july 2023


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 2023.

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:


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