15th Quadrennial IAGOD Symposium: release of the Second Circular


15th Quadrennial International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits Symposium will be organized by the Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR) and the Geological Association of Argentina (AGA) in the city of Salta, Argentina, 28th to 31st August 2018 and give full support for its achievement. The focal theme for this Symposium is: “Ore deposits: providing resources for present and future generations”. It is worth to highlight that this is the first time for Argentina and South America to host such important meeting. South America, particularly the Andean region includes some of the richest metallogenic provinces in the world, such as the richest Cu-Mo province, one of the most extensive and rich Sn belts, one the richest Sb belts, the most important concentrations of Li in salars and one of the richest borates provinces. Also it hosts some of the largest individual ore deposits such as Cerro Rico de Potosí, Llallagua, Chuquicamata and El Teniente mines. South America offers excellent geology hosting world class mineral deposits covering the past 2 Billion years of Earth’s Metallogenic history, encompassing almost every conceivable metallogenic process. Thus the region offers something that will tempt every economic geologist and metallogenist. The diversity of the geology, mineral resources and population invite the world to investigate and discuss the science and enjoy Argentina’s renowned hospitality. This is a unique opportunity to create an extraordinary environment for the presentation and exchange of knowledge and research results on the genesis of mineral deposits. It will also give an invaluable occasion for local scientists for training in various aspects related to metallogeny and research tools. Argentina commits to enhance the participation in the IAGOD Symposium of young geoscientists, students and delegates from less advantaged countries from around the globe. The commitments from the Geological Survey of Argentina and the Geological Association of Argentina, the supports from the Ibero-American Geological and Mining Survey organizations as well as from the private natural resources sector guarantee a successful 15th Quadrennial IAGOD Symposium. 



20th January, 2018 Opening of Online Abstract Submission

15th May, 2018 Deadline for Abstracts Submission

15th July, 2018 Notification of Acceptance of reviewed Abstracts

31st July, 2018 Registration Payment Deadline for submitted Abstracts Registration

20th January, 2018 Opening of Registration and Online Payment

15th February, 2018 Opening of Payment by bank transfer

15th February, 2018 Opening of Registration and Online Payment for Short Courses

31st March, 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline

1st August, 2018 Online Registration and Online Payment Deadline


August 23th – August 27th 2018 Pre-Symposium field trip

August 26th – August 27th Short Courses August 28th Welcome Party An opening reception will be held on the first evening of the Symposium and is planned for approximately 750 people. The reception includes a bar and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and local music and entertainment. This will be located off site and showcases a special place with historical significance. The ticket for the Opening Reception is included in the Registration price.

August 28 - August 31 Symposium Scientific Programme Special Sessions Keynote presentations Poster sessions Registration fees cover coffee-breaks and lunch

August 31 Farewell Assembly A farewell dinner will be held on the last evening of the conference, after the conclusion of the General Assembly.

September 1st onward Field trips The field trips will typically be of 3 - 5 days duration. Costs will include land transport from and to Salta, meals and accommodation


  Early Bird U$S (before May 15th) Regular Payment 
 IAGOD Member 450  500 
Non member 550  600 
Student* 225  250 

*A valid student card will be required to pick up accreditation at the registration desk

To pay as IAGOD Member you have to pay Membership fees before registering to the Symposium.

Discounted registration for IAGOD Members: To be eligible for the discount pay a 3-year term (total 30) that must include 2018. For joining IAGOD download Membership Application Form http://iagod.org/node/16 and send completed to: IAGOD chief treasurer Prof Reimar Seltmann r.seltmann@nhm.ac.uk and copy to account holder Dr Andreas Naegele mail@schweizerbart.de For membership payment please use the web shop at: http://www.schweizerbart.de/iagod/ membership-payment. For registering as IAGOD Member you can download the Membership application (at the Downloads section) and pay IAGOD membership fees before registering to the Symposium (see instructions at www.iagod.org).

For registering to the Symposium you are asked to complete the Registration form (at the Downloads section) and send it back to the following email address: registration@15iagods.org. For Registration create an account. Use the same account for Registration & Payment, as well as for Abstract submission. From January 20th, 2018 the online Registration Payment option can be accessed through the IAGOD Symposium web page (www.15iagods.org) The ticket for the Opening Reception is included in the Registration price. Registration fees cover coffee-breaks and lunch each day.

Please note:

• The early bird registration will be closed on 30th May 2018.

• Online registration closes: 1st August 2018.

• Payment by bank transfer will be available from February 15th until 1st August 2018. After 1st August payments will only be on site. Details for bank transfer will be provided at the IAGOD Symposium web page (www.15iagods.org).

• There will be no refund after 31 July 2018 if registered participants cancel by personal reasons.


T1: Epithermal gold deposits
T2: Ore deposits in rift environments
T3: Ore deposits related to granites: from ore forming processes to metallogeny
T4: Metallogeny of the Andes
T5: Metallogeny of cratonic areas
T6: Global tectonics and Metallogeny: large to giant ore deposit settings
T7: Non conventional ore sources: Exploration and extraction
T8: Geochemistry of ore forming fluids
T9: Precision Geochronology and isotope geology of ore-forming processes: its importance in exploration and metallogenic modelling
T10: Predictive modelling applied to mineral resources
T11: Ore mineralogy
S1: New discoveries and new research on skarn deposits Conveners: Zhaoshan CHANG (James Cook University, Townsville), Larry Meinert (Energy & Mineral Resources USGS), Taofa Zhou (Hefei University of Technology, Hefei)
Sponsored by: IAGOD WG on Skarn Deposits
Outline: South America has some of the largest skarn deposits in the world, including Antamina and Las Bambas. This session will focus on recent advances in understanding the geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy of skarn deposits across the globe.
S2: New developments in magmatic sulfide and oxide deposits in South America and worldwide Conveners: Maria Emilia Schutesky Della Giustina (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil), David Holwell (University of Leicester, UK)
Sponsored by: IAGOD CODMUR
Outline: Magmatic ore deposits are the single most important source of Ni, PGE, Cr, Ti and V on the planet. Their formation results from processes that involve major fluxes of metals from the mantle to the crust, through magmatism, and the diversity of the deposits is determined by a range of crustal processes, including chemical fractionation and contamination and increasingly recognised physical processes such as sulfide injection, slumping, brecciation and entrainment in magmas on a range of scales. This session will cover new developments in geological, analytical and exploration models for magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulfides and magmatic Cr-Fe-Ti-V deposits. We welcome contributions that cover a broad range of approaches from the field, mineralogical and geochemical studies, through to large scale mineral systems approaches. Within this session, there will be a focus on recent developments in South America, alongside presentations covering deposits worldwide.
S3: Magmatic-hydrothermal systems and the formation of porphyry type and IOCG deposits Conveners: Fernando Tornos (Spanish National Research Council – CSIC) and David Lentz (University of New Brunswick, Economic Geology Chair)
Sponsored by: SGA & IAGOD WG on IOCG-IOA systems
Outline: Magmatic-hydrothermal systems form a wide variety of ore deposits related to the evolution of fluids exsolved from igneous rocks. Cooling, reaction with host rocks, boiling and mixing with other fluids can form large deposits of base, precious and critical metals that are included in the porphyry, epithermal, IOCG, skarn and several other styles of mineralization. The session is focussed to the description, evolution, chronology and geochemistry of the porphry type and IOCG systems with especial emphasis in the evolution of the mineral systems and the mechanism that trigger ore formation.
S4: High-tech critical metals: Evaluation and deposit models. Meeting the resource demands of the low carbon society Conveners: Kenzo Sanematsu (Geological Survey of Japan, AIST), Yasushi Watanabe (Faculty of International Resource Sciences, Akita University, Japan), Jens C. Andersen (Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter) and Reimar Seltmann (Natural History Museum, London)
Sponsored by: IAGOD WGCM
Outline: Critical metals have the higher supply risk and economic importance than the other metals although this classification changes with time. The supply risk is related to heterogenous distribution or difficulty in economical processing or extraction of the metals (e.g., rare earths, niobium, indium, cobalt, silicon). Some of these critical metals recently attract the attention due to a rapid increase of the price or demand for high technology. Additionally, climate change has led to strong societal demands for the phasing out of fossil fuel in favour of carbon neutral energy resources. If this is to 15 have significant global impact, this is likely to generate an unprecedented demand for metals that are critical to energy production (Dy, Ga, In, Nd, Se), storage (Li, Co), conversion (Pt, Pd) and efficiency (In, Ga). This session invites contributions to the geology, new deposit models, exploration, evaluation and extraction of these high-tech critical metals as well as how their increased extraction may affect the current mining industry and global economy.
S5: Technical developments and geological applications in remote sensing: from satellites to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) Conveners: Valery Bondur (Presidium RAS, 14 Lewinsky Prospect, Moscow), Sergey Cherkasov (Vernadsky State Geological Museum of Russian Academy of Sciences (SGM RAS) and Marina DiazMichelena (National Institute of Aeronautics – INTA)
Sponsored by: IAGOD CTOD WG Remote Sensing Methods for Tectonics & Ore Prospecting
Outline: The session is dedicated to the intensively developing technologies of multispectral and hyper-spectral surveys, aerial magnetometry, and other geophysical methods with UAVs as carriers for the corresponding equipment as well as to the satellite data being used for geological purposes. Presentations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for these data acquisition, methods and software for data processing, as well as results of the surveys are welcome.
S6: Uranium deposits and resources Conveners: Luis López (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Argentina), Michel Cuney (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and Mostafa Fajek (University of Manitoba)
Sponsored by: IAGOD IUG (International Uranium Group)
Outline: With increased need for uninterrupted, long-term and sustainable supply of uranium, it has become important to look into augmenting the resource base, and making the mining and extraction more efficient and environmentally friendly. This requires a deeper understanding of the genesis of uranium deposits under various geological environments with complex mineralization processes through analysis of the geochemical and mineralogical characteristics of each deposit. Such information will be helpful in guiding further exploration and optimization of extraction and production, and in effective environmental management. The proposed session will look into complete metallogenic characterization of uranium and associated critical material deposits where uranium could be recover as main, co- and by-product. The outputs are also expected to enrich the IAEA database on uranium - World Distribution of Uranium Deposits (UDEPO) - and help understand the global distribution of uranium in a consistent manner and thus provide valuable inputs available resources and their sustainable development.
S7. Base Metals in sedimentary sequences Conveners: Thierry Bineli-Betsi - Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Josefina Pons IIPG-Universidad Nacional del Río Negro-Universidad Nacional del Comahue - CONICET and Joseph Zulu Josrum Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd
Outline: Sedimentary hosted deposits are the most importance source of lead and zinc and totalize the twenty-three percent of the world’s copper production. This session covers the broad range of deposits hosted in sedimentary basins, including Sedimentary Exhalative, Mississippi Valley Type, Vein-type and Sedimentary Hosted Copper Deposits. This session will explore the numerous aspects related to the critical factors involved in the genesis of these sedimentary hosted base metal deposits: 1) large-scale geodynamic setting of mineralization; 2) lithological and structural controls on deposits with special emphasis on the tectono-thermal evolution of the basin; 3) the origin of the metals and sulphur; 4) geochronology 5) the source and geochemistry of the mineralizing fluids; 6) fluid drive mechanisms; 7) the metals transport and precipitation mechanisms and 10) the main factors that help to preserved them.


Epithermal deposits (1 day) Diego Guido (sponsored by SEG)
Regular attendee: ..... USD 200
SEG or IAGOD member: ..... USD 150
Student with University ID: ..... USD  100
Fluid inclusions (1 day) Daniel Moncada (sponsored by SGA)
Regular attendee: ..... USD  200
SGA or IAGOD member: ..... USD  150
Student with University ID: ..... USD  100
Faults, Veins, Breccias, and related Alteration (1 day) Anna Fonseca - SRK Consulting (Canada)
Regular attendee: ..... USD  200
IAGOD member: ..... USD  150
Student with University ID: ..... USD  100
Non-magmatic mineral systems (2 days) Franco Pirajno
Regular attendee: ..... USD  300
IAGOD member: ..... USD 200
Student with University ID: ..... USD  150
Ore mineralogy of micron- to nanoscale to atomic scale observations (1 day) Nigel Cook and Cristiana Ciobanu Prices:
Regular attendee: ..... USD  200
IAGOD member: ..... USD  150
Student with University ID: ..... USD  100
Metallogeny of uranium (2 days) Michel Cuney
Regular attendee: ..... USD  300
IAGOD member: ..... USD  200
Student with University ID: ..... USD 150


The rich mining history of this part of America that began with the exploitation of Ag in the Cerro Rico de Potosí (Bolivia) continues today with the exploitation of Cu and Au porphyries in the Andean region of Chile and Argentina, as well as Li from the salt lakes in the Puna - Altiplano triangle that comprises Argentina Bolivia and Chile. Trips will be organized in these three countries in order to visit world class deposits of metals (Ag, Sn, Cu) and nonmetals (B, Li) having the opportunity to discover the cultural aspects of this region and their inhabitants. Registration and payment of field trips start January 20th, 2018. If any trip is cancelled because of force majeur or not reaching the minimum number of participants, payments will be refunded.


Pre-Symposium field trip


Sponsored by: SGA Synthesis: Starting in Calama, Chile the visit includes the world largest porphyy Cu Chuquicamata mine (86 Mt Cu) as well as the Sierra Gorda porphyry Cu-Mo and the volcanogenic El Laco Fe deposit (430 Mt Fe) in Chile. In Argentina drill cores from the Taca Taca porphyry (Cu-Au-Mo) (13 Mt Cu - 180 t Au) will be examined. Cultural aspects: visits toursitic destinations such as San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), San Antonio of the los Cobres and Santa Rosa de Tastil (Argentina), Atacama salt lake (Chile) and salt lake (Argentina).

Duration: 5 days PRICE: U$S 1400

Post-symposium field trips


Summary: Visit the world-class mineral deposit Bajo de la Alumbrera (porphyry Cu-Au; 3.9 Mt Cu, 490 t Au), Agua Rica (porphyry Cu-Au-Mo; 4.9 Mt Cu, 193 t Au), the Capillitas polymetallic vein deposit, known for its rhodochrosite production and the epithermal Au-Ag-Mn Farallón Negro Mine. Mineralizations are hosted in a back-arc Miocene volcanic complex and comprise more than 12 Mt Cu and 750 t Au. Cultural aspects: Capillitas mine is a unique deposit of rhodochrosite for its original and uncommon stalactite-like formations. This beautiful mineral is considered the «national stone» of Argentina. While visiting the region you will enjoy old towns like Cafayate, Santa María and Andalgalá.

Duration: 4 days PRICE: U$S 1000


Summary: Visit the Tertiary fourth largest borate deposit in the world: Loma Blanca (12.7 Mt borates) and an active boratiferous geyser, as well as lithium brine deposits in the salt flats of Olaroz (1.5 Mt Li carbonate), Cauchari (4.9 Mt Li carbonate) and Rincón (7.4 Mt Li carbonate). This region of the Argentine Puna is one of the main global reserves of Li and B. Cultural aspects: visit the typical Puna towns Purmamarca, San Antonio de los Cobres and Susques.

Duration: 3 days PRICE: U$S 750


Summary: Visit the Ordovician SEDEX type world class Ag-Zn-Pb Aguilar deposit (2.75 Mt Pb, 4.35 Mt Zn, 6,000 t Ag) and discuss its genesis. See the newly open Pirquitas Sn-Ag-Zn open pit (3,250 t Ag, 0.4 Mt Zn), the southern end of the Bolivian Tin belt. Cultural aspects: visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO).

Duration: 4 days PRICE: U$S 1000


Summary: Visit the world-class Ag-Sn Cerro Rico deposit (0.1 Mt Ag, 2.4 Mt Sn) and the Ag-Zn-Pb San Cristobal epithermal mine (4 Mt Zn, 1,4 Mt Pb, 20,000 t Ag), Bolivia. Cultural aspects: Travel through the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO) and visit Potosi, with the world known Royal Mint and the Uyuni world largest salt lake.

Duration: 5 days PRICE: U$S 1600



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