August 2018 @ Salta City, Argentina

Welcome Message

The Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR) and the Geological Association of Argentina (AGA) are proud to organize the forthcoming 15th Quadrennial Symposium of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD), to be hosted 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 worthy to highlight that this is the first time for Argentina to host such an important meeting. South America, particularly the Andean region that 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 and Ag belts, one of 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 local population invite the world to investigate and discuss our science and enjoy Argentina’s renowned hospitality. The chance for Argentina to host this important meeting is a unique opportunity to help 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 to expand upon their 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 support from the Ibero-American Geological and Mining Survey Association, as well as from the private natural resources sector, guarantee a successful 15th Quadrennial IAGOD Symposium.

There are five field trips planned. Trips are organized in order to visit world class deposits of metals (Ag, Sn, Cu) and nonmetals (B, Li), as well as having the opportunity to discover the cultural aspects of the region and their inhabitants, involving mines from Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.

There will be a variety of day tours available during the conference within Salta city and nearby areas.

The venue for the event is the Salta Convention Center, a world-class facility which has a record of numerous large national and international meetings.

It is our pleasure to warmly invite you to Salta. We look forward to meeting you at the 15th Quadrennial Symposium of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits.

Eduardo Zappettini

The President of IAGOD


XV Symposium International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD)

XXIV General Assembly Asociación de Servicios de Geología y Minería Iberoamericanos (ASGMI)

28th August, 9 hours


Carolina Sánchez
Secretary of Mining Policy, Ministry of Production, Republic of Argentina

Paula María Bibini
Ministry of Production, Work and Sustainable Development, Salta, Republic of Argentina

Julio Ríos Gómez
President of the Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR)

Eduardo O. Zappettini
President of IAGOD

Qiuming Cheng
President of IUGS



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Honorary President
Julio Ríos Gómez
President of the Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR)

Carolina Sánchez
Secretary of Mining Policy, Ministry of Production, Republic of Argentina
Mario Pereira
National Director of the Geology and Mining National Survey, Chile (SERNAGEOMIN)
Daniel Ricardo Blasco
Secretary of Mining, Salta Province, Argentina
Ricardo Salas
Former Secretary of Mining, Salta Province, Argentina
Miguel Soler
Secretary of Mining, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Ricardo Alonso
University of Salta, Argentina


Eduardo O. Zappettini
Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, SEGEMAR; Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW); President of IAGOD

Martin Gozalvez
Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, SEGEMAR
Graciela Marin
Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, SEGEMAR; Geological Association of Argentina
Eduardo Marquina
Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, SEGEMAR
Susana Segal
Former Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, SEGEMAR
Carlos Herrmann
Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, SEGEMAR
Nora Rubinstein
National and Technical Research Research Council-Argentina (CONICET), IGeBA Department, University of Buenos Aires
Diego Guido
National Scientific and Technical Research Council-Argentina (CONICET), University of La Plata, Eploration Vicepresident (AUSTRAL GOLD)
Pablo Caffe
National and Technical Research Research Council-Argentina (CONICET)
José Marcelo Arnosio
University of Salta
Waldo Vivallo Sandoval
Geology and Mining National Survey, Chile (SERNAGEOMIN)
Raúl Lira
National Scientific and Technical Research Council-Argentina (CONICET), Univesity of Córdoba Coordinator of the 15th IAGOD Symposium Scientific Committee


President: Eduardo Zappettini – Argentina –
Secretary General: David Lentz – Canada –
Chief Treasurer: Reimar Seltmann – UK –
Publication Manager: Franco Pirajno – Australia –
Promotion Manager: Xiang Junfeng – China –
Webmaster: Evgeniy Naumov – Russia –
Executive Manager: Alla Dolgopolova – UK –


Past President: Mao Jingwen – China –
First Vice President: Nora Rubinstein – Argentina –
Second VP: Sergei Cherkasov – Russia –
1st VP at Large: Alexandra Gomez Escobar – Colombia –
2nd VP at Large: Alexey Aleshin – Russia –
Past Secretary General: Sun Xiaoming – China –

Regional Councillors

Africa: Paul Nex – South Africa –
Asia: Batkhishig Bayaraa – Mongolia –
Australasia: Nigel Cook – Australia –
Europe: David Holwell – UK –
North America: Ed Ripley – USA –
South America: Diego Guido – Argentina –
China: Xie Guiqing – China –
India: Dipak Pal – India –
Iran: Seyed Mehran Heidari – Iran –
SE Asia: Khin Zaw – Australia –

Ex officio Members

Account holder: Andreas Nägele – Germany –
President, SGA: Jorge Relvas – Portugal –
Executive Secretary, SGA: Jan Pasava – Czech Republic –


Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR)
Geological Association of Argentina (AGA)

Contact information

Important Dates


20th January, 2018

5th July, 2018

15th July, 2018

31st July, 2018

Opening of Online Abstract Submission

Deadline for Abstracts Submission

Notification of Acceptance of reviewed Abstracts

Registration Payment Deadline for submitted Abstracts


20th January, 2018

15th February, 2018

30th March, 2018

30th May, 2018

31st July, 2018

Opening of Registration and Online Payment

Opening of Registration and Online Payment for Short Courses

Opening of Payment by bank transfer

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Online Registration and Online Payment Deadline

15th Quadrennial IAGOD Symposium

August 23th - August 27th

Pre-Symposium field trip

FT1. Wealth in the Andes: Copper and Iron. It includes the visit of Chuquicamata, Sierra Gorda and El Laco deposits. Field trip will last five days.

August 26th - August 27th

Short Courses

• Epithermal deposits • Fluid inclusions • Faults, Veins, Breccias, and related Alteration • Non-magmatic mineral systems • Ore mineralogy of micron to nanoscale to atomic scale observations • Metallogeny of uranium

August 28th -

Welcome Party

An opening reception will be held on the first evening of the Symposium and is planned for approximately 500 people. The reception includes an open bar and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and local music. This will be located off site and showcases a special place with historical significance. The ticket for the Opening Reception is to be included in the Registration price.

August 28th - August 31th

Scientific Programme

• Thematic Sessions • Special Sessions • Keynote Lectures • Poster Sessions

August 30th -

Farewell Dinner

A farewell dinner will be held on the last evening of the conference.

August 31th -

General Assembly

September 1st - onward

Post-Symposium Field trips

Post-Symposium field trips include the following alternatives: FT2. Land of the Inca Rose: Farallón Negro District; FT3. Li-rich salt lakes and borates in the Argentine Puna; FT4. Road of Silver in the Argentine Puna; Aguilar and Pirquitas mines; FT5. Bolivian Altiplano: in the search of the Silver Land: Cerro Rico-San Cristóbal deposits. Field trips will be 3 to 5 day's duration.

Plenary Lectures, Thematic and Special Sessions


Metallogenic Potential of Argentina

Eduardo Zappettini (President of IAGOD)

Mineral exploration models from simple fiction to complex reality

Reimar Seltmann (IAGOD Distinguished Lecturer)

Iron Oxide Copper-Gold (IOCG) Systems: examination of end-member models, physicochemical processes, and possible modern analogues

David Lentz

Why detailed mineralogy is important: understanding evolution of the Olympic Dam iron-oxide copper-gold system, South Australia

Nigel Cook

National Mineral Exploration Strategic Action Plan-Application of Metallogenic Theory and Exploration in China

Li Jinfa (Deputy President, China Geological Survey)

Copper deposits in Brazil: geological setting, process and evolution of mineral systems

Lena Monteiro (SEG Regional VP Lecturer)

Microbiology and the formation of ore deposits

Fernando Tornos (SGA Keynote speaker)

Singularity of Lithosphere Phase Transition and Origination of Porphyry Mineralization

Qiuming Cheng (President of the International Union of Geological Sciences – IUGS)

Paleozoic porphyry Cu (Mo, Au) systems from the Urals

Olga Plotinskaya

Rare Earth mineral systems associated with alkaline Intrusions and carbonatites

Franco Pirajno

Near-surface features of the epithermal environment: Formation, characteristics and contrasting implications for exploration

Jeffrey Hedenquist


T1: Epithermal gold deposit (Convenor: Diego Guido)

T2: Ore deposits in extensional tectonic settings

T3: Ore deposits related to granites: from ore forming processes to metallogeny (Convenors: Jingwen Mao, Shao-Yong Jiang, Xiaoming Sun)

Keynote Lectures: “New granite-related tungsten deposits in northern Jiangxi Province of south China: Ore-forming process and genetic model”; speaker: Shaoyong Jiang (China), Ning-Jun Peng, Suo-Fei Xiong, Dao-Hui Pi // “Genesis of the Mount Pleasant W-Mo-Bi (Fire Tower Zone) and Sn-Zn-Cu-In (North Zone) deposits, NB Canada: examination of contrasting mineralization types possibly linked to redox evolution during episodic devolatilization of a extremely fractionated leucogranite”; speaker: David Lentz (Canada) // “Sn-W Deposits in NE Queensland, Australia: Past, Present and Prospect”; speaker: Yanbo Cheng (Australia)

T4: Metallogeny of the Andes (Convenor: Nora Rubinstein)

T5: Metallogeny of cratonic areas

T6: Global tectonics and Metallogeny: Ore deposit settings (Convenor Martín Gozalvez)

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 (convenor: Nigel Cook)


S1: New discoveries and new research on skarn deposits

Conveners: Dr. Zhaoshan CHANG (Colorado School of Mines, USA), Dr. Larry Meinert (Deputy Associate Director –Energy & Mineral Resources USGS) and Dr. 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.

Keynote Lectures: “Skarn Deposits – Using mineral zonation in exploration”; speaker: Lawrence Meinert

S2: New developments in magmatic sulfide and oxide deposits in South America and worldwide

Conveners: Maria Emilia Schutesky Della Giustina (Universidade de Brasília, Brasil) and 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.

Keynote Lectures: “The Voisey’s Bay Deposit, Canada: How Twenty-Five Years of Research Redefined Genetic and Exploration Models for Magmatic Ni-Cu-Co Sulfide Deposits”; speaker: Andrew Kerr, Memorial University, St. John’s, Canada

S3: Magmatic-hydrothermal systems and the formation of ore deposits

Conveners: Fernando Tornos (Spanish National Research Council – CSIC) and David Lentz (University of New Brunswick, Economic Geology Chair)

Sponsored by: SGA

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.

Keynote Lectures: ”The anatomy of a modern submarine arc volcano: magmatic-hydrothermal activity and the transport of metals”; speaker: Cornel de Ronde // “Seeking the mantle as a source of precious metals in magmatic-hydrothermal deposits”; speaker José María González

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 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.

Keynote Lectures: ”Cobalt: perspectives on future resource supply”; speaker: Richard Herrington

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) and Sergey Cherkasov (Vernadsky State Geological Museum of Russian Academy of Sciences (SGM RAS)

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.

Keynote Lectures: “New Remote Sensing Tools for the Exploration and Mining Lifecycle”; speaker: Dan Taranik // “Remote Sensing for Geology in the XXI Century”; speakers: Valery Bondur and Sergey Cherkasov

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

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.

Keynote Lectures: “Uranium in Argentina: Deposits, Resources and Nuclear Supply”; speaker: Luis López // “The ultimate origin of uranium deposits”; speaker: Michel Cuney

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: Sediment-hosted deposits are the most importance source of lead and zinc and constitute 23% 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 Sediment-hosted Copper-Silver-Cobalt Deposits.
This session will explore the many critical factors involved in the genesis of these sedimentary 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) mechanisms of fluid flow; 7) controls of metals transport and precipitation mechanisms, and 8) factors related to preservation.

Keynote Lectures: “Cobalt in sedimentary basins”; speaker: Richard Herrington


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Delegate registration fee includes:

• access to the scientific sessions and exhibition area, coffee breaks
• conference documentation (congress bag, final programme, abstract publication, name badge)
• attendance at the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception taking place on 28th August, 2018

Tickets to the Official Symposium Farewell Dinner, taking place on Thursday, August 30st, 2018, can be purchased at your own expense and include a cocktail and an Argentine style dinner. Attire: come as you are. Cost: US$ 50.

Accompanying fee registration is US$ 100 which includes admission for the Opening Reception on August 28th and a short local tour. Registered accompanying guests are invited to purchase tickets for the social events as well as for daily tours to be offererd in an oficial tour desk located at the conference hall. Accompanying guests are not allowed to enter the scientific sessions or be authors on submitted abstracts.

Late / Onsite Registration (from August 1st)

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Participants have to pay the symposium registration fee as prerequisite for booking short courses and/or field trips

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All abstracts must be submitted in English.

Abstracts will be 1200 words length. They must include sufficient information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of the topic, the adequacy of the investigative strategy, the nature of the results, and the conclusions. The abstract should summarize the substantive results of the work and not merely list topics to be discussed.

An abstract is an outline/brief summary of your paper and your whole project. It should have an intro, body and conclusion. It is a well-developed paragraph, should be exact in wording, and must be understandable to a wide audience. Abstracts highlight major points of your research and explain why your work is important; what your purpose was, how you went about your project, what you learned, and what you concluded.

If your title includes scientific notation, Greek letters, bold, italics, or other special characters/symbols, do make sure they appear correctly.

Abstracts can be accepted either as poster or oral communication. The Abstract Scientific Committee will select submitted abstracts and determine whether they are accepted for oral or poster presentation. If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be requested to be available for discussion during the corresponding poster viewing session.

For abstracts submissions please click on the following link: Abstract Submission Platform.

Poster Presentations

General information

All posters must be written in English.

The exhibition of posters of each exhibitor will take place in the halls of the Convention Center.

Posters will be exhibited during one day during the Congress and will be grouped by sessions and by topics. Presenters are expected to be present at the daily poster sessions and requested to attend their posters the day their session is scheduled in the Final Program.

It is important to consult the final program beforehand to know the location of the poster in the panels. Volunteers will offer assistance.

Photographing posters or oral sessions will be prohibited except by authorized agents of the Symposium or by the first author of the presentation.

No chairs and tables will be provided at the exhibition site. If any special items are needed, the staff should be required to assist during the sessions.

Poster dimensions

54 inches high and 36 inches wide

We recommend that you use 72-point bold font for title and a 60-point font for authors and affiliations. The title should be the same as the work of the conference. The texts and illustrations must have enough size to read from a distance of 2 meters.

Oral Presentations

General information

Computers, audio-video equipment and technical assistance will be provided to monitor and test the presentation of each participant.

Format of the oral presentations

Presentations will only be allowed to display in Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx). There will be no projectors or slide carusel. Presenters have the responsibility to ensure the exposure is compatible with Windows and Microsoft office. Letter Arial, Times New Roman, Etc. Common format such as AVI, MPG

The presentations must be in English. There will be no simultaneous translation into Spanish.

Regular Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, including a couple minutes for questions. It is essential that speakers  strictly follow the Final Program and respect the stipulated time.

30 minutes before the session the presenter must go to the corresponding room to receive instructions for use of equipment and control that everything is in order.

Speakers have to bring the presentation in # USB stick #. Speakers will not be allowed to use their own laptop.

Presentations will be deleted from computers after the end of each session.

Abstract Preparation Guidelines

All abstracts must be submitted in English.

Author Name(s)

The presenting author of an accepted abstract must attend, register and pay for the Symposium.

An author may present no more than two abstracts. More than two submissions can be accepted from an author if one of his/her co-authors present additional abstracts. If an abstract is accepted, the presenter must be one of the co-authors listed.

If an author’s name appears on more than one abstract, it must be identical on each submission. Do not list authors by initials only – provide full names.

Provide email and affiliation only for the first author. In the Affiliation box you can list more than one affiliation, separated by commas.

Abstract category

Please choose from the abstract categories available (T: Topics and S: Special Sessions).


Abstracts that appear to be replicate versions of a single study will be rejected. Abstracts containing identical or nearly identical data submitted from the same institution and/or individuals will be rejected.


Abstracts of original science – content should be structured into the following four (4) sections: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions.


Abstracts are limited to 1200 words. This includes the text in type Arial 11 point, plus any graphic/table.

Images/Graphics/Tables – Their use is encouraged if they are relevant to the research submitted. Only one of the following is allowed per abstract:

• Images/Graphics: Images should be pasted under “attachment” in the template in JPG/BMP format, maximum size 9cm x 17cm, and resolution up to 300dpi. Please note that these may be resized to fit in the final printed material. Their inclusion counts as 350 words for the total count of the abstract

• Tables: Tables have to be added as a table and not as an image in the template. The characters used in the table count toward the total words count of the abstract (max 1200)

Clarity of expression will be considered in the review process. The overall quality of language used should assure comprehension by the reader.

Do not include:

Footnotes and/or key words in your submission.

Proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors. IAGOD will never edit the scientific content of a submission. Nor will it make changes to a submission, including typographical errors, except to comply with the grammatical format preferences as described above. If accepted, the abstract will be published in print or electronic versions as submitted.


All abstracts presented at the Scientific Sessions must conform to the eligibility criteria listed above.

All presentations and question-and-answer periods will be in English. If presenters need assistance in understanding or responding to questions in English, they are encouraged to have a member of their research group assist them.

Any additional or revised guidelines for abstract presentation will be provided to presenting authors of accepted abstracts in their notification email.


The submitter acts on behalf of all co-authors and in submitting an abstract, transfers to IAGOD the copyright and all other rights in the material comprising the abstract if the abstract is accepted.
IAGOD, as holder of the copyright of the accepted abstract, reserves all rights of reproduction, distribution, performance, display, and the right to create derivative works in both print and digital formats.


All abstracts submitted are disclosed to members of the peer-review selection committee, as well as to IAGOD staff as necessary in connection with the Scientific Sessions. Those abstracts that are accepted for presentation are made available to the public in advance of the Scientific Sessions. Abstracts not accepted for presentation are not published, and are ordinarily not disclosed outside of IAGOD and persons associated with the selection process (i.e., the peer-review committee). Notwithstanding these policies and procedures, IAGOD is not subject to any confidentiality requirements with respect to submitted abstracts. In addition, compliance with any disclosure or nondisclosure requirements that apply to researchers or research sponsors (whether under federal securities laws, contract agreement, or otherwise) is the sole responsibility of the researcher and/or sponsor, and not IAGOD.

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SC1: Epithermal deposits (1 day) – 27 August 2018

Diego Guido (CV data) (sponsored by SEG)

The objective of the course is to detail the theoretical concepts of the epithermal deposits, to then provide a set of knowledge and practical experiences that allow to improve the identification, exploration and modeling of these deposits. General bibliography of the epithermal deposits will be used, along with world and Argentine examples, accompanied by a collection of more than 120 representative samples.

The course has an extension of 8 hours, which are divided into four theoretical modules of 1.5 to 2 hours each. A collection of hand samples (hand lenses required) and other materials will be available at all times. At the end of the course, at least 1 hour will be allocated for consultation on the content of the course and the displayed material.
1) Introduction to epithermal deposits: • Definition • Geological setting • Economic importance • Types of deposits (high and low sulphidation, and intermediate sulfidation) and distinctive characteristics of each type and relationships between them: Geotectonic setting, genetically related rocks, host rocks, hydrothermal fluid characteristics, deposit morphology, hydrothermal alteration, gangue mineralogy (quartz textures), ore mineralogy, geochemical signature, variation of the distinctive characteristics depending on the depth, classic examples
2) Other classifications and controls in the deposition: • Other types of epithermal deposits • Alkaline type, low sulphidation • Polymetallic Bolivian type • Corbett’s classification • Relationship with the porphyry environment • Lithological control: breccias, permeable and reactive lithologies • Hydrothermal control: residual silica and breccias • Structural control
3) Paleosurfaces and shallow epithermal environment: • Geothermal environment • Types of hydrothermal waters and their products • Facies and facies associations in active sinter and travertines • Fossil sinters and travertines. Recognition of pseudosinters • Hydrothermal eruption breccias • Shallow epithermal environment
4) Exploration and investigation of epithermal deposits: • Prospecting guides and target identification • Geological and mineralization mapping • Sampling techniques • Mapping of mineralization pulses • Hydrothermal alteration study • Fluids characterization: Fluid inclusions, stable and unstable isotopes • Geochemical and geophysical studies • Data processing and evaluation of the deposit • Advanced exploration

Regular attendee: US$ 200
SEG or IAGOD member: US$ 150
Student with University ID: US$ 100

SC2: Fluid inclusions (1 day) – 27 August 2018

Daniel Moncada (CV data) (sponsored by SGA)

The course is intended for the public to apply the principles of fluid inclusions and recent advances in analytical techniques. That might help to answer geological questions related planetary processes and mineral deposits. The practical used of fluid inclusions in exploration of different natural resources. The course has an extension of 8 hours.

08:00 – 12:00 hs.: • Introduction to fluids and associated processes in the Earth • Introduction to phase equilibria and thermodynamics • Introduction to Fluid Inclusions and fluid phase equilibria • PVTX properties of the systems H2O, H2O-NaCl, H2O-CO2, and H2O-NaCl-CO2
14:00 – 18:00 hs.: • Organization of a fluid Inclusions study: Petrography, preparation of sample and analytical techniques • Hydrothermal ore deposits and exploration of porphyry copper deposits, epithermal deposits, massive sulfide desposits, and geotermal systems.

Regular attendee: US$ 200
SGA or IAGOD member: US$ 150
Student with University ID: US$ 100

SC3: Faults, Veins, Breccias, and related Alteration (1 day) – 27 August 2018

Anna Fonseca (CV data) – SRK Consulting (Canada)

This 8-hour short course was designed to provide the tools needed to understand and describe faults, veins, and breccias and their associated hydrothermal alteration. The course includes presentations, practical exercises, case studies, and detailed instructions on how to describe and measure structures.

1) Basic concepts of structural control: • What is structural control? • Structural geology applications throughout the mining cycle • Permeability, dilation, swarm seismicity, and fluid plumbing • How to identify dilational zones • The importance of cross-cutting relations
2) Faults and fault systems: • Fault geometry in 3D • Fault networks and systems at various scales • Fault growth, propagation, and linkage • Brittle and ductile fault products • Orientation and sense of movement on faults • Cross-cutting relations
3) Veins and breccia systems: • Structural types of veins • Veins that indicate the sense of movement on a fault • Vein networks • Describing breccias • Brecciation processes
4) Alteration associated to faults, veins, and breccias: • What is alteration? • How do different rock components alter? • Alteration terminology • Field equipment for alteration mapping • Introduction to infrared spectroscopy
5) Structures and alterations in the shallow porphyry-epithermal environments: • Structural setting of porphyry and epithermal environments • Veins and breccia styles and cross-cutting relations • Alteration mineral assemblages and texture that constitute exploration vectors

Regular attendee: US$ 200
IAGOD member: US$ 150
Student with University ID: US$ 100

SC4: Non-magmatic mineral systems (2 days) – 26 to 27 August 2018

Franco Pirajno (CV data)

In this 2-day course, we discuss a range of mineral systems that are essentially non-magmatic although, in some cases, there may be a link with magmas. In Day 1, we will examine hydrothermal processes (wall rock alteration, fluid inclusions, metal complexing and ligands, isotopic signatures); this is followed by hydrothermal processes responsible for ocean floor mineralisation, ophiolites, and the very large resources (mainly Fe-Mn, REE) of the deep ocean floor; sedimentary rock-hosted mineral systems and the polymetallic black shales. In Day 2 we will examine orogenic, mineral systems, laterite-hosted and non-sulphide mineral deposits; the industrially important Fe (and Mn) ores, placers and we will end the short course with an overview of mineral systems in the biosphere context and the role of organic matter in the precipitation of ore minerals. The course will take up no more than a total of 12 hours (6h/day), with intercalated due breaks.

Day 1: • Introduction to hydrothermal processes; wall rock alteration, fluid inclusions, stable isotopes • Mineral systems of the ocean floor, ophiolites and related hydrothermal processes • Deep ocean floor, Fe-Mn and REE mineralisation • SEDEX deposits • Copperbelt- and Kupferschiefer- type mineral deposits • Mississipi Valley Type (MVT) and Black Shales • Discussion
Day 2: • Orogenic and anorogenic mineral systems • Listvenite and rodingites • Laterite-supergene mineral deposits • Non-sulphides mineral deposits • Iron and Manganese ores • Placer deposits • Hydrothermal mineral systems and the biosphere; the role of organic matter • Discussion

Regular attendee: US$ 300
IAGOD member: US$ 200
Student with University ID: US$ 150

SC5: Ore mineralogy of micron- to nanoscale to atomic scale observations (1 day) – 27 August 2018

Nigel Cook (CV data), Cristiana Ciobanu (CV data)

The course will comprise four lectures (each module 75 minutes) and an open Q & A session at the end.

• Micron-scale analysis and interpretation of mineral assemblages in ore deposits (Nigel Cook) • Nano- to atomic-scale analysis of ore minerals and associated phases: methods and opportunities (Cristiana Ciobanu) • Bridging micron- to nanoscale scales of observation: advantages and pitfalls (Nigel Cook) • Examples of nanoscale analysis to problems in ore genesis (Cristiana Ciobanu)

Regular attendee: US$ 200
IAGOD member: US$ 150
Student with University ID: US$ 100

SC6: Metallogeny of uranium (2 days) – 26 to 27 August 2018

Michel Cuney (CV data)

Day 1: During the first day, the workshop will give a general overview of the physical and chemical properties of uranium and thorium and their application to the exploration and understanding of ore-forming processes. The new descriptive (International Atomic Energy Agency) and genetic classifications of uranium deposits will be presented, together with an overview of the world’s uranium resources. The evolution through time of ore-forming processes and uranium deposit types will be introduced. Then, the presentation on the fractionation of uranium during magmatic processes will define the best uranium sources and the mechanisms of formation of the uranium deposits essentially related to igneous processes.
Day 2: On the second day, the other main genetic types of U deposits will be reviewed: hydrothermal U veins associated with granites, volcanic rocks and IOCG deposits, hydrothermal diagenetic deposits with intra- and inter-formational and basement/basin redox control, hydrothermal metamorphic and hydrothermal metasomatic deposits, deposits related to meteoric water infiltration, and synsedimentary deposits. Special emphasis will be given to U deposits from South America and their possible correspondence beyond the Atlantic on the western part of Africa.

Regular attendee: US$ 300
IAGOD member: US$ 200
Student with University ID: US$ 150

SC7: Exploration for Skarn Deposits (1 day) – 27 August 2018

Larry Meinert (CV data), Zhaoshan Chang (CV data)

Skarn deposits such as Antamina and Ertsberg are some of the largest ore deposits in the world but can be complicated in the field.

This one-day workshop is designed to help explorers understand skarn deposits with common sense exploration concepts and easy-to-apply mineralogical guides. We will clarify the basic concepts and terminology, explain the current understanding of skarn-forming processes, and summarize the general characteristics of major skarn types. The focus will be on the zonation patterns in skarns that are useful in exploration, with a discussion of how the zonation pattern varies in different environments.
The workshop will cover the following topics: (1) Introduction, definition and mineralogy; (2) Classification and terminology; (3) Skarn-forming processes and evolutionary stages; (4) General characteristics of major skarn types (Au, Cu, W, Sn, Pb-Zn, Fe, Mo, and others); (5) Zonation in skarn systems; (6) Factors affecting the formation of skarns and zonation patterns; and (7) Skarn exploration techniques.

Regular attendee: US$ 200
IAGOD member: US$ 150
Student with University ID: US$ 100


Opening of Short Courses Registration payment: February 15th, 2018

Cancelation policy: Short Courses will be cancelled if there are less than 10 attendees and payments will be refunded

Cancelation deadline: June 30st, 2018

Pre- and Post-Symposium Field Trips


Visitors to the mines in all field trips (Argentina, Bolivia and Chile), could suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness and/or worsen pre-existing medical conditions due to altitude hypoxia. The mines are at an altitude up to 12,000 -14,000 feet (4,500 meters) with 35% Oxygen depletion. For this reason a MEDICAL CERTIFICAТЕ FOR VISITORS TO HIGH ALTITUDE MINES (download form), signed by a Physician is required. All participants have to download the corresponding Form to be completed and duly signed. The table at the end of the Medical Certificate Form is for assessment on-site.

In addition, a RELEASE AND INDEMNITY FORM (download form), which is also downloadable, is required. We need all participants to fill the information and sign.

Finally, all participants have to bring a LIFE INSURANCE CERTIFICATE for at least US$ 50,000.

Scanned copies of these documents have to be sent to as soon as possible and the originals have to be presented before the trip leaders upon arrival to the starting point place of your selected trip or to the IAGOD Symposium Secretariat at the Conference venue in Salta city, Argentina.

Remember that for international field trips a visa, other than the Argentine one, may be required (Chile, Bolivia) that cannot be obtained in situ.

The rich mining history of this part of America that began with the extraction of Ag from 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 salts 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

Please make your own travel arragements to get to Calama, Chile, arriving there by evening 22nd August 2018 and book your accomodation for that night. Details of the starting point of the trip will be provided in the next future to participants. Visits may suffer changes due to weather conditions or circumstances related to mining operations.

FT1: WEALTH IN THE ANDES: COPPER AND IRON – 23 to 27 August 2018 (sold out)

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

Prices: US$ 1400

Post-Symposium field trips

All of post-symposium field trips start and end in Salta. Visits may suffer changes due to weather conditions or circumstances related to mining operations.

FT2: LAND OF INCA ROSE: FARALLÓN NEGRO DISTRICT – 1 to 4 September 2018 (sold out)

Summary: Visit the world-class mineral deposit Bajo de la Alumbrera (porphyry Cu-Au; 700 Mt) or Agua Rica (porphyry Cu-Au-Mo; 900 Mt), 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 we will enjoy old towns like Cafayate, Santa María and Andalgalá.

Duration: 4 days

Prices: US$ 1000

FT3: LI-RICH SALT LAKES AND BORATES IN THE ARGENTINE PUNA – 1 to 3 September 2018 (sold out)

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

Prices: US$ 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

Prices: US$ 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 word known Royal Mint and the Uyuni world largest salt lake.

Duration: 5 days

Prices: US$ 1600

Sponsorship and Exhibition

The IAGOD was established in September 1963 with the objective of promoting international co-operation in the study of the genesis of ore deposits and furthering the growth of knowledge in this field. IAGOD is a member of IUGS. These tasks are achieved in several ways. This Quadrennial International Symposium is the most important one. The 15th IAGOD Symposium, with the theme “Ore Deposits: providing resources for present and future generations”, covers all aspects of currently hot topics in economic geology that will lead to an enhanced understanding of the genesis of mineral deposits and important practical issues of improved exploration concepts and discoveries in economic geology.

It is worth highlighting that this is the first time for Argentina to host such important meeting.

We expect a mix of industry, government, and academia, with a strong student component, attending the Quadrennial Symposium. This four days symposium will be supplemented by field trips, workshops, and short courses. The Symposium will provide a great opportunity to promote mining companies through sponsorship and participation as exhibitors.

Join us, to reach for the peak of the understanding of ore deposits and the concepts of exploration, having a chance to reach a broad international audience through this Symposium.
Sponsors have the opportunity to have their sponsorship promoted in various ways:


The province’s current hotel capacity is 19.000 beds. This includes 4 and 5 star hotels as well as boutique hotels. Besides, Salta as four venue auditoriums and 110 conference rooms, prepared to accommodate meetings and conventions which call for different magnitude and technology. For hotel reservations please contact directly the selected hotels or use any of the hotel booking websites.


If you are interested in hiring a tour you may contact any of the following Travel Agencies,

members of the Salta Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Agencia del Peregrino

Phone +54 387 4229440

Tastil Viajes

Phone +54 387 4311223

UMA Travel

Phone +54 387 4228317