About SGA

SGA is an international scientific society that promotes the science related to mineral deposits including their origin, characteristics, exploration and the environment. Its worldwide membership of more than 1300 includes researchers, professionals and students from university, industry and government organisations interested in economic geology, mineral resources, industrial minerals, and environmental and social aspects related to mineral deposits. Its publication Mineralium Deposita is recognised as a premier international scientific journal. In addition to biennial scientific meetings, the SGA organises international short courses, workshops and field trips, and supports student chapters.

The SGA was founded in 1965 in Heidelberg and incorporated in Switzerland in 1971.

The objectives of the SGA are:

  • To advance the application of scientific knowledge in the study and the development of mineral resources and their environment,
  • To promote the profession of geology in science and industry,
  • To cultivate personal contacts for mutually beneficial relationships,
  • To protect and improve professional and ethical standards among its members.

Previous SGA meetings

  • 15th SGA Biennial Meeting (Glasgow, Scotland, U.K., 2019)
  • 14th SGA Biennial Meeting “Mineral resource to discover” (Quebec City, Canada, 2017)
  • 13th SGA Biennial Meeting "Mineral resources in a sustainable world" (Nancy, France, 2015)
  • 12th SGA Biennial Meeting "Mineral deposits research for a high-tech world" (Uppsala, Sweden, 2013)
  • 11th SGA Biennial Meeting "Let´s talk ore deposits" (Antofagasta, Chile, 2011)
  • 10th SGA Biennial Meeting "Smart science for exploration and mining" (Townsville, Australia, 2009)
  • 9th SGA Biennial Meeting "Mineral exploration and research: Digging deeper" (Dublin, Ireland, 2007)
  • 8th SGA Biennial Meeting (Beijing, China, 2005)
  • 7th SGA Biennial Meeting (Athens, Greece, 2003)
  • 6th SGA Biennial – SEG Meeting (Cracow, Poland, 2001)
  • 5th SGA Biennial – IAGOD Meeting (London, U.K., 1999)
  • 4th SGA Biennial Meeting (Turku, Finland, 1997)
  • 3rd SGA Biennial Meeting (Prague, Czech Republic, 1995)
  • 2nd SGA Biennial Meeting (Granada, Spain, 1993)
  • 1st SGA Biennial Meeting (Nancy, France, 1991)

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