The fifth decennial International Conference on Mineral Exploration, planned for September 9 to 12 in Toronto, will showcase the current state of exploration technology to a global audience. As many as 1,000 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the four day event.
The first conference in the series was held in 1967, so this will be the 50th anniversary of these meetings, said Ken Witherly, a member of the organizing committee.
Seventy world leaders in geophysics, geochemistry, remote sensing and data integration have been invited to present papers outlining the major advances in their disciplines. There will also be a series of technical workshops before and after the conference, a trade show, visits to nearby instrument manufacturers and geoscience laboratories, a poster program and a 3D visualization theatre available for presentations.
Expressions of interest in the poster program can be communicated to the organizing committee through the Exploration07 web site by the middle
"The rate at which significant mineral discoveries are being made has been declining, so the mining industry will depend more and more on better technology,” said Witherly, who works for Condor Resources in Denver, Colorado.
“Without technology, we don’t have airplanes to fly and we don’t have power to light our homes. Exploration technology plays a similar role. It facilitates our ability to explore and understand what’s in the Earth.”
Most of the speakers will be from Canada, the U.S. and Australia – “because that’s where most of the expertise is in exploration geology,” said Witherly. Delegates are expected to come from as many as 60 countries.
Conference organizers will begin accepting registrations this month.