15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits 27 - 30 August, 2019


“Life with Ore Deposits on Earth”

University of Glasgow

Join our mailing list for the latest updates, news & more.

Keep Me Informed

March 11th 2019: student grant applications close

March 18th 2019: Abstract submission closes 

May 15th 2019: Abstract and student grant acceptance notified

May 15th 2019: Early Bird & Field Trip registration closes

May 21st 2019: Field Trip confirmation required

June 17th 2019: Short Course registration closes

Key Dates

The SGA, the Local Organising Committee, The Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow, Eva Bolander, and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, extend the warmest invitation to you to come to The University of Glasgow for the SGA’s 15th Biennial Meeting, 27-30 August, 2019.

From tin and tungsten in the SW, through the base-metals, fluorite and barite of Pennine Ore field, through the coal and iron deposits which fed the Industrial Revolution, the UK hosts an extraordinary legacy of mineral deposit mining, extending back many centuries. Indeed, Ore Deposit science was central to the birth of the world’s first ever national geological survey - now called the British Geological Survey. Our rich mineral history continues to be written today, with, for example, the Cononish Gold producing its first gold in 2016. Allied to these rich resources, the UK has a strong and long-established international profile in Mineral Deposit research, hosting several vibrant centres of excellence, many of whom have just begun work on the UK’s largest ever Mineral Deposit research programme: the £15M initiative on E–tech elements – NERC’s Security of Supply of Mineral Deposits (SoS Minerals). Far from looking inwards, our community embraces international collaboration, and relishes the opportunity to bring one of the world’s most prestigious Mineral Deposit research meeting to the UK, and Glasgow, in particular.


The meeting will be held on the campus of The University of Glasgow, one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1451. Its stunning campus is centred on a landmark neo-Gothic Main Building, and boasts over 100 listed buildings as well as modern teaching and research facilities. For over 560 years Glasgow has established creative and vibrant partnerships with communities, colleagues and students across the world, now with students from over 140 countries, and campuses across the globe. Its iconic researchers have always been at the forefront of innovation, including:

  • James Watt gave power to the industrial revolution.

  • Adam Smith laid the foundations of modern economics.

  • William Rankine gave us the complete theory of all heat engines.

  • Joseph Lister gave us antiseptic in surgery.

  • Frederick Soddy discovered isotopes and reconciled radioactive decay with the periodic table.

  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered radio pulsars.

  • Ian Donald showed us the first ultrasound image of a foetus.



With a wealth of cultural attractions, impressive architecture, fantastic shopping and a year-round programme of world-class events, it is easy to understand why Glasgow is firmly established as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. As the UK’s fourth-largest city and one of the world’s top student destinations, Glasgow has loads to offer you. The City regularly hosts some of the world’s leading medical and scientific association conferences and has long experience in hosting congresses similar to our SGA. Glasgow was also host to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 - one of the largest sporting events in the world.



Professor Adrian Boyce (Lead Organiser)

Dr Ian Butler, Edinburgh University

Dr Gawen Jenkin, Leicester University

Dr Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey

Professor Richard Herrington, Natural History Museum

Professor Frances Wall, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter

Dr Jon Naden, BGS, Chair Mineral Deposits Studies Group of Geological Society and Head of Science, SoS Minerals

Dr Iain MacDonald, Cardiff University

Dr Dan Smith, Leicester University

Dr Frances Cooper, Bristol University

Dr Jamie Wilkinson, NHM/Imperial College

Dr Julian Menuge, University of Dublin

Dr Martin Smith, Brighton University

Student Member - to be advised (sponsored by MDSG)

SGA Liaison Officer to LOC – Dr. David Banks, University of Leeds

Dr Jonathan Cloutier, University of St. Andrews

Dr David Holwell, University of Leicester

Mr Garth Earls, University College Cork

Dr Neil Burnside, University of Glasgow
Dr Lydia Hallis, University of Glasgow
Dr John Faithful, Hunterian Museum