About the SGA

The Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) is an international scientific  society that promotes the science of mineral deposits geology. Its worldwide membership of over 1300 is composed of researchers, professionals and students from university, industry and government interested in economic geology, mineral resources, industrial minerals and environmental aspects related to mineral deposits. Its publication, Mineralium Deposita, is recognized as a premier international scientific journal on mineral deposits geology. In addition to biennial scientific meetings, the SGA organizes international short courses and workshops and publishes proceedings. The SGA also 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.


  • 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)

  • 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)

Previous SGA meetings