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Exploration Geochemistry Boot Camp

10th January 2019 - 9th July 2019


EFG Endorsement Programme

The Geochemistry Boot Camp will comprise:

-Part 1: Geochemical Interpretation Tools for Exploration and Mining Geologists: Examples from SE Ireland, Finland and sub-Saharan Africa – 10th -11th January 2019

The motivation for this event stems from the long decline in exploration geochemistry practitioners, and along with a worldwide lack of relevant university courses covering this essential area, the idea of an all-encompassing (European) Exploration Geochemistry Boot Camp has been created. This event will provide participants with practical insights into exploration geology and the role of geochemistry in mineral exploration. Participants will not only learn how to work with and interpret geochemical data, but also gain invaluable experience in hands-on aspects of survey planning, organisation and management. The application of industry-leading software packages (ioGAS, GIS) along with practical field skills will therefore equip participants with best practice workflows and a holistic view of mineral exploration campaigns.


-1. Provide an introduction to geochemical exploration methods, analytical and interpretation skills as well as a general overview of early and advanced stage mineral exploration workflows

-2. The participant will be able to gather original and other complex data from a variety of sources (fieldwork, library, internet and others), analyse and synthesise the data, and make reasonable deductions; and, have the ability to utilise a full range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner

-3. The participant will be able to handle data used in mining and exploration to generate information for geological and general management


• Standard rate: 500,- €
• GSL fellows: 440,- €
• EurGeol title holders: 390,- €
• Students: 50,- €
-Part 2: Field Workshop in the Central Vosges Mountains, NE France (6 days) – 1-6 July 2019 (TBC)

Event date: 1-6 July 2019

Event location: Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France.

The workshop aims to solidify theoretical knowledge of exploration geochemistry obtained from working in industry, previous knowledge and/ or the Freiberg short course held in January 2019. The course runs over six days and will be based near Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Central Vosges Mountains, NE France. The study area is famous for Medieval base metal mining and has recently been recognised to potentially host Li-Cs-Ta and W deposits (Steiner, 2019).

What will you gain from attending?

  • A greater understanding of operational aspects of mineral exploration campaigns, logistics and planning
  • An appreciation of the ‘in’s’ and ‘out’s’ of geochemical surveys from initial planning and orientation studies to sample analysis and interpretation
  • Practical skills in best practice GIS and sampling workflows
  • Insight into the roles and responsibilities of field technicians, geologists, project and exploration managers
  • A unique chance to work with colleagues from all across Europe and the possibility to network

Industry geologists and students, who are looking into learning more about or improving their practical exploration skills, are welcome to attend the workshop. You will receive a certificate of attendance which can be used for maintaining your professional CPD.

Registration fees:

  • Standard rate:             € 1,500.-
  • GSL fellows:               € 1,400.-
  • EurGeol title holders: € 1,350.-
  • Freiberg students:      €   400.-
  • External students:       €    350.-


10th January 2019
9th July 2019
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Camborne School of Mines, UK, & XPLORE GLOBAL Ltd.


Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France
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