Short Courses and Workshops

Short Courses or Workshop Information will be posted here:

For questions about the short courses or workshops please contact Deanne van Rooyen (

Pre-conference Short Courses and Workshops

  • SCW-A1 Metasomatic Iron and Alkali-Calcic Systems with IOCG and Associated Critical Mineral Deposits: Prospectivity of the Canadian Appalachian Orogen
    • This short course will i) introduce MIAC systems, their affiliated critical metal deposits and variations in metasomatic footprints, ii) provide an overview on the current knowledge of MIAC-affiliated deposits in the Canadian Appalachians, including evidence for their classification, alteration characteristics and linkages to current MIAC system models, and iii) exploration strategies (e.g. field tools, geochemical discriminations) and case studies for MIAC deposits in the Canadian Appalachians.
    • May14-15
    • Location: St. Marys University
    • Leaders: Erin Adlakha, Kevin Neyedley, Nicolas Piette-Lauziere, James Conliffe, Dawn Kellett, Louise Corriveau, Adrian Park, Daniel Kontak, Jean Francois Montreuil, Antonio Belperio
  • SCW-A2 Quantitative X-Ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy applied to mineral exploration and mineralogical studies
    • This workshop aims to provide insights into the application of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy as non-destructive, time- and cost-effective methods to optimize mineral exploration programs. Special attention will be given to identification and quantification of clay minerals. To this end, the workshop offers a combination of theoretical and practical training.
    • May 14
    • Location: Hampton Inn and Suites, Halifax
    • Leaders: Sheida Makvandi, Uwe Konig, Marie-Eve Provencher
  • SCW-A3 Technical writing workshop for students and early career researchers
    • This one day workshop for students and other emerging geoscience professionals will teach key elements of scientific/technical communication. Individual and group assignments and a presentation/technical report will be completed in laboratory sessions.
    • May 15, full day
    • Location: St. Marys University
    • Leader: Jacob Hanley

Post-conference Short Courses and Workshops

  • SCW-B1 Entrainment and transport of diamonds from depth: Physical and chemical evidence from mantle indicator minerals, diamonds and kimberlites.
    • This short course will cover recent scientific advancements in three areas: 1) use of indicator minerals for examination of thermochemical processes in diamond-bearing mantle lithosphere, 2) surface features on micro- and macro-diamonds as a tool for modelling of kimberlite pipes and processes occurring from lithospheric mantle to upper crust; 3) advanced analytical studies of mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic features of kimberlites to improve the understanding of their genesis, evolution and diamond potential.
    • May 19-20
    • Location: Dalhousie University
    • Leaders: Yana Fedortchouk, Herman Grutter Ingrid L. Chin, Andrea Giuliani
  • SCW-B2 QAQC Quality assessment methods in geochemical research, mineral exploration, and mining, with a focus on precious metal data
    • This short course presents both the theory behind geochemical data quality assessment methods for mineral exploration sampling and resource definition, and a clear and practical approach to the design, implementation, and assessment of such methods. Emphasis will be placed on the use of quality control data to reduce ambiguities that impede the interpretation of mineral exploration results, and to minimize uncertainties in resource estimation, both of which can be adapted to QAQC efforts applicable to geochemical research activities.
    • May 21
    • Location: VIRTUAL course delivered live online, 12pm – 9pm Atlantic time
    • Leader: Cliff Stanley

Dates to-be-determined Short Courses and Workshops

  • Fundamentals and Application of Hydrogeochemistry
  • Construction Dewatering: From field studies through to decommissioning
  • Critical Thinking in the Aquifer Test Interpretation
  • Cosmogenic isotopes for Late Cenozoic surface processes and mineral prospecting