Targeting for a New Era of Discovery

The Target 2020 Organising Committee are pleased to announce the upcoming Target 2020 conference, Targeting for a New Era of Discovery. The Target 2020 conference will be held at the University Club at The University of Western Australia on 17 July 2020 in Perth, Western Australia following the 6IAS.

After the great success of Target 2017, Geoconferences is organizing Target 2020 in collaborationwith the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) to showcase innovations developed to aid the discovery of new tier-one deposits and broaden the exploration search space under cover. Target 2020 will focus on all aspects of mineral exploration and provide a unique opportunity to workshop solutions to the mineral industry challenges that lie ahead.

We expect more than 250 attendees from both the Australian and international mineral exploration community, including executives, exploration professionals, researchers and university students. The technical program will consist of a plenary format and multiple poster sessions, impacting multi-commodity exploration from the regional greenfield scale through to camp scale.

The program will highlight:

(i)           Key research outcomes that impact our understanding of Mineral Systems and the derived exploration strategies

  1. Putting time and dynamics into improved Mineral Systems prediction (Cam McCuaig)
  2. Deposit periodicity and clustering (Nick Hayward)
  3. Isotopes, trace elements, and productive Mineral Systems (Crystal Laflamme)
  4. Large-scale crustal architecture as a first-order control on Mineral Systems (David Mole)
  5. The whole-lithosphere Mineral System context (Karol Czarnota)
  6. Upper crustal spatial organisation within ore systems: A new prediction power (Tim Craske, Bruce Hobbs, Alison Ord)

(ii)          Data integration, interpretation and key exploration targeting inputs

  1. Hydrothermal alteration in space & time (Heidi Pass)
  2. Mapping Trans-Lithospheric Faults using integrated geophysics (Ruth Murdie)
  3. Multi-scale application of magnetotellurics (Kate Robertson)
  4. The new generation of pre-competitive data (Paul Duuring)

(iii)         Improved targeting strategies and methodologies

  1. Putting geochemistry to work (Paul Agnew)
  2. The way forward for Prospectivity Mapping (Jon Hronsky and Oliver Kreuzer)
  3. 3D prospectivity and machine learning (Becky Montsion)
  4. Drilling with a dynamic targeting feedback loop (Michelle Carey)
  5. The Gruyere Discovery Case Study – out of the box (Clayton Davies)


We look forward to welcoming you to Target 2020 and together shaping tomorrow’s exploration strategies for the future sustainability of our industry.

Abstract Submission

The Target 2020 Organising Committee welcomes authors to submit abstracts for Poster Presentations only. Poster sessions will be held throughout the day. Authors of the six most outstanding abstracts will be invited to participate in 2-minute rapid-fire summary talks.  Abstract submission is now open through the 6IAS webpage at here.


Registration has now opened through the 6IAS webpage.


Please register soon, to benefit from the early bird price that will end on  1st May 2020.