We regret to advise that due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, and the extensive associated Australian and international government travel restrictions, Geoconferences’ Target 2020 conference, in conjunction with the 6th International Archean Symposium (6IAS), will be postponed until 2021. The postponement of the conference and the symposium is planned for a minimum period of 12 months. The exact dates will be published in the coming weeks, once the global community has a greater handle on the full effects of COVID-19.

We are currently monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus disease and are following guidance from the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.

Given the postponement of Target 2020, we will not be automatically reimbursing delegates. However, if you wish to cancel your registration to Target 2020, please contact the Geoconference Secretariat, Jocelyn, at to organise reimbursement.

At this stage, we ask authors to resubmit their abstracts for the 2021 conference should they still wish to attend. Key dates for abstract submission will be announced in the coming weeks, pending global announcements and subsequent decisions by the Target 2020 Organising Committee.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and trust that you will understand that, through this postponement, we are trying to ensure maximum participation to this event.

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 20 July 2021 in Perth, Western Australia following the 6IAS.

After the great success of Target 2017, Geoconferences is organising Target 2020 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 2021.