Geologists "Discovering Ancient to Modern Earth" at Laurentian University Conference

500+ Participating in International Event

(May 2, 2023 - Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) —Laurentian University’s Harquail School of Earth Sciences will host the Annual Meeting of the Geological Association of Canada, Mineralogical Association of Canada, and the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (GAC-MAC-SGA) from May 23-31.

More than 500 geologists from across the globe will participate in three days of scientific presentations and six days of field trips and workshops, including symposia on Critical Minerals and Sudbury Geology, and special sessions on Environmental Aspects of Mine Wastes, Geoscience Communication, and a wide range of other geoscientific topics. The Program also includes Special Events on Indigenous Relations, Women in the Geosciences, and the Arctic, the former two of which are open to the public and take place on Friday, May 26. Delivered in hybrid format with both on-site and virtual components, conference abstracts, talks, and posters will be given in English or French. 

Delegates from more than 13 countries, including Australia, South Africa, Portugal, England, China, and Norway, are registered. Participants include leading academics, geoscience students, as well as government and industry representatives.

The theme of the meeting is Discovering Ancient to Modern Earth. “Laurentian University, and Sudbury, are ideal hosts for this year’s meeting,” said Michael Lesher, Chair of the Conference’s Local Organizing Committee. “The city is located within one of the world’s largest and best-preserved meteorite impact craters, is the world’s largest nickel-copper-platinum exploration-mining-service cluster, and is in close proximity to a wide range of interesting geology and some of Canada’s richest and most prolific gold belts. Laurentian University and its Harquail School of Earth Sciences are global leaders in geoscience research and education, and we are proud to welcome visitors from around the world to engage with us through this conference and its programming.” 

For more, visit the conference website or email



Laurentian University serves over 8,000 students on its campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in Ontario. Committed to its bilingual, tri-cultural mandate, Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education.

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University offers some of North America's most comprehensive field- and laboratory-based Earth Science research, undergraduate and graduate programs. Located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on the rim of one of the world's oldest, largest, and best-exposed meteorite impact sites, we have a setting for field-based teaching and research that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. 

The Geological Association of Canada (GAC®) is a national multi-disciplinary geoscience organization with representatives in all Canadian Territories and Provinces as well as the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. The GAC® makes significant contributions to the promotion and development of the geological sciences in Canada through publications, awards, conferences, meetings and exhibitions.

The Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) was formed in 1955 as a non-profit scientific organization to promote and advance the knowledge of mineralogy and the allied disciplines of crystallography, petrology, geochemistry and mineral deposits.

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.

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