PDAC - SEG Student Minerals Colloquium 2020

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 10:00am – 6:00pm

Cocktail reception from 3:00 - 6:00pm

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) South Building, Room 701


PDAC, the SEG Canada Foundation, the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, and the Goodman School of Mines in cooperation with Student Leaders from the Laurentian University and Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre SEG Student Chapters will host the Annual “Student Minerals Colloquium” on Tuesday, March 3rd in the Room 701 of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) South Building.  The Colloquium brings together geoscience students and industry professionals at the world's largest minerals and mining industry conference. The event will feature more than 100 poster presentations highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students across the world.

Attendance to the Student Minerals Colloquium is free. Food and beverages are provided during the cocktail reception. Registration is required for students who would like to present a poster at the event and participate in the competition. Please see registration details below. 


Industry Participation

The Student Minerals Colloquium (SMC) provides industry professionals with an unparalleled opportunity to support ongoing student (BSc. (Hons)., MSc., PhD.) research relating to the mining industry. By attending the SMC, industry professionals will gain useful insight into current projects being undertaken by students across the world. Research will cover a wide variety of topics, including gold deposits, base metal deposits, geophysics, environmental sustainability, experimental studies, and more.


Please contact the SMC planning commitee (smc@laurentian.ca) if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event or if you would like to join the judging panel. Attendance is free. Registration is not required. 



All students (BSc, MSc, PhD) working on projects with a link to mineral deposits (e.g. mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental, hydrogeology, etc.) are encouraged to participate by either registering a poster for the competition, or by attending the colloquium to support students research. Students working on projects with a link to mineral deposits will present their research to an audience of academics, students, and industry professionals in poster format. The event attracts hundreds of industry participants who are attending PDAC, and therefore provides the widest-possible exposure for current research. Posters will be judged by a panel of academics and industry professionals, and cash prizes will be awarded to winners in multiple categories.


All posters must be written in English, and accompanied by an abstract, which will be published on this webpage in a format that is citable. Instructions to submit abstracts are below, along with details on poster formatting. If you have further questions, please contact smc@laurentian.ca.


To participate in the colloquim with a poster and abstract, students are required to register and submit an abstract prior to January 12th, 2020 (midnight closing). Registration information and abstract guidelines are provided on the student registration page below.



We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Student Minerals Colloquium! 

Rebecca Montsion, Louise Rush
SMC Coordinators
SEG Student Chapter
Laurentian University

Sandra Christin Wind
SMC Coordinator
SEG Student Chapter
Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre

Contact us at smc@laurentian.ca