Pre-conference short courses

All Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM 2023) short courses have already been selected. Short courses organized under the FEM brand will be organized by the FEM organization, not by a third party. Topics and lecturers are by invitation only.

 

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Analytical methods in geology

Dates: Monday 30 at 15:00 – 18:00 and Tuesday 31 October at 08:30 – 16:30
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi

Goal of the course: This course aims to summarise the main analytical techniques that are available for geological applications, with a focus on exploration and mining. The range of technologies available today can be overwhelming, but this course will summarise (in easy to understand case studies) the key aspects and applications.  Delegates will be introduced to the modern approach which allows for a multi-scale (nanometre to metre), multi-dimensional (2D, 3D, 4D) and multi-modal (optical, e-beam, X-ray, laser beam and ion beam) analytical workflow to be implemented.

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Who should attend: Geologists with a keen interest in geoanalysis; exploration managers that need to make decisions regarding which techniques are best for different phases of activity;  mining engineers who have never been exposed to the latest technologies for mining applications, such geometallurgy.

Course requirements for participants: No specific requirement, other than an interest in commercially-important minerals, their textures, compositions, and how good observations and analysis can make a difference to exploration & mining projects.

Short course registration fee per person is

  • till 4 September 2023: 400 €
  • from 5 September 2023: 500 €

Registration fee includes course programme and materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments during breaks.

Alan R Butcher, Professor of Geomaterials & Applied Mineralogy, Geological Survey of Finland

ALAN R BUTCHER

Professor of Geomaterials & Applied Mineralogy, Geological Survey of Finland

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Alan has over 40 years’ experience in the use and development of geoanalytical technologies. His specialism is in the development of workflows that allow geologists to image and analyse minerals, ores and rock textures at variable scales, with different modalities, and in different dimensions (2D, 3D and 4D). This novel approach allows all of the key materials at our disposal (drill cores, drill chips, thick & thin sections, polished blocks) to be evaluated for ore characterisation, mineral liberation and elemental deportment, all of which reduce risk and increase the likelihood of success in exploration & mining.

Quentin Dehaine, PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

QUENTIN DEHAINE

PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

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Quentin is a senior researcher at the Geological Survey of Finland where he has been leading several national and EU research and innovation projects on ore geology, mineral processing, traceability and geometallurgy of battery minerals (Cobalt, Lithium) and critical raw materials (CRMs) such as Rare Earths Elements (REEs). After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France), he worked as a postdoc researcher at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (UK) working on the geometallurgy of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2019, Quentin joined the GTK with the objective of developing innovative integrated approaches to support mine value chain optimisation, responsible sourcing, reducing technical risk, maximising resource efficiency and minimising environmental impacts. Quentin is also the officer for Scandinavia within the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)   Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG).

Krisztian Szentpeteri, PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

KRISZTIAN SZENTPETERI

PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

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Krisztian is a senior Ore Geology researcher at the Geological Survey of Finland where he has been working in several projects related to mineral exploration potential mapping and modelling, utilizing Mineral Systems approach and new exploration methodology developments by using field portable and laboratory-based analytical technologies, in the field of Critical and Battery Metals. Prior to joining GTK he has worked in the exploration and mining industry for 20 years in 12 countries with various commodities and from target generation to resource.

The hyperspectral mineralogy and applications across the value chain

Dates: Monday 30 at 15:00 – 18:00 and Tuesday 31 October at 08:30 – 16:30
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi

Goal of the course: Spectral reflectance can provide accurate mineralogical identification and mineral chemistry information that can be used to inform exploration and mining programs. This workshop will cover the fundamentals and applications of reflectance spectroscopy from the visible (350 nm) to the thermal infrared (15,000 nm). It will focus on integration with other geological datasets (e.g., geology, geochemistry) to produce integrated parameters related to alteration and mineralizing processes. The applications of new technologies will be reviewed through case studies and hands-on exercises using real world data. The course is aimed at industry, academics and students interested in the applications of spectral reflectance across the minerals value chain.

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Program will include: Introduction to Spectral Mineralogy and Applications Across the Value Chain, TIR reflectance spectroscopy for mineral exploration and mining of critical metals deposits, Use of hyperspectral data for predictive modelling + several case studies.

Who should attend: The course is suitable for beginners as a general overview for what can be achieved using hyperspectral data. More experienced participants will gain information regarding hyperspectral data processing and interpretation workflows from several case studies and are also welcome to bring their own data for consultation.

Course requirements for participants: Participants are required to bring their own laptop. Laptop should be capable of handling TSG (the spectral geologist) software installation if the participant wants to do so (https://research.csiro.au/thespectralgeologist/support/installation-guide/). Links to download workshop notes and data will be provided before the workshop.

Short course registration fee per person is

  • till 4 September 2023: 450 €
  • from 5 September 2023: 550 €

Registration fee includes course programme and materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments during breaks.

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, PhD, Head of Marine Geology Resources and Extreme Environments research group at the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME-CSIC)

HETA LAMPINEN

PhD, Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

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Dr Heta Lampinen is a Research Scientist with a versatile geology background including economic geology, nuclear waste geological disposal and geotechnical structural geology. Heta works with a wide range of hyperspectral, geological, geochemical and geophysical survey data to facilitate mineral mapping across multiple scales on the surface and subsurface. Heta’s technical skills include operating hyperspectral core and field sensors, hyperspectral data processing and integration with complimentary geoscience data, and use of various microscopy techniques (optical, SEM, XRF, XRD) for linking broader alteration haloes to metal deposits. Heta is also skilled in processing hyperspectral airborne and satellite images (e.g. HyMap and PRISMA) and translating their content to mineral systems footprint targeting tools.

Jessica Stromberg, PhD, Research Scientist, CSIRO

JESSICA STROMBERG

PhD, Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

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Dr Jess Stromberg is a Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader of the Mineral Footprints team. She is a geoscientist with a background in ore deposit geochemistry, spectral techniques, and in the minerals industry. In the spectral sensing space, Jess works largely at the drill core scale with spectral mineralogy data from HyLogger and field-based spectrometers, and in knowledge transfer through delivery of workshops on the applications of hyperspectral mineralogy as a part of the AuScope NVCL.  Jess works across a range of applied research and technology development projects and is broadly interested in improving the workflows in which we collect and integrate spectral datasets from the X-ray to far-infrared.

The orogenic gold model (including commonalities and contrasts with occurrences in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt)

Dates: Monday 30 at 15:00 – 18:00 and Tuesday 31 October at 08:30 – 16:30
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi

Introduction: The Paleoproterozoic Fennoscandian Shield now represents one of the world’s most highly perspective target areas for the discovery of large orogenic gold deposits. Significant resources defined in recent decades in systems such as those at Suurikuusikko and Ikkari indicate that a world-class gold province, historically concealed below a widespread cover of till, will continue to evolve with inevitable future discoveries.

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Goal of the course: The course will provide a comprehensive and world-wide overview of all aspects of the geology of orogenic gold deposits, as well as key features required in their exploration. Details regarding the geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, alteration, structure, tectonics, and exploration approaches will be covered for this type of gold deposit which represents a major exploration target today especially in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt.

Who should attend: This short course is for geoscientists of any experience level and who want to improve their understanding about the geology and genesis of orogenic gold deposits in metamorphic terranes.

Course requirements for participants: Presented materials will be available on-line a few days prior to the course for those attendees who want to follow along and take notes on their laptops during the event.

Short course registration fee per person is

  • till 4 September 2023: 400 €
  • from 5 September 2023: 500 €

Registration fee includes course programme and materials, lunch on Tuesday and refreshments during breaks.

Rich Goldfarb, FireFox Gold Corp.

RICH GOLDFARB

Research professor, Colorado School of Mines, FireFox Gold Corp., USA

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Richard J. Goldfarb received his BSc in geology from Bucknell U., MSc in hydrogeology at University of Nevada-MacKay School of Mines, and his PhD in geology at the University of Colorado.  He was a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey for 36 years where his studies focused on global metallogeny, geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera with emphasis on orogenic gold, lode gold deposits in China, and geochemical applications to the understanding of ore genesis.  He is a past-president of the SEG and past chief editor of Mineralium Deposita.  He was awarded the Silver Medal by SEG in 2011 and the SEG Penrose Gold Medal in 2023, Kutina-Smirnov Medal by IAGOD in 2014, and the Gold Medal by SGA in 2022 for his various contributions to economic geology.  Presently, Rich is a research professor at Colorado School of Mines, serves as a technical advisor to Firefox Gold Corp., and is an independent consultant to the exploration and mining industry.

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