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Students in Mining 2016

Held on: 20th January 2016
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The SEG Students into Mining symposium, now an annual event, was held at the Royal School of Mines and was again a great success.The day was designed to introduce students from within the RSM as well as an array of visiting students from across the country to the career prospects in the industry of economic geology.

The day gave an insight into the full mining cycle, from direct geological employment through to consulting, engineering and finance. Presentations were made by Hannam and Partners (Mining Finance), SRK (Mining and Environmental Consultancy), CRU (Commodity research), Wardell Armstrong (Mining due diligence), Grinding Solutions (Minerals Processing), Natural History Museum London (Academia).

The event was followed by a well received informal networking event held within the RSM.

After such a successful event, planning is underway for the Students into Mining Symposium in 2017.

The committee would like to thank the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College for their generous support of this event and the student chapter as a whole.

Eastern Europe Field Course 2015

Held on: 4th - 21st July 2015
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The study of ore deposits in the field is essential for the understanding of their formation. Furthermore, the sharing of knowledge between students and professional geologists is particularly important for both the education of future geologists, and also keeping professionals up to date with recent scientific advancements in economic geology. With this in mind, our Chapter organised a 16-day field trip to Eastern Europe, for both students and industry representatives, with the primary aim of studying the relationships between porphyry and epithermal regimes in three different mineral districts in Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.

The western segment of the Tethyan Magmatic Arc, extending through Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria is a world-class mining district hosting a wealth of large copper-gold ore deposits. Mining in the region dates back over 4000 years, and has provided an important role in the history of European civilisations right up until the present day. With recent political changes in Eastern Europe, the area has experienced renewed interest in exploration and offers potential for a significant increase in mineral production, particularly given a number of important recent discoveries.

The trip brought together 9 students in economic geology and 11 industry representatives. During the 16 day trip we visited more than 14 deposits of a variety of different scales and stages of development, focussed mainly on copper and gold systems. Mid-way through the trip, we also held a symposium at the Technical Faculty in Bor, in collaboration with the University of Belgrade. The symposium was a great success, bringing together economic geology students from the region, as well as a number of industry representatives working in the Timok area.

The trip was generously sponsored by SEG (Stuart R. Wallace Grant), Mayer Brown, Amira International, CERCAMS (donated guidebooks), MinSouth, and also through industry attendees from the following companies: CRU Consulting, FQM, Rio Tinto, Newmont Mining, FWS Consultants and Mundoro Capital. This trip would not have been possible without the generosity of financial sponsors for which we are very grateful.

For further details please see the trip report and trip map below.


Derbyshire Field Trip

Held on: 8th – 10th March 2015
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We held a short UK field visit to Eyam, Derbyshire to examine the British Fluorspar above and below ground operations. The trip was designed to allow younger undergraduate students at the RSM an insight and access to active mine operations. For many this was the first opportunity to have access to underground operations.

We visited the historic Temple mine in Matlock and Ecton Hill mine alongside the British Fluorspar operation. The trip ran thanks to the insight of Harvey Allen and James Lawrence of British Flurospar and Peter Kennet of Ecton Hill.

Students in Mining 2015

Held on: 28th January 2015
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The SEG Students into Mining symposium, now an annual event, was held at the Royal School of Mines and was again a great success.The day was designed to introduce students from within the RSM as well as an array of visiting students from across the country to the career prospects in the industry of economic geology.

The day gave an insight into the full mining cycle, from direct geological employment through to consulting, engineering and finance. Presentations were made by Anglo American, Rio Tinto, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Wardell Armstrong, SRK and CRU.

The event was followed by a well received informal networking event held within the RSM.

After such a successful event, planning is underway for the Students into Mining Symposium in 2016.

The committee would like to thank the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College for their generous support of this event and the student chapter as a whole.

South Australia IOCG Systems

Paul Heithersay

Held on: 1st December 2014
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International Exchange Lecturer Paul Heithersay gave a lecture at Imperial College on 1st December 2014. His talk focused on South Australian IOCG Mineral Systems, including recent discoveries and new insights in the Gawler Craton. Paul Heithersay was appointeed to the position of Chief Executive of the Olympic Dam Task Force in December 2010 and also holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive, Resources and Energy.

South Africa Field Course 2014

Held on: 15-27th June 2014
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Every ore deposit is a unique natural anomaly. Studying the field characteristics of deposits is essential for understanding ore forming processes and for the education of geologists. Sharing this knowledge and understanding is equally important. We addressed both these core aims by holding a one day symposium, followed by an 11 day field course in one of the classic mineral districts of the world: South Africa. This was the most ambitious trip ever arranged by a student chapter in Europe.

The trip was organised by Simon Kocher, Adam Pacey and Jacob Longridge. Focused on the world class South African deposits, it brought together 8 students and 6 industry representatives from across the world to broaden their knowledge, experience and expertise. We visited 9 operations of vastly different scales, stages of development and commodity types, as well as several classic field localities and an enjoyable weekend safari; in total covering some 2,400 km.

Similar to the SEGF Student Field Courses, students were able to partake in the trip at highly reduced cost, including free return flights from Europe. To achieve this we successfully raised just over £15,000 of funding, for which we would like to thank industry participants and the sponsor organisations for their generous donations. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the numerous companies, for kindly providing access to active operations, and of course to mine staff who were exceptionally welcoming, flexible and engaging. You all made the trip a success.

For further details please see the trip report and interactive trip map below.


Trip map

Click the blue pins for locality details and yellow pins for logistical information. To view the full version please click here.


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Anglo-African South Africa Trip in a larger map

Gold Exploration Seminar 2014

Held on: Feb. 18th 2014
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An afternoon that was designed to educate both students and industry representatives in the latest research concerning exploration for orogenic gold deposits. This event was comprised by two lectures led by Dr. Jean-Jacques Royer, looking at case studies of classic deposit areas to discuss the role of advanced statistical and deformation modelling in cutting edge exploration. The afternoon was well received by an even mix of student and industry geologists; PDF's of the presentations are available below.


Students into Mining 2014

Held on: Jan. 29th 2014
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This biennial event is organised by Imperial SEG to help students learn more about employment in the mining industry and the careers it supports. This year it was highly successful, with excellent industry presentations to an audience of over 140 students from across the UK and Europe giving a real buzz to the atmosphere.

The afternoon was started with a talk by Prof. Richard Herrington of the Natural History Museum who provided an overview of careers in industry and academia. Presentations were then given by industry representatives from Rio Tinto, AngloAmerican, Neftex, Mayer Brown, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SRK Consulting and Spectra-Map. All of these talks provided a fascinating insight into the mining industry, from direct geological employment through to consulting, academia, law and finance.

SIM 2014

The day concluded with a relaxed and highly successful networking reception, held in the spacious café of the Royal School of Mines that continued until late in the evening. Positive feedback was received from many attendees.

The Committee would like to thank Mayer Brown for their generous sponsorship of this event.


Some talks from the day are available to download below in PDF format:

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