14th International Nickel-Copper-PGE Symposium

Eagle Mine Overhead shotInternational Nickel-Copper-PGE Symposium
Marquette, Michigan (United States)  |  July 28 - 30, 2020

The next international Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium will be held in Marquette, Michigan, on the shore of Lake Superior in the Midcontinent Rift System and near the Eagle-East Eagle Ni-Cu-PGE deposit.

Registration Information

Abstract Submission Deadline
The abstract submission deadline is February 1, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted in GSA-style to Dr. Chusi Li at cli@indiana.edu. Full abstract submission instructions can be found here. Please note: Full length papers based on the conference proceedings will also be published in a special issue of Economic Geology.

Early Registration Deadline
Registration instructions will be shared when they become available (projected end of April, 2020). 

Symposium Schedule14th International Nickel-Copper-PGE Symposium

Monday, July 27: Registration and Ice Breaker at Presque Isle Park
Tuesday, July 28 through Thursday, July 30: Conference presentations at Northern Michigan University

Keynote Speakers 

Keynote Speakers at 2020 Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium include: 

Mike Lesher Laurentian University
Dave Holwell University of Leicester
Steve Beresford Independence Group, AU
Christina Yan Wang Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xieyan Song Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jim Miller  University of Minnesota, Duluth

Conference Field Trips

July 25 - 26: Nickel deposits and prospects along the southern margin of the Midcontinent Rift
A multiday trip to examine the magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits and prospects located south of the Midcontinent Rift and likely related to the early evolution of the Rift and likely related to the early evolution of the Rift. The field trip will include visits and review of drill core from the Eagle, East Eagle mine and the BIC prospect and stops to look at the potentially related mafic dyke swarms and mafic volcanics. The trip will start and end in Marquette, Michigan. 

Dates to be announced: Nickel deposits and prospects along the northern margin of the Midcontinent Rift
A multiday trip tp examine the magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits and prospects located north of the Midcontinent Rift. The field trip will likely include visits and review of drill core from the Tamarack, Duluth Complex deposits, Crystal Lake and other Thunder Bay area Cu-Ni-PGE prospects. The trip will also include stops to examine potentially related volcanics and intrusions exposed along the north margin of the Rift. The trip will start in Marquette, Michigan and end in Thunder Bay, Ontario but there will likely be an option to return to Marquette. 

Conference Themes

  • New developments in Ni-Cu-PGE systems
  • Conduit-related mineralization
  • Physical processes of sulfide liquid transport, magma dynamics, element mobility
  • Geochronology of intrusion emplacement and ore systems
  • Midcontinent Rift mineralization 
  • Arc-related intrusions and mineralization
  • New discoveries and exploration techniques 
  • Sedimentary and hydrothermal-related deposits
  • Chromite, iron oxides and apatite

Visiting Marquette

Marquette Visitors Bureau
Whether you're familiar with the Marquette area or visiting for the first time, learn more about dining options, outdoor activities, historic sites and local events at Marquette's Visitors Bureau, Travel Marquette

Lodging in Marquette 
The Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium has reserved blocks of rooms at two local hotels: The Ramada and the Holiday Inn.

The Ramada: Located in the heart of downtown Marquette and within walking distance of Lake Superior, eateries, pubs and shops. Features a fitness center, business center, pool side rooms, with each room having a microwave, refrigerator & coffee maker. Full service dining room with outstanding entrees, a lounge with nightly drink specials. Contact (906) 228 - 6000 using the block code "CGINCP". 

The Holiday Inn: The Holiday Inn recently completed a $10 million renovation, featuring 4 beautiful suite types, 6 meeting rooms, fitness center and beautiful dining room serving both breakfast and dinner. Contact (906) 225 - 1351 using the block code "CGINCP". 

Conference organizers include Ed Ripley (Indiana University), Chusi Li (Indiana university), Dean Rossell (Rio Tinto), Joyashish Thakurta (Western Michigan University) and Robert Regis (Northern Michigan University).