Active filters :
Discard Filter

New Zealand Minerals Forum: Call For Presenters and Papers

This is the official call for presenters and papers for the New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020.




About Minerals Forum 2020


Date: May 26-28, 2020

Venue: Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand

Minerals Forum 2020 will combine the AusIMM New Zealand Branch annual conference and the annual Minerals Forum conference and trade exhibition.

It provides one large conference for the mining and broader extractives industry in New Zealand.

The new larger conference format will cater for a technical stream and operations, leadership and regulatory streams, as well as full plenary sessions for all delegates and a pop-up theatre for small presentations in the exhibition hall.

In particular for the technical stream, we are calling for presenters,subjects and working titles.

The technical stream will cover the application of geoscience and environmental science in the New Zealand minerals industry.

There will be a dedicated separate investment and exploration forum with a technical focus as part of the conference. We are looking for releases of new technical data and results of latest exploration, mining and research in the sector to support the ongoing expansion and development of the minerals sector in New Zealand.

The government regulator and promoter of mineral investment, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, is a sponsor and participant in the event.

Content themes for Minerals Forum 2020

Main theme:

Mining’s role in a prosperous, low-emissions economy.


The conference programme aims to provide a rich experience for all delegates including executives, mine managers, decision-makers, influencers, specialists and service providers with interests in the New Zealand minerals sector.

The streams in addition to the main plenary are as follows:

  • The AusIMM Investment and Exploration Forum
  • The AusIMM stream: exploration; geoscience; environmental science
  • Mine Managers’ Forum
  • Energy Users’ Forum
  • Aggregates and Industrial Minerals

The content is structured across the following minerals pathway to success and is designed to appeal to delegates involved in any or all of the stages below:

Screening ­ Assessment ­ Exploration ­ Appraisal ­ Production ­ Optimisation

Over the two and a half days, 50 per cent of the content will be in the form of technical presentations. Specific themes within the technical stream we are seeking presentations on include:

New Zealand minerals systems and prospectivity – current thinking:

Tectonic setting and geophysical interpretation through to play definition and modelling for frontier, appraisal, mature/semi-mature opportunities and deposits throughout New Zealand.

New mineral opportunities and geological concepts:

Including strategic minerals and minerals for technology.


New proven advances and applications in exploration geophysics.

Gold deposits of New Zealand by region and system:

Including orogenic, epithermal and placer.

Metallurgical coal

Ironsands and minerals sands

Coal by region

Seabed mining:

The next exploration and mining frontier.

New exploration technologies

Putting your best foot forward: Presenting investors with what they want to hear

Supply and services market potential

Production techniques and advancements in technology

Recent activity and re-evaluation of known prospects:

  1. Data acquisition, processing and interpretation
  2. Exploration results
  3. Production optimisation from existing mines

Student research projects

Technical Content Advisory Panel members:


Tony Christie – GNS Science; Troy Dougherty – NUENZ; Paul Angus; Tim Journeaux – NZP&M; Mike Begbie – Bathurst Resources; John Taylor – Western Ventures; Hamish Blakemore – OceanaGold; Cam Mckenzie – RSC; Dean Fergusson – AusIMM (chair)


Who will attend?


The topics to be covered will be of interest to: incumbent operators; new venture teams at prospective new entrants; the technical service sector; research scientists; consultants and academics; regulators; and, local and central government agencies, and Tertiary students

Submission Guidelines


Your subject should be in line with the conference themes listed above and be quite specific to one of those areas.

You should consider presenting new information that is timely and relevant to the developments of today.

The Advisory Panel will evaluate submitted abstracts for their technical content, including relevance to the proposed themes, clarity, originality and overall contribution to new knowledge. Advertorials are unlikely to be considered.

Please provide the following:

  • An abstract for your submission (max. 500 words)
  • Your name
  • Job Title
  • Organisation Name
  • Postal address (Address, City/Town, Post code, Country)
  • E-mail address
  • Phone no. (country/area/local number)
  • Preference for oral paper or poster title
  • Biography – (up to 100 words)
  • Photograph (in jpeg format)

Please send your submission to Matt Freeman – (Secretary of the Technical Content Advisory Panel).

Please note:

  • If your subject is not selected as a talk, the organisers may invite you to present your submission as a poster. Please indicate on your submission if you would be happy making a presentation or a poster.
  • All authors of accepted abstracts and posters will receive a complimentary delegate pass to the event, excluding the dinner which will need to be paid for separately
  • Oral presenters will be given between 15 and 30 minutes to present their papers, including 5 minutes Q&A
  • Full presentation guidelines will be sent once you have received confirmation for your presentation session.
  • Abstracts, oral presentations (slides) and posters will be published on the conference website in a secure area after the event – accessible to delegates only
  • Media may be present during your presentation
  • There is no expectation that a unique piece of research be commissioned for your presentation in light of the tight timeframes
  • Decisions on final presentations will be made based on a balanced mix of topics when considering the programme in its entirety

Key Dates



1 November Presentation Abstract Submissions Due
7 November Poster Abstract Submissions Due
30 November Authors Notified of Submission Outcome




31 January Notification of Poster Submission Outcome
31 March Papers Due for Peer Review Process
5 May Completed Oral Presentations and Posters Due


2020 Minerals Forum


26 May The AusIMM Investment and Exploration Forum
26 May Welcome Function
27-28 May Minerals Forum 2020
27 May Gala Dinner – incorporating the Minerals Sector Excellence Awards
28 May AusIMM Student Programme


Poster Sessions


Full poster guidelines will be sent once you have received confirmation for your poster session. Posters may use graphics, tables or charts. The posters must be sent to Freeman Media in digital format by 5 May 2020. The organisers will print the posters and display them at the forum. Authors will be required to make a short 3-minute poster preview on stage during one of the plenaries and then be available at their posters for the subsequent refreshment break.



Matt Freeman, Managing Director – Freeman Media

Tel: 02 7471 1113

Dean Fergusson, New Zealand Branch Chair – AusIMM

Tel: 02 7445 4928

For More Event Information:

Related News


New Zealand Branch - Nelson Discussion Group - The Science of Climate Change: a Geologist’s Perspective

We are delighted to advise that the Nelson Discussion Group’s meeting programs w...


New Zealand Branch - Resumption of Local Branch Activities

Dear All New Zealand Members,


New Zealand Branch - Bruce Harvey Roadshow Events Postponed

Notice to our AusIMM Members in New Zealand.