Targeting for a New Era of Discovery

The Target 2023 Organising Committee are pleased to announce the upcoming Target 2023 conference, Targeting for a New Era of Discovery. The Target 2023 conference will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Perth, Australia on 28 July 2023 following the 6ias.

After the great success of Target 2017, Geoconferences is organising Target 2023 to showcase innovations developed to aid the discovery of new tier-one deposits and broaden the exploration search space under cover. Target 2023 will focus on all aspects of mineral exploration and provide a unique opportunity to workshop solutions to the mineral industry challenges that lie ahead.

We expect more than 250 attendees from both the Australian and international mineral exploration community, including executives, exploration professionals, researchers and university students. The technical program will consist of a plenary format and multiple poster sessions, impacting multi-commodity exploration from the regional greenfield scale through to camp scale.

The program will highlight:

(i) Key research outcomes that impact our understanding of Mineral Systems and the derived exploration strategies

(ii) Data integration, interpretation and key exploration targeting inputs

(iii) Improved targeting strategies and methodologies


The Target 2023 Organising Committee is pleased to announce our curated program for the theme “Targeting a New Era of Discovery.”

Topic/Title Type Description Speaker
8.30 Registration
9.00 Putting time and dynamics into improved Mineral Systems prediction Keynote 1 Review of initiatives and developments adding sophistication to Mineral Systems understanding/td> Nicole Januszczak
9.40 Large-scale crustal architecture: A first-order control on multiple mineral systems Talk 1 Regional isotopic mapping, linking crustal-scale architecture and world-class ore-province formation, offers the potential to reduce search space by 90%. David Mole
10.00 Integrated multi-disciplinary mapping of the Yilgarn Talk 2 Moving terrane boundaries? Raphael Quentin-de Gromard
10.20 Spatial periodicity in self-organized mineral systems Talk 3 How some of the world richest mineral provinces show surprisingly predictable ore clustering patterns, with emphasis on Au and base-metals. Nick Hayward
10.40 Morning tea
11.10 Drilling with a dynamic targeting feedback loop Talk 4 Currently geoscientists choose between making real time decisions using visual observations or waiting weeks or months for laboratory data to enable more informed choice. How can we use technology to change these workflows? Michelle Carey
11.30 Defining the galaxy in every rock Talk 5 Examples of how using medical technology to create 250-meter-long thin sections every day is transforming how we discover, model and mine Heidi Pass
11.50 Geologically-appropriate feature engineering for mineral exploration Talk 6 Identification and validation of mineralization targets using multi-disciplinary geoscientific data Becky Montsion
12.10 The influence of training data selection in data-driven mineral potential assessments Talk 7 Spatial statistics, prospectivity mapping Arianne Ford
12.30 Lunch and Poster Session 1
13.50 Li pegmatites Keynote 2 Synthesis plus connections to structure, evolution, key problems for exploration Kathryn Goodenough
14.30 Ni sulphide deposit genesis and applied techniques for discovery Talk 8 Working across the scales relevant to targeting and exploration for nickel sulphides Margaux Le Vaillant
14.50 Barcoding mafic units to map stratigraphy Talk 9 Hugh Smithies
15.10 Julimar Ni-Cu-PGE deposit discovery case study Talk 10 What worked to discover a giant deposit in the unloved western Yilgarn 70km from Perth! Kevin Frost, Bruce Kendall
15.30 Afternoon Tea and Poster Session 2
16.00 Exploring for the Future: Characterising the Lithosphere for Resource Discovery Talk 11 Mineral Systems and lithospheric architecture from surface to mantle. Advances by the Australian Government’s $225 M Exploring for the Future program (2016-2024). Karol Czarnota
16.20 Multi-scale application of magnetotellurics to minerals targeting Talk 12 How MT data from multiscale surveys can help to image the footprint of mineral systems in covered terranes Wenping Jiang
16.40 The use of zircon and apatite as metallogenic fertility indicators in Archean orogenic gold systems Talk 13 We explore the applicability of accessory minerals as pathfinders in Archean-age gold systems using examples from the Yilgarn Craton Chris Fisher
17.00 New horizons in predictive science Talk 14 new scientific knowledge necessary for a step change in the predictive power of exploration already exists, but is simply not implemented Marco Fiorentini
17.20 Close Graham Begg, Cam McCuaig
17.30 Drinks


We look forward to welcoming you to Target 2023 and together shaping tomorrow’s exploration strategies for the future sustainability of our industry.

Abstract Submission

The Target 2023 Organising Committee welcomes authors to submit abstracts for Poster Presentations only. Poster sessions will be held throughout the day.


Registration is now open through the 6ias website