Critical minerals: From discovery to supply chain


Aley niobium-bearing carbonatite, British Columbia ©Copyright: Geological Survey British Colombia

Aley niobium-bearing carbonatite, British Columbia

Photo: Geological Survey British Colombia


  • Online Event (Zoom)
  • Organizer: British Columbia Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia, United States Geological Survey, Geological Association of Canada
  • Programm
  • Free Registration

This online workshop, being held November 16-18, 2021, will address the critical minerals needed to grow low-carbon economies, emphasizing those used in battery, magnet, and photovoltaic technologies. Presentations will consider the life cycle of critical minerals from exploration, resource availability, and mineral systems to market trends and supply chains.

The HIF will be represented by:

Session 2: Geology of critical minerals, November 16, 16:30 PST (0:30 GMT)

    • Max Frenzel | Geochemistry and economic geology of Ga, Ge and In: An overview

Session 6: Exploration methods and technical considerations, November 18, 16:30 PST (0:30 GMT)

    • René Booysen | Multi-scale and multi-source remote sensing of REEs in southern Africa
    • Sandra Lorenz | Outcrop sensing for the exploration of REEs and lithium
    • Moritz Kirsch | Multi-source hyperspectral imaging of drillcores for the exploration of critical minerals