The International Symposium on Critical Metal Mineralization was held at CUG from December 16 to 18. Over 60 experts from China, Germany, Canada, Czech, Australia, Russia, and other countries and regions gathered to discuss the research and application of critical metal mineralization.
Present at the opening ceremony on the morning of December 17 were Robert B. Trumbull, the chief scientist of the Petrology Group of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Karel Breiter, expert in ore deposits from the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prof. Elena V. Badanina from the Institute of Earth Sciences of St. Petersburg State University, CUG president WANG Yanxin, HOU Zengqian, Deputy Director of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), MAO Jingwen, member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and RAO Gui’an, Deputy Head of the Science & Technology Office of the Hubei Provincial Department of Education. Prof. JIANG Shaoyong from the Collaborative Innovation Center for Exploration of Strategic Mineral Resources of CUG presided over the opening ceremony.
WANG Yanxin delivered a welcome speech. He hoped that the experts could contribute their wisdom to the development and application of critical ore deposits and ore deposit exploration home and abroad during the first international symposium on critical metal mineralization held in China.
HOU Zengqian pointed out in his speech that critical metal was important raw material for emerging industries like new materials, new energy, information technology, aerospace, and sophisticated weapons. He told the audience that the US, the EU, and Australia had announced strategic measures of critical ore deposits in recent years and NSFC also initiated a major project of the accumulation dynamics of critical metal (2020-2027) in July. This symposium, to him, was an international communication platform for the latest developments and hot issues of critical metal and critical ore deposits.
Several famous experts were invited to make keynote speeches concerning China’s W-Sn deposits, conditions and mechanisms of metallogenic processes, the characteristics and exploration potential of magmatic sulfide deposits in China, etc.
Over 20 experts made oral presentations to discuss the diagenesis and mineralization of rare metal granites and pegmatites, metallogenetic regularities of critical metal, metallogenic models and prospecting predictions, etc.
(Edited and translated from the Chinese version)