Present workshop


The 7th Critical Metals meeting (CMM 2020) - Northwest University, Xi'an, China


The 7th Critical Metals meeting will consist of world-leading geologists and geophysicists with valuable recent experience of exploration and research related to carbonatites and alkaline rocks. More than 10 world leading experts will be invited to take part in a collaborative workshop session to tackle key questions, leading to manuscript preparation in the best journals and related special issues as in past.


We would like you to be part of the project, and are writing now to invite you to join our meeting. Specifically, we would like to invite you to join the 7th Critical Metals meeting in China. The workshop will be held in Northwest University, Xi'an, China, and is entitled ‘News and never ending true in high-tech metal deposits’. The workshop has two main objectives: to contribute to an understanding of shallow critical metals deposits and concentration of high-tech metals within them, and to discuss three-dimensional concepts of geomodels using geological and geophysical evidence. The first three days of the meeting will be based in Northwest University, Xi'an, China. It will continue for 5 more dayes in the field where we organize expert fieltrips to main and the most interesting critical metals deposits in China. We would be very grateful if you would consider submitting an extended abstract (1-4 sides of A4) and presenting a seminar (15 minutes including questions) with a title of your choosing on your experience of one of the following:


Session 1 – Shallow plumbing systems:

The question addressed by the consortium is ‘How can we understand better the plumbing systems in shallow intrusive complexes, down to 1-2 km beneath  volcanics, the most important environment for hi-tech element mineralisation?’ The session aims to bring together contributions from geological and geochemical investigations of natural laboratories with a variety of approaches to modelling of magmatic systems. Contributions will be solicited relating to both carbonatites/alkaline rocks and other magmatic systems to determine what synergies exist.


Session 2 – Geology for Geomodels:

The session aims to create an overview of the datasets that have been collected at each of the natural laboratories around the world. Subsequently, this would lead to an interrogation of the aspects of the key data sets that can be compared and combined to develop geomodels. We would like to discuss the creation and use of large datasets, including those relating to mineral chemistry.


Session 3: Geophysics for geomodels

The session aims to bring together geophysical information relating to transects through igneous complexes at different levels of erosion, which could inspire discussion of how geophysical responses would vary within a three-dimensional structure.


It is intended that each session will include a short discussion that will be further developed in subsequent project meetings.


Any urgent queries regarding the Workshop or visa-related requests can be sent to Jindrich Kynicky ( or Wenlei Song.

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