Present workshop


Third Critical Metals workshop (CM 2015)

This Workshop will be held between August 7 and 14, 2015 at the Geological Institute in Apatity, Murmansk Region. This area, located practically in the heart of Devonian alkaline and carbonatitic magmatism, is known globally for its unique geology (two out of the three largest intrusions of peralkaline syenites are situated within a few hours’ drive from Apatity), as well as for its mineral deposits and its important place in the Russian mining history and exploration of the North. The largest igneous deposit of apatite, also known for its REE potential, is located here, in the Khibiny Mountains. The only surviving REE producer within the borders of the former USSR (Karnasurt loparite mine) is also part of the Kola Alkaline Province. Much of this mineral potential remains relatively unexplored or untapped. The Workshop will be held jointly with Lia Kogarko’s School on Alkaline Magmatism as an international conference on Alkaline Magmatism of the Earth and Related Critical Metal Deposits (

The talks will take place at the Apatity Geological Institute located within a few hours’ drive from the Khibiny apatite mines, loparite mines (and the world’s largest eudialyte reserves) at Lovozero, Kovdor magnetite-apatite-baddeleyite mine, Afrikanda magnetite-perovskite deposit, and a score of other geologically and mineralogically unique localities. The workshop will be accompanied by a rich social program and followed by fieldtrips (August 10 - 13, 2015) to the most geologically interesting sites and deposits of critical metals (Khibiny, Lovozero, Kovdor or Afrikanda).

Please download our circular HERE and register on the other conference website

Any urgent queries regarding the Workshop or visa-related requests can be sent to Jindrich Kynicky ( or Anton Chakhmouradian (



Field trip