2022 | Perth, Western Australia


About 6ias

The 6th International Archean Symposium (6ias), which will now be held in 2022 at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia, is the sixth in a series that began in 1970 and has been presented since 1980 by not-for-profit organization Geoconferences (WA).

The symposium series has a specific focus on Precambrian geoscience. The committee has designed a program that promotes discussion and communication of the latest concepts, methodologies and technologies relevant to unlocking the secrets of the Archean to all geoscientists. It represents a unique opportunity for researchers, industry professional and government geoscientists from around the world to showcase the most recent ideas and guide the future ten years of research.

The technical program will include high-level plenary sessions and themed technical sessions, as well as panel discussions and poster sessions. The themes covered include:

  • Early Earth evolution: perspectives from the oldest minerals and rocks
  • Emergence of atmosphere and life on early Earth and other terrestrial planets
  • Development of Archean continental crust and lithosphere: insights from numerical modelling, igneous geochemistry and planetary geodynamics
  • Role of Archean lithosphere in the evolution of younger terranes: contribution of geophysics and geochemistry to understanding Archean terranes and their margins
  • Archean terranes and craton margins
  • Archean to Proterozoic transition
  • Mineral systems of Archean terranes and their margins

A minerals industry-focused workshop ‘Target 2022’ will precede the symposium, including topics on the mineral systems approach to exploration targeting, applied exploration geophysics and geochemistry and 3D exploration, providing training opportunities for conference delegates.

Located in beautiful Perth, Western Australia, 6ias will benefit from being organized in one of the global capitals of the mineral industry. Like previous Archean symposia, 6ias will provide an excellent opportunity to network in the collegial atmosphere that has developed between industry, government and academic professionals.

Geoconferences is committed to diversity and inclusion and the 6ias organising committee aims to take a lead in providing a stimulating program that is fully reflective of the depth and breadth of current geoscientific expertise.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 6ias.