25-27 July 2023 | Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia


About 6ias

Geoconferences (WA) acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands that we will meet upon, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation and their long history and care of country and water. 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.

The 6th International Archean Symposium (6ias), which will now be held in 2023 at Fremantle’s Esplanade Hotel in Perth, Australia, on Noongar Whadjuk boodja. It is the sixth in a series that began in 1970 and has been presented since 1980 by the not-for-profit organisation, 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 and Early Earth to all geoscientists. It represents a unique opportunity for researchers, industry professionals 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
  • Early Earth dynamics
  • Role of Archean lithosphere in the evolution of younger terranes
  • Cratons and craton margins: structure, composition and tectonic  history
  • Defining the Archean to Proterozoic transition
  • Mineral systems of Archean terranes and their margins

A minerals industry-focused workshop ‘Target 2023’ will follow 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 6ias.