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SGA Baltic Student Chapter

Published: 26 November 2019

The Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits – SGA is one of the most important societies for economic geologist in the world. It provides a unique opportunity for students and professionals to gain in-depth knowledge in metallogeny, mineralogy, structural geology and geochemistry applied to mineral deposits. It also brings together both industry and academia in events such as short-courses, conferences, keynotes and publications allowing networking opportunities.

The SGA has presence all over the world through student chapters. The Luleå University of Technology belongs to the Baltic Student Chapter together with the AGH University of Science and Technology, Stockholm University, and University of Oulu. Every year we plan and develop numerous activities for students and professionals.

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Activities 2020

Leapfrog workshop

2020 started with a 3D geomodelling workshop using Leapfrog for geology students at LTU. In the workshop we got an introduction to implicit modelling, the basics of modelling with Leapfrog, and some practical exercises.

The workshop was held in February and was given by Glacialle Tiu, PhD student at LTU.


Personal talk on a career in geosciences

In March, the SGA Baltic Student Chapter at Luleå held a young career talk by Leslie Logan, currently a PhD student at LTU. She spoke about her experiences in the field of geology in the five years since completing her bachelor’s degree including her work at the USGS and her master’s thesis at ETH Zurich. Beverages and snacks were enjoyed and younger students were able to learn about different opportunities to explore after graduation.

Personal talk Leslie

Introduction to Minalogger virtual workshop

The ongoing pandemic presented us with the challenge (and opportunity) to reflect on what capabilities geoscientists, who normally work at the field, would join the current trend of working from home. We reached out to Minalyze, a Swedish mining innovation company behind the development of the Minalyzer Core Scanner and Minalogger software. With their kind contribution we were able to arrange a short webinar with practical exercises on the topic of Virtual Core Logging dictated by Torbjörn Svensson, VP Minalyze. Twelve participants joined us as we explored the future of core logging, all from the safety and comfort of home.


Activities 2019

SGA roadmap

Outcrop Crawl

Held on 21st of September 2019

A group of 10 undergraduate, graduate students and researchers cycled around the city of Luleå looking for the best outcrops to learn more about some of the rocks and structures that compose the city’s crystalline basement. At the end of the activity we had some good fika and got to know more about each of the new members.

Outcrop crawl 2

Orienteering + structural geology challenge

Held on the 19th of October 2019

In this event, we combined a popular sport in Sweden such as orienteering with structural geology. We met at Mjölkuddberget in Luleå where participants had to find their way around the forest looking for outcrops to measure geological structures. Several outcrops served as stations, where after measuring a given geological structure, each group had to perform some calculations to be able to find the right way to the next outcrop. At the end we had some good fika and talk.

Orienteering 1
Orienteering 2
Orienteering 3

Scandinavian Exploration Geology Applied to Younger Terrains

In November 2019, the SGA Baltic student chapter at LTU  organized a workshop intended to bring geologists together from a variety of geologic institutions to speak and discuss exploration geology and economic geology in Scandinavia and its application in younger terrains. The event offered an opportunity for students and industry, survey, and academia professionals to intermingle and network while learning about Scandinavian geology from different perspectives.

Nils Jansson and Tobias Bauer form LTU, Stefan Luth from SGU, and Marcello Imaña from Scandic Peruana Minerals gave inspiring presentations on different approaches to exploration in Sweden, Europe, and South America.

LKAB, Boliden and SGU were the main sponsors, and are greatly thanked for making this event possible.

Leslie Logan

Logan, Leslie - PhD Student

Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491855