The geological community has been hosting International Platinum Symposia since 1971, the first being held in Melbourne, Australia. These symposia have subsequently been held approximately every four years at different venues around the world. In between the platinum symposia, there are the international Copper-Nickel symposia, the last of which was organised in 2016 by Professor Steve Barnes in Perth, Australia. It is 20 years since the Platinum Symposium was last hosted in South Africa, and with extensive new developments on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, now is a good time to invite participants back to South Africa to experience first-hand some of these new developments.
Each symposium typically covers four days of presentations. The 13th symposium will be of longer duration as there will be half-day field trips included in the programme.
1971 1st International Platinum Symposium
Melbourne, Australia, October 5th and 6th.
Organizers: John Lovering and Reid Keays (University of Melbourne)
1975 2nd International Platinum Symposium
Denver, Colorado, USA, 13th-17th October.
Organizers: George A. Desborough (USGS) and Ben F. Leonard
1981 3rd International Platinum Symposium
Pretoria, South Africa, 6th-10th July.
Organizers: Des Pretorius, C.F. Vermaak, Gerhardt von Gruenewaldt, C.T. Potgieter
1985 4th International Platinum Symposium
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2nd-4th August.
Organizers: Tony Naldrett and Department of Geology (U Toronto)
1989 5th International Platinum Symposium
Espoo, Finland, 1st-3rd August 1989.
Organizers: Heikki Papunen (U Turku) et al.
1991 6th International Platinum Symposium
Perth, Western Australia, 8th-11th July 1991
Organizers: Robin E.T. Hill and Stephen J. Barnes (CSIRO)
1994 7th International Platinum Symposium
Moscow and Noril’sk, Russia, 2nd-4th August
Organizers: N.P. Laverov, V.P. Orlov, Vadim Distler, V.A Zharikov, V.E. Kunilov, and F.P. Mitrofanov
1998 8th International Platinum Symposium
Rustenburg, South Africa, 29th June-3rd July
Organizers: Chris A. Lee et al.
2002 9th International Platinum Symposium
Billings, Montana, USA, 21st– 25th July
Organizers: Michael Zientek (USGS), Roger Cooper (Lamar University), et al.
2005 10th International Platinum Symposium
Oulu, Finland, 8th–11th August.
Organizers: Tuomo Alapieti (U Oulu) and Markku Iljana (Geological Survey of Finland)
2010 11th International Platinum Symposium
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 17th-19th June.
Organizers: Michael Lesher and Pedro Jugo (Laurentian University)
Hosts: Laurentian University and Ontario Geological Survey
2014 12th International Platinum Symposium
Yekaterinburg, Urals, Russia, 11th-14th August
Organizers: Eugeny Pushkarev and the Zavaritsky Institute of Geochemistry, the Uralian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
2018 13th International Platinum Symposium
Ranch Hotel, Polokwane 30th June-6thJuly.
Organizers: Judith Kinnaird (CHAIR), Marina Yudovskaya, Rais Latypov, Freddy Roelefse, Sofia Chistyakova, Paul Nex, Fiona Stevens