Conferences and Exhibitions

Botswana to host major kimberlite conference

The 11th International Kimberlite Conference (11 IKC) is to be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana from 18-22 September 2017. International Kimberlite Conferences (IKCs) are special events which take place every four to five years, with the first IKC having being held in Cape Town in 1973. The 11 IKC will be the first IKC to be hosted by Botswana.

According to the organisers, the location of the 11 IKC is particularly appropriate as Botswana is currently the largest diamond producer by value worldwide and 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the first economic diamondiferous kimberlite in the country, now the Orapa mine. This anniversary will be celebrated under the banner of ‘50 Years of Diamonds in Botswana’.

The objective of this conference is to bring together geoscientists from both the academic and exploration/mining communities to share their knowledge, stimulate scientific debate and to further the understanding of the geology of kimberlites, diamonds and related subjects. The conference will include oral and poster technical sessions as well as field trips in Botswana and neighbouring countries.

The 11 IKC technical sessions will cover six conference scientific themes, each with a keynote, which reflect current and future academic and industrial interest in kimberlites and diamonds.

Together, the 11 IKC field trips offer the opportunity to visit all of the diamond mines in Southern Africa, both primary and secondary deposits. These include the first diamond mines discovered in each of the five diamond-producing countries in the region (Orapa, Botswana; Kimberley, South Africa; Letseng, Lesotho; Murowa, Zimbabwe; and Elizabeth Bay, Namibia).

Unique to this conference, delegates can visit the rough diamond sorting facilities at the Diamond Trading Company Botswana and De Beers Global Sightholder Sales in Gaborone.

Full details are available from website www.11ikc.com.

 


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