Exploration Insights is a high-profile venue for speakers who wish to present topical subjects at the convention in a forum outside the themed Technical Sessions. Selected from a call for abstracts, Exploration Insights showcases technical, policy and academic presentations that offer insight into current and topical subjects. The abstract themes chosen for presentation vary from year to year. All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee and opportunities are assigned based on content.

We are pleased to announce that our annual PDAC Convention—the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining event—will be entirely virtual in 2021 for the first time in its 89-year history.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel and major gatherings, we recognize that staying connected is more important than ever for members, exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and numerous partners. The decision to move forward with a virtual event offers a safe and innovative solution for the industry to access our outstanding programming, investment and networking opportunities.


For more information, contact:

Zoe Bell 
[email protected] 
416 362 1969 ext. 238

Selection Process

PDAC Convention provides an unmatched opportunity to exchange information and explore innovative approaches. You will gain recognition as an expert and leader in the field at the convention and beyond.  

  • Share new ideas or highlight notable projects, research and practices
  • Contribute to furthering cross-sectoral dialogue and building knowledge in the field
  • Advance your own professional development by demonstrating that you are staying current on what’s happening
  • Receive feedback and gain new perspectives from peers to further shape your work
  • Meet new people or reconnect with colleagues who share your interests from different backgrounds, organizations and geographies – and build your network

Who participates?

Participants include academics and graduate students as well as other interested individuals from around the world.

Areas of interest

The Exploration Insights Selection Committee strongly encourages the submission of abstracts on the following topics:

  • New concepts and technical developments in exploration. Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning submissions will be given special consideration.
  • New uses and technical advancements for individual commodities (e.g., lithium, cobalt, graphite)
  • Ideas for achieving diversity in the mining sector
  • Exploration properties of merit (their recent exploration and development history)
  • Mineral deposit case histories (mineralization, alteration and deposit formation)
  • Case histories dealing with permitting successes inside and outside of Canada
  • Case histories dealing with exploration health and safety


We encourage you to submit ideas for the Exploration Insights program. We will provide further updates and deadlines in the fall.



The opinions expressed in these presentations are solely those of the presenters and not necessarily those of PDAC, its members, Directors, Board and/or Staff. PDAC does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of the information provided herein.