Advanced Training Course on “Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration’’ held in Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Participants from Sub-Saharan Africa taken through Advanced Training Course on “Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration’’ © KIGAM-ISGe

A training course on Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration was held in Korea from 8-19 July under the auspices of UNESCO and UNECA-AMDC (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - African Minerals Development Centre) to enhance the competence of Young African Geologist on Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration

An advanced training course on Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration was organized in Daejeon, Korea by the International School for Geoscience Resources of the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM/IS-Geo) in collaboration with UNESCO and UNECA-AMDC. The training was held from 8-19th July 2019 involving 20 scientists (10 men and 10 women) from sub-Saharan African countries.

The main of objective of the training was to raise professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of geological mapping and mineral exploration as well as to enhance the competence of the cooperating countries/organizations with Korea/KIGAM and to meet the high interest regarding “Geological Mapping” and “Mineral Exploration”. The 12-day training course provided participants an interdisciplinary approach to explore the academic knowledge and practical skills on the expertise of the subject matter. The contents of this course comprised a general overview on principles and genetic concepts of geological mapping technique and geophysical methods into mineral exploration. A total of 11 Korean/Foreign instructors were involved in the course.

Participants gave presentation on their own countries’ current geological mapping and/or mineral exploration status. Each of the participants delivered in-depth SWOT and Gap analyses. They also suggested solutions and estimated expected outcomes in terms of economy, technology and society and environment. They actively shared their own opinions to one another. They worked on future roadmap for implementing the Africa Mining Vision in the future.

During the first three days of the first week, Dr. Chwae gave lectures on how to utilize mapping techniques. Trainees were able to develop map-reading abilities based on the satellite images provided by Google Earth. Also, a two-day field excursion was provided on the Thursday and Friday of the first week of the training course (July 11th to 12th). Participants headed for Seosan, which is known for rocks, providing an opportunity for the trainees to conduct research on geologic structures of the periodic rocks. Trainees drew a deformation shape and geological boundary on the outcrop. Through this field practice, they learned how to compose geological map with clinometer and apply what they learned in the class on the field. Trainees were also able to learn how to utilize and apply geometrical techniques under the guidance of the international expert.

Testimonies from the participants showed the training raised the level of skills of Young African Scientists working in the field of geological mapping. Therefore, making the course successful and also meeting the participants’ expectations. It was recommended that the international network of UNESCO, UNECA-AMCD and KIGAM be maintained and developed for further collaborative activities beyond the border. More advanced courses with increased hands-on activity, field practice, is recommended for consideration in the future.