Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar

The Northern Territory Government’s flagship exploration event, the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES), will be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre from 5-6 April 2022 with the ice breaker to be held on the evening of 4 April.

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AGES 2021 delegates

AGES 2021

AGES 2021 was held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 20 and 21 April and was attended by over 260 participants from across Australia.

Download the AGES 2021 conference proceedings and AGES 2021 presentations and posters through GEMIS.

Download the full AGES 2021 program PDF (252.8 KB).

Program snapshot

Monday 19 April
Mines Branch Workshop (3pm to 5pm)  and AGES Ice Breaker (5:30pm to 7:30pm)

Tuesday 20 April
AGES Conference Day 1 (8:30am to 4:30pm) and Official Dinner (7pm to late)

Wednesday 21 April
AGES Conference Day 2 (9am to 2:30pm)

Thursday 22 April
MinEx CRC East Tennant National Drilling Initiative (NDI) core viewing workshop (full 8:30am to 4pm)

Program highlights included:

  • Discussion of the results of the East Tennant drilling program, which has already generated excitement around the emergence of a new undercover copper-gold exploration province
  • Release of interpretation of the GA-NTGS Barkly seismic survey, providing the first view of basin architecture and structure beneath the Barkly Tableland
  • Latest information on liquids-rich gas discoveries in the Beetaloo Sub-basin
  • New insights into copper, gold and lead-zinc potential of the undercover Rover mineral field
  • Updates on recent exploration from Encounter Resources, Empire Energy, KGL Resources, Origin Energy, PNX Metals, Prodigy Gold, Core Lithium and Castile Resources
  • Latest insights into the polymetallic mineral potential of the Aileron Province
  • Announcement of the expansion and ongoing extension of the Resourcing the Territory initiative
  • Updates on major geoscience programs underway across the Territory under the $26 million Resourcing the Territory initiative
  • MinEx CRC East Tennant NDI core viewing workshop.

AGES is a technical exploration conference with a range of talks from the NT Geological Survey, its research partners and the exploration industry. It presents a unique opportunity to access the latest fresh exploration ideas and geoscientific data from the Northern Territory (NT) and to network with colleagues who share an interest in the discovery and development of the Territory’s minerals and oil and gas resources.

This event was delivered in line with an approved COVID-19 event safety plan for the conference and workshop venues, taking into account the latest health guidelines at the time.

Download key resources from AGES past events.

Attendees at AGES 2021Attendees at AGES 2021

Mining Services Expo

AGES also incorporates the Mining Services Expo which showcases NT businesses and their capabilities to support exploration and mining ventures. If you are interested in exhibiting or would like further information please contact Jodie Mason, Department of Tourism, Industry and Trade on 08 8951 8553 or by email

View the 2021 Mining Services Expo exhibitors PDF (165.0 KB).

AGES 2021 mining expo attendees

Alice Springs, nestled between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, is famous for its beautiful desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, opportunities for adventure and a strong Aboriginal culture. Find out more on the Northern Territory website.

For assistance with bookings, go to the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre website.

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Extend your stay in the stunning Red Centre and arrive a few days early to take in Parrtjima - A Festival in Light. Scheduled to take place from 8 to 17 April 2022, Parrtjima is the only Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world. The free, 10-night festival tells the stories of Australia’s oldest living culture through the newest technology, including transforming two kilometres of the ancient MacDonnell Ranges into the world’s largest light canvas.

Enjoy music, storytelling, art, workshops, fine dining and more under desert skies in an ancient landscape. Bring your colleagues, bring your friends, bring your family to enjoy this mesmerising, bucket-list experience. Find out more on the Parrtjima website.

Northern Territory Geological Survey
Phone: 08 8999 5313