Technical Programme

The Conference Technical Programme will be developed under the supervision of the Scientific Programme co-chairs, Graham Pearson and Thomas Stachel. We look forward to offering everyone a great programme for the upcoming 12 IKC in Yellowknife.

12 IKC invites submissions for oral and poster presentations that align with the five conference scientific themes below which reflect current and future academic and industrial interest in kimberlites and diamonds.

Please note that 12 IKC is implementing some changes to the way that the Technical Programme is organized compared to previous IKCs. Please read the text below carefully to understand these changes.

Presenter Guidelines

Requests for oral and/or poster presentation(s) must be accompanied by a short abstract. The submitting (presenting) author must have paid at least the 10% non-refundable deposit on the full delegate registration prior to submission. There will be no abstract submission fee.

Short Abstracts are limited to 500 words and should be clear, concise and written in English. Preference for inclusion in one of the six conference scientific themes listed above should be indicated at the time of submission. There will be no final short abstracts published. We recommend that each Short (and Long) Abstract is carefully compiled and thoroughly checked by all authors.

Each conference delegate is limited to submit as presenting author a maximum of two 500 word short abstracts, which may be for either

(i) one oral and one poster, or
(ii) two poster presentations.

The allocation of an oral presentation no longer comes with the mandatory commitment of producing a full paper for the Conference Volumes although all such contributions will be welcomed.

The selection and acceptance of both oral and poster presentations will be at the discretion of the 12 IKC Technical Programme Committee. The preliminary allocation of oral versus poster presentation will be made on the basis of the unpublished preliminary Short Abstracts. Presentations will be selected using a variety of criteria. It is important that all contributions are relevant to (i) the overall IKC Technical Programme and (ii) the particular Scientific Theme to which they are submitted. Oral presentations will be selected via a combination of originality and importance / relevance of the work and in relation to the overall balance of the relevant session.

Final confirmation of oral or poster presentations will be made after acceptance of a suitable Long Abstract. The title and authors of the Long Abstract should be the same as the Short Abstract.

Long Abstracts can be up to 5 pages in length.

Long Abstracts will undergo a light-touch review process for format as well as gross editorial and science errors. This process will be undertaken by the 12 IKC Technical Programme Committee and is not intended to be invasive but is designed i) to ensure that authors will have sufficient material of a new nature to justify a presentation, in particular, an oral presentation; and ii) to produce a high-quality output for publication of the Long Abstracts as citable documents. It is anticipated that most Long Abstracts will be accepted as submitted but revision of some will be requested and re-reviewed prior to final confirmation of oral / poster presentation. A few Long Abstracts may be rejected if (i) revisions are not submitted by the deadline or (ii) if the revisions are not satisfactory.

Long Abstract Volumes

The Long Abstracts will now be published in the new online journal, the Journal of International Kimberlite Conference Abstracts or JIKCA which will be described as the Proceedings of the 12th International Kimberlite Conference. Each individual Long Abstract will have its own DOI, will be indexed on Google Scholar, and will be citable literature. The DOI or digital object identifier is used to permanently identify a document and link to it on the web, enabling more efficient web tracking.

Conference Volumes

All confirmed oral and poster presenters are encouraged to submit a full manuscript which will be considered for publication in the 12 IKC Conference Volumes. These papers will be subject to the standard peer-review process and will be published as a special issue of an international journal to be decided.

Oral Sessions

In keeping with a long-standing tradition of kimberlite conferences, there will be single oral sessions on each of the five days of the conference (Monday to Friday; no concurrent or parallel sessions). The main orals will be 15 minutes in length plus an additional 5 minutes for discussion and changeover.

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Poster Sessions

All posters will be on display for the entire week of the conference (Monday to Thursday or Friday) with dedicated poster sessions Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from approximately 4pm.

All posters must fit a vertical poster board with the dimensions 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Poster presenters are free to utilise all available space on the board as they see fit.

Conference Language

The 12 IKC conference language is English.

12 IKC Scientific Themes

  1. Diamonds
  2. Emplacement and Economic Geology of Kimberlites and Related Magmas
  3. The Origin and Evolution of Kimberlites and Related Magmas
  4. Diamond Deposits – Exploration and Mining
  5. Cratonic Mantle – Petrology, Geochemistry and Geophysics

12 IKC Scientific Themes Convenors

in order of themes


Thomas Stachel 

University of Alberta

Karen Smit

University of the Witwatersrand

Yana Fedortchouk

Dalhousie University

Emplacement and Economic Geology of Kimberlites and Related Magmas 

Kelly Russell

University of British Columbia

Barbara Scott Smith

Scott-Smith Petrology Inc.

Pierre-Simon Ross

L’Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Quebec

The Origin and Evolution of Kimberlites and Related Magmas 

Bruce Kjarsgaard

Geological Survey of Canada

Andrea Giuliani

University of Melbourne

Bob Luth

University of Alberta

Diamond Deposits - Exploration and Mining

Barrett Elliott

Northwest Territories Geological Survey

Maya Kopylova

University of British Columbia

Sasha Wilson

University of Alberta

Cratonic Mantle - Petrology, Geochemistry and Geophysics

Graham Pearson

University of Alberta

Sonja Aulbach

Goethe University, Frankfurt

Andrew Schaeffer

Geological Survey of Canada