15th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration(ISME-XV)


ISME (International Symposium on Mineral Exploration) is an international activity of the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Insti-tute of Japan (MMIJ). The purpose of ISME symposia is to bring together scientists ac-tively working on some diverse fields in order to foster the exchanges of ideas related to the methods or resource exploration, as noted by Singer and Kouda, 1993, Nonrenewable Resources, v. 2, no. 2, pp. 65-66.
Emphasis of ISME-XV will be on state-of- the-art research related to resource exploration with a review of research outcome in the past thirty years in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of DETEC.

Main topics

+ Mining/Petroleum Geology and Economic Geology
+ Mining and Petroleum Engineering
+ Applied Mineralogy
+ Geostatistics, Geoinformatics, and Mathematical methods
+ Geophysics and Geochemistry
+ Remote Sensing
+ Advanced Geographical Information System (GIS)
+ Resource Economics
+ Environmental Geology
+ Hydrogeology, Water Resources, and Water Conservation
+ Marine Resources
+ Natural Gas and Methane Hydrate
+ Geothermal Researches
+ Assessment Technologies and Risk Analysis
+ Exploration Strategies
+ Urban Mining and Recycling
+ Extraterrestrial Resource Exploration
+ Data-driven Science

Organizing Committee

International Organizing Committee
Chair: Kazuya Okada (President of Sumiko Resources Explora-tion & Development Co., Ltd.; Chair of DETEC-MMIJ)
Co-Chair: Katsuaki Koike (Prof. of Kyoto University)
Co-Chair: John Carranza (Prof. of University of KwaZulu-Natal)


the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ)


the Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ),


November 26-28, 2018 Kyoto, Japan

Conference Venue

The 15th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration (ISME-XV) will be held at International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University Yoshida Campus, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan from Monday 26th to Wednesday 27th November 2018.
General access information of the venue is available on the following website:

Important Deadlines

Abstracts Due: April 30, 2018
Author Notification: May 15, 2018
Digital Camera Ready Paper Due: July 10, 2018
Early Registration fee deadline: July 31, 2018

The abstracts will be reviewed by at least two referees selected by the Program Committee. Interested contributors should submit the abstract submission form before April 30, 2018 to <>. The form can be downloaded from the link given below.

Please include title, author(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone & fax, e-mail address, 3-5 keywords, and corresponding author with your submittal. Contributors should choose the presentation method of oral or poster, which might be re-determined by the Program Committee.
The notified contributors should submit electronically one-page digital camera ready paper in English before July 10, 2018 to <>. The template file will be announced.

Excellent presentation(s) will be awarded.

Selected distinguished papers will be invited to the special issue of the National Resources Researches.

Registration will start on June 1, 2018. Only papers of participants registered before July 31, 2018 will be included in the proceedings volume. The full papers will be published in an appropriate journal or a book. For more details, please contact to the conference secretariats.

Registration Fee

(Before July 31)
+ General 25,000JPY
+ Student 15,000JPY
+ (Note) Lunch, banquet, ice breaker and excursion are excluded

(After July 31)
+ General 30,000JPY
+ Student 15,000JPY
+ (Note) Lunch, banquet, ice breaker and excursion are excluded.

+Methods of CREDIT CARD payment will be announced in later.


The official language of the symposium will be English.


November, 2018
26(Mon): Technical sessions with Keynote Lectures & Ice Breaker
27(Tue): Technical sessions with Keynote Lectures & Banquet
28(Wed): Excursion
Tentative time table is uploaded in the shedule page.

Conference WEB-Site

Conference Secretariats

+ Youqing Chen
Asst. Prof., Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, JAPAN
E-mail FAX +81-75-753-5428

+ Koki Kashiwaya
Asst. Prof., Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto Daigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8540, JAPAN
E-mail FAX +81-75-383-3318

+ Tatsu Kuwatani
Researcher, Dept. of Solid Earth Geochemistry, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC),
2-15 Natsushima?cho, Yokosuka 237?0061, Japan
E-mail PHONE +81-46-867-9626,
FAX +81-46-867-9626

Corresponding address