Kathryn Goodenough is a Senior Geologist at the British Geological Survey, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research focus is on studying mineral deposits, particularly deposits of the critical metals, and setting them into their broader geodynamic context. Kathryn is currently involved in three major international research consortia (EURARE, SoS RARE, and Hitech AlkCarb) that are making major advances in understanding all aspects of the supply chain for the rare earth elements and associated critical metals. These projects encompass field geology, mineralogy, geometallurgy and minerals processing, for a range of potential deposits from carbonatites in Greenland to weathered alkali granites in Madagascar. She has had a long association with the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, having been General Secretary from 2011-2016, and was involved in the Science Committee for IMA in Edinburgh in 2002: so I’m greatly looking forward to presenting our ongoing research at IMA 2018.
Why you are so excited about participating in IMA 2018?
I was involved in IMA in 2002 when it was held in Edinburgh, but have not been able to attend subsequent editions. I’m delighted to be able to attend the 2018 edition and to present our ongoing research on the rare earth elements and associated critical metals. This will be a great opportunity to showcase the importance of mineralogy in developing a secure and sustainable supply of these elements that are so vital for modern technologies.