CODES – ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

About Us

Outcome-driven Research – Built on Teamwork, Worldwide Collaborations, and Excellence in Education

Students on White Island, New Zealand

CODES is the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits. Formed in 1989 at the University of Tasmania, the Centre has grown substantially over the years and is now widely regarded as a global leader in ore deposit research. It is home to 51 highly qualified research staff and over 120 postgraduate students, further cementing its position as the largest university-based team of ore deposit researchers in the world.

CODES has developed a strong and long-standing reputation for delivering high quality research outcomes of direct relevance to the mining industry. This has been achieved over a period in excess of 25 years, which includes terms as a Federal Government-funded ARC Key Centre (1989-1996), ARC Special Research Centre (1997 to 2005) and ARC Centre of Excellence (2005 to 2013). CODES has obtained approval from the ARC to retain its Centre of Excellence status, despite its tenure as a funded Centre coming to a conclusion at the end of 2013.

Location and Global Reach

CODES is located within the University of Tasmania's School of Physical Sciences, which is part of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

Highly productive worldwide collaborations have been developed with over 45 industry companies, plus a host of joint research initiatives with more than 60 institutions and universities. It currently has major research projects spanning 35 countries, and is the leading academic group to publish in Economic Geology. During the past year, it has maintained its reputation for delivering excellence in technology transfer by producing 84 reports to industry and conducting 27 workshops, short courses, conferences and field trips in 12 countries, spread across five continents.