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Current affiliations:​​

Adjunct Professor at Centre for Exploration Targeting (University of Western Australia)
Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Honorary Research Fellow at CERCAMS (Centre for Russian and Central EurAsian Mineral Studies), Natural History Museum, London.

Honorary Professor, China University of Geosciences, Beijing

Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Mineral Resources (Academy of Geological Sciences) in Beijing

Franco Pirajno has considerable experience in the fields of tectonics, ore deposit geology and mineral exploration in Europe, southern Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, the southwest Pacific, China, Greenland, southern and eastern Siberia, and Australia. 

He has worked extensively in Western Australia’s Proterozoic terranes as a regional mapping project manager and minerals systems geoscientist at the Geological Survey of Wesern Australia and was instrumental in the discovery of a new large igneous province in Australia. Franco was also responsible for the discovery of a Ni deposit in SW Zimbabwe and Mo-W mineralisation
in the South Island of New Zealand,

Previously he held the Chair of Economic Geology at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and worked with the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Ltd, as Exploration Geologist and then as Exploration Manager of the company’s activities in the South West Pacific.​

Contact: franco.pirajno@uwa.edu.au; franco@francopirajno.com


​Ore deposit geology and mineral exploration