This workshop addresses further progress in collaborative research of the CERCAMS network and its associated researchers, with focus on the Central Asian orogenic collage featuring state of the art research from the Altaids to the Uralides and adjacent domains. The CERCAMS-12 workshop will also build bridges to current research in adjacent regions of southern Siberia as it marks the progress in further development of the Altaids project. This will extend CERCAMS research into the Russian border districts, including the ore provinces from Altai-Sayan over Tuva, Irkutsk, Chita, Buryatia to Amur. The workshop aims to synthesize and reassess interdisciplinary knowledge and to catalyze novel research in the architecture of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt by bringing together teams from universities, academia and the mining industry. There will be a series of invited presentations on tectonics, geodynamics and regional metallogeny, as well as deposit case studies.