The objective of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (I.A.G.O.D.) is to promote international co-operation in the study of the genesis of ore deposits and to further the growth of knowledge in this field. These tasks are achieved in several ways. International symposia are organized by IAGOD, and a variety of meetings and symposia are held in conjunction with other organizations interested in the genesis of mineral deposits. The association continues to expand its international activities and membership, having members in about 70 countries world-wide.