Beyond the Bling: Diamond Exploration and Research

May 19, 2021 | Edmonton, AB

Diamonds are more than just bling. From revealing reservoirs of primordial magma as old as the moon to discovering unrealized gold deposits, the findings of diamond exploration are a boon to both science and industry. 

Hear from University of Alberta diamond researcher Graham Pearson, who shares some of the unique abilities of diamonds to illuminate processes deep inside the Earth. Plus, find out how the Diamond Exploration and Research Training School, a one-of-a-kind U of A internship program, is training the next generation of diamond explorers and growing Canada’s $2.5-billion-a-year industry.


Graham Pearson is one of the world’s leading scientists in diamond studies whose pioneering work has revolutionized our understanding of when and where diamonds form. He holds a Canada Research Chair, is director of the Diamond Exploration and Research Training School (DERTS), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Pearson developed the first quantitative fingerprinting technology to determine the geographical origin of a diamond, which has implications for markets that rely on the export and sale of “conflict diamonds.” He has participated in expert committees on conflict diamonds for both the European Science Foundation and the National Security Council in the United States.


Date and Time

May 19, 2021 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)



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