Introduction. Part I: Processes and Indicators in Organic-Metal Interaction. 1. Alteration and migration processes of organic matter in hydrothermal systems and implications for metallogenesis; B.R.T. Simoneit. 2. Paragenesis of gold- and hydrocarbon-bearing fluids in gold deposits; J. Parnell, A. McCready. 3. Trace elements and Sr isotope composition of waters from the Great Artesian Basin of Australia: Implications for the formation of ore deposits and hydrocarbon resources; M. Gasparon, K.D. Collerson. Part II: Proterozoic Organic / Metal Associations. 1. Nature of organic matter in the early Proterozoic, earliest life forms and metal associations; M. Glikson, D. Taylor. 2. Organic and mineral matter in a Precambrian Shungite deposit from Karelia, Russia; M. Mastalerz, et al. 3. Influence of basin fill architecture on fluid flow and ore genesis in the Mount Isa Basin, northern Australia; B. McConachie, et al. 4. Metallogenesis and hydrocarbon generation in northern Mount Isa Basin, Australia; implications for ore grade mineralization; M. Glikson, et al. Part III: Palaeozoic: Hydrothermal Systems and Sediment-Hosted Ore Bodies. 1. Volcanic and post-volcanic (hydrothermal) activity in an intra-Sudetic basin, SW Poland: Implications for mineralization; K. Mastalerz, M. Mastalerz. 2. Organic matter and metal enrichment in black shales of the Illinois Basin, U.S.A.; E. Ripley, N.R. Shaffer. 3. Organic matter from Zechstein copper deposits (Kupferschiefer) in Poland; Z. Sawlowicz, A.P. Gize. 4. Metalloporphyrin composition and a model for earlydiagenetic mineralization of the Permian Kupferschiefer, SW Poland; F. Czechowski. 5. The carbonate-hosted base-metal sulphide Polaris deposit in the Canadian Arctic: Organic matter alteration and clay diagenesis; Y. Heraux. 6. Nature and source of carbonate mineralisation in coals, Eastern Australia; S.D. Golding, et al. 7. Minerals in coal; J.D. Saxby. 8. Mineralisation in eastern Australian coals: A function of oil generation and primary migration; M. Glikson, et al. Part IV: Mesozoic &endash; Tertiary to Recent. 1. Implications of hydrocarbons in gold-bearing epithermal systems, selected examples from the Canadian Cordillera; M. Mastalerz, et al. 2. The association of gold-mercury mineralization and hydrocarbons in the coastal ranges of northern California; R. Sherlock. 3. Thermal history of selected sedimentary basins in an island: Evidence from organic matter and fluid inclusion; J. Aizawa. 4. Nano-bacteria, fiction or fact; P. Uwins, et al. Part V: Summary / Future Directions; M. Glikson, M. Mastalerz.