The present thematic issue of The Canadian Mineralogist is a collection of 29 original research papers about the petrology, geochemistry, or mineralogy of deposits of the platinum-group elements (PGE). Most of these articles were presented orally at the 9th International Platinum Symposium that was held in Billings, Montana, USA, from July 25th to 29th, 2002. This highly successful meeting was organized by Roger Cooper, and attracted 204 participants from 19 countries. Field trips organized by Roger Cooper, Mike Zientek, Alan Boudreau, Moe Lavigne, Stu McCallum, Bill Meurer and Bruce Lipin were instrumental to the success of the meeting, which was...

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