Sunday, 5 April 2009

SRCR '09- Day 2

The degree of interest in a conference can usually be judged by the final day attendance, and this morning we had a full complement, and were also joined by our sole Russian delegate. Later in the morning our 3 delegates from the Islamic Azad University in Iran arrived, after a 24 hour delay at Johannesburg airport!! The only no-show has been an author from the Anhui University, China, who unfortunately had two papers accepted for presentation.

This morning's session continued with the theme of sustainability with Sue Harrison of UCT showing how sustainability should be adopted and taught in the mineral engineering curriculum. This was followed by papers from Japan and Brazil.

Following the morning coffee break the final session contained eight papers on recycling and waste processing, by authors from The Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and Finland. The 14 posters were also appreciated, providing focal points during the coffee breaks. The poster authors represented Iran, Japan, UK, Korea, Brazil and South Africa.

The general impression has been that the conference was of great topical interest, and delegates appreciated its eclectic nature and the opportunity to meet people from widely differing backgrounds. A decision was made to run the event biennially, and SRCR '11 will be held in Falmouth, UK in May 2011.

The Proceedings of SRCR '09 are available on CD-ROM, and selected papers will be peer-reviewed for a special issue of Minerals Engineering, which will be guest edited by Profs. Markus Reuter and Kari Heiskanen. Kari is also the editor of International Journal of Mineral Processing.

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