Monday, 8 November 2010

Biohydromet '10 -day1

A cool and cloudy morning. Jon opened the conference, thanking our sponsor, Gold Fields, and welcoming the 57 delegates from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Kazakstan, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and UK.

He then introduced our consultant, Prof. Sue Harrison, of University of Cape Town, who stressed the growing significance of Biohydrometallurgy, in terms of sustainability, remediation, and conservation of energy and water resources. She also noted the truly international nature of the conference, with 15 countries represented, and many of the papers having co-authors from more than one country. Copper, nickel and uranium dominate the conference, but there are also papers on gold, zinc, chromium, strontium and hafnium. The full programme can be viewed here.

After a full day of 14 oral presentations, and poster displays, the general opinion was that this had been a fine start to the conference, and we look forward to tomorrow's 15 presentations. I invite delegates to add their own comments to the blog, as we would like to have your opinions on the proceedings.

1 comment:

  1. Bio & Hydromet 2010 was a great conference. The standard of the presentations was generally very good, and everyone had obviously been reading Barry's comments on time-keeping as every session finished a few minutes early. This is usually unheard of!

    For me personally this was a great opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and friends and led to some very fruitful discussions on future collaborations. With the pace of life being what it is, and the truly international aspect to all things Biohydro it is such a pleasure to be able to sit down and have a leisurely, though enthusiastic, conversation with like-minded groups and individuals. Long may it continue.

    Here's to Falmouth 2012!

    Chris

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