An Advanced Study Institute (ASI) is a high-level teaching activity where a carefully defined subject is treated in depth by lecturers of international standing, and new advances in a subject, not taught elsewhere, are reported in tutorial form. The teaching in ASIs is aimed at scientists at the postdoctoral level with an appropriate scientific background who wish to learn of recent developments in their fields of science.
Each of the ASIs had a duration of 2-weeks in order to give adequate time for the development of a topic and allow for sufficient interaction between the scientists.
I attended both of these ASIs, being co-organiser of that in Falmouth, and it would be interesting to know what became of the lecturers of “international standing” who contributed to these events.
In this posting, I will look at the 1984 ASI, Mineral Processing Design, which was held on a mountain top above Bursa in Turkey . It was the first conference that I ever attended, and certainly the only conference where I have attended all the presentations! It was particularly memorable as I made some life-time contacts at the meeting, but others I have totally lost contact with, and would like your comments if you know what became of them.
|The NATO ASI group at Bursa, Turkey, 1984|
|Delegates with NATO lecturers Bill Petruk (4th left),|
Gulhan Ozbayoglu (5th left) and Martin Parker (far right)
I have vivid memories of a hard drinking session with Gordon, and another of the NATO lecturers, Dick Burt, during a weekend break from the conference in Istanbul. Dick I had met 10 years earlier when we were both interviewed for the post of lecturer in mineral processing at Camborne School of Mines. At that time he worked for a Cornish mining equipment manufacturer, but later moved into tantalum processing in Canada, and co-authored a book ‘Gravity Concentration Technology’. I met him again 10 years later at Minerals Engineering ’94 in Lake Tahoe, but would love to know what he is doing now.
|In Istanbul with NATo lecturers S. Raghavan (far left),|
Cornelius Ek (4th left),Dick Burt (5th left) and Gordon Agar (6th left)
|Gulhan Ozbayoglu (far right) at last year's IMPC|