Monday, 18 July 2016
MEI's next conference is Process Mineralogy '17, the 4th conference in this series, to be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, from March 20-22 2017. As always the conference is attracting major corporate support from the leading players in this field
Process Mineralogy '14 had a fine technical programme, and we are hoping for a similar high calibre programme in 2017, and are now calling for abstracts dealing with the following topics:
•Quantitative mineralogy, including both X-ray and Electron Beam Techniques
•Mineral Liberation and Textural Analysis
•Application of process mineralogy on site
•Sampling and Statistics
•Advanced Process Control
High quality papers in the oral and poster sessions will supplement the two keynote lectures, the first Reflections on the benefits and tasks ahead for Geometallurgy – from Metallurgist to Junior Miner at Pasinex Resources will be given by Steve Williams of Pasinex Resources Ltd, Canada (posting of 24th February). The second keynote lecture Process Mineralogy: An essential booster of the Circular Economy will be given by Eric Pirard of the University of Liege, Belgium (posting of 7th March).
If you would like to present a paper, short abstracts should be submitted by the end of September, and, if accepted, draft papers will be required for the unrefereed Proceedings, which will be available to delegates on a USB stick at the conference. Final papers should be submitted no later than one month after the end of the conference. These will be refereed, and, if accepted, published in a special Process Mineralogy issue of Minerals Engineering journal.
As with all MEI Conferences, networking is considered of great importance, so the technical programme will be supplemented by informal social events, including a welcoming wine reception, 'happy hours' in the Vineyard gardens and a very informal conference dinner (venue to be announced).
If you have not attended an MEI Conference in Cape Town, this 7 minute video, taken at Process Mineralogy '14, will give you some idea of what to expect.
As ores become leaner and more and more difficult to treat, process mineralogy is becoming increasingly important to meet the current technical challenges, so we hope to see as many mineral processors, both from academia and operating plants, in Cape Town next March.