Sunday, 8 November 2015

Final Calls for Abstracts: Biohydrometallurgy '16 and Sustainable Minerals '16

MEI's Biohydrometallurgy '16 and Sustainable Minerals '16, sponsored by Outotec, will run back to back in Falmouth, Cornwall, next June. If you would like to present a paper at either of these conferences, short abstracts should be submitted no later than the end of next month. All papers from the conferences will be considered for publication in special issues of Minerals Engineering after peer-review.

Biohydromet '16 will focus on the latest developments in the field of biohydrometallurgy: the development, optimisation and application of integrated biomining process operations for mineral ores, including low grade and complex ores; the microbiology of biomining and the application of biohydrometallurgy to novel resources (such as mine and electronic wastes) and the (bio)remediation of mining-impacted environments. Dr. Dave Dew of Dewality Consultants Ltd, UK will present a keynote lecture on limitations to the commercial application of biohydrometallurgy for the treatment of base metal sulfide concentrates (see posting of 20 April) and Frank Roberto of Newmont has provisionally agreed to present a keynote reviewing Newmont’s experiences in developing refractory whole-ore biooxidation for gold.

The rapid growth of the world economy is straining the sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources due to modern society’s extensive use of metals, materials and products. An astute and conscious application and use of metals, materials and products supported by the reuse and recycling of these materials and end-of-life products is imperative to the preservation of the Earth’s resources. The realisation of the ambitions of sustainable use of metals, materials and resources demands that the different disciplines of the material and consumer product system are connected and harmonised and Sustainable Minerals '16 will discuss all aspects of material and metal usage. Prof. Robin Batterham, Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne will present a keynote lecture "The mine of the future - even more sustainable" which will show how sustainability is something that is ever important but not necessarily easy to progress (posting of April 13th). The second keynote lecture "Best practice in efficient mineral processing – comminution energy curves" will be given by Mike Battersby, a Director of the Coalition for Eco Efficient Comminution (CEEC) (posting of April 27th).  Mike is the co-founder and Managing Director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd based in Cardiff, Wales, a company that has been providing award winning innovative solutions in mineral processing for over 18 years.

We look forward to seeing you. June is a great time to be in Cornwall, with its very long summer evenings and stunning scenery......

....and great pubs and restaurants:

Biohydromet '12 delegates at the Chain Locker pub in old Falmouth


  1. Looking forward to presenting this Keynote at Sustainable Minerals '16. There is some tremendous analysis currently being generated by the CEEC team with respect to data provided by mining companies globally to develop the industry comminution energy curves. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the CEEC website ( and arrange for your mining companies crushing and grinding data to be entered into the database.

    1. Thanks Mike. Just looking at the abstracts received for Comminution ‘16 and see that Grant Ballantyne will be presenting a paper on the CEEC comminution energy curves


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