Thursday, 16 November 2017

Flotation '17: Day 4

The final day of the conference, and at last the glorious view of Table Mountain from the conference centre.

More good news on Flotation '19 this morning, with the decision by Maelgwyn Mineral Services to sponsor the event. We have had very positive feedback from the exhibitors, who have been doing good business due to the increased number of operators who have attended, hopefully a sign of an upturn in the industry.

Jon with Maelgwyn Mineral Services staff
Megan Becker, MEl's Process Mineralogy '18 consultant, from the University of Cape Town, called in today, with some interesting suggestions for keynote lecturers for next year's conference. She is pictured with Jeremy Mann of AMIRA International. Megan and Jeremy are involved in the organisation of Geometallurgy '18, which will be held at the Lagoon Beach Hotel next August.

Nineteen papers were presented today, and at the end of the final session, McGill University's Jim Finch, MEI's flotation consultant, summarised the conference. He and his wife Lois have spent a great deal of time judging the student poster awards, and Jim had the pleasant task of awarding copies of the 8th edition of Mineral Processing Technology for the best presentations. Dr. Martin Rudolph, of Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Germany, accepted the Fundamentals Symposium award on behalf of his students Edgar Schach and Tom Leistner. The Applications Symposium winner was Nilce Santos, a flotation specialist at Outotec, currently studying for a PhD at University Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil. She presented two posters and one oral presentation during the week.

Nilce, Jim, Lois and Martin
Amanda Wills then formally closed the conference, inviting everyone to join us at the Vineyard Hotel again in two years time for Flotation '19, after which we adjourned to the hotel gardens for more wine and farewells!

This has been a great conference thanks to the interesting and friendly people who attended from all parts of the world. I shall be publishing a full report on the event in just over a week's time.

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  1. Yet again another great conference with some really good content. Well done again to the MEI team... And Jim Finch.

  2. Good to read the summary and your positive note on future. I see many young faces which again augurs well.
    So much more to be done which adds to the bottom line of an operating plans and these meeting of brains, I am sure will bring good directions for furtherance of quality and relevant R&D.


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