Sunday, 16 September 2018

Conference nostalgia: Minerals Engineering '98 in Edinburgh

The XXIXth International Mineral Processing Congress begins today in Moscow, and we wish them well.
Barbara and Amanda at registration
Twenty years ago today Minerals Engineering '98 drew to a close at the Stakis Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland.   I organised this with CSM Associates, the consultancy wing of Camborne School of Mines, and it was also the first of these conferences attended by Amanda, who was working on her PhD at Birmingham University - 4 months later we formed MEI.
The 8th Minerals Engineering conference was sponsored by Eimco Process Equipment and Knelson Concentrators, now both merged with MEI's regular conference sponsor FLSmidth. The third sponsor was Australia's CSIRO. There were 123 registered delegates, representing 25 countries, and Prof. Jim Finch gave the opening keynote lecture on "Innovations and future trends in flotation cell design".
I am sure you will recognise many of the faces in the photos below, taken at the social events, which included a golf tournament at the St. Andrews Jubilee Course, and Highland Malt Whisky tasting at the Glenturret Distillery.
Peter Radziszewski, John & Cindy Herbst and Barbara
Dinner at Prestonfield House
Conference golf tournament at St. Andrews
With keynote lecturer Jim Finch
Hylke Glass, Mark Sampson, Amanda, Leon Lorenzen and Pauline Veasey at Falkland Palace
Visit to Scotland's oldest distillery, Glenturret
After the conference Barbara and I took a brief tour of this amazingly beautiful country:
Urquart Castle, Loch Ness
Glen Affric
Glen Affric


  1. Such an exciting journey; Barry you keep on reminding that mineral engineer should be enjoy nature apart from his profession--yes, ore deposits are are there--so serene and peaceful to sharpen the grey cells.
    Bless you and Barbara.

  2. I just narrowly missed this conference though gearedup with all but some how missing..
    Hope to make it next time.
    Rama murthy


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