Monday, 29 June 2020

Calls for Abstracts: Physical Separation '21 and Integration, Optimisation & Design of Mineral Processing Circuits '21

This is now postponed to June 2022

Beautiful Falmouth

We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Falmouth next June, for two conferences running back to back, one a popular established event, the other a brand new exciting conference. Both will be held at Falmouth's National Maritime Museum.
The National Maritime Museum by Falmouth harbour

Physical Separation '19 was the first event to be held in the Maritime Museum, and was so successful that Physical Separation '21 has been assigned three days, June 7-9, to include a conference dinner at the Greenbank Hotel, with its stunning views over the Penryn River and Falmouth harbour. I also look forward to showing delegates some of the historic mining sites of Cornwall on the final afternoon.

The Greenbank Hotel on the bank of the Penryn River
Camborne mining district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Physical Separation '21 will be MEI's 7th physical separation conference and abstracts are invited from those with interests in 
  • Gravity concentration methods - single and multi-G separators and dense medium separation
  • Classification techniques - hydrocyclones, air classifiers etc.
  • Solid-Liquid Separation - thickeners, clarifiers etc.
  • Electronic Sorting
  • Magnetic and electrostatic separation
  • Microwave technology. There are many aspects of mineral processing where the use of microwaves has potential and papers dealing with the enhancement of physical processes by microwaves are encouraged.

We are please to announce our early sponsor, Bunting, media partners International Mining and Imformed, and industry associates the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) and the Cornwall Mining Alliance.
International Mining and Cornwall Mining Alliance are also media partner and industry associate respectively for our new conference, IntegratedMinPro '21, and we welcome as our first sponsor Promet 101.
As the demand for resources continues to increase, and amidst growing challenges of processing complex ores while minimising energy and environmental impact, we are entering an exciting time for innovation in mineral processing. Innovation in individual unit operations is complemented by innovative approaches to the entire mineral processing flowsheet, from rearrangement of an existing circuit to a new approach for a greenfield development.
This two-day conference (June 10-11) invites papers on new approaches to mineral processing circuits, whether through design, modelling, optimisation or operation. This includes optimisation and integration of unit operations (e.g. comminution and flotation), novel flowsheets that incorporate new equipment and new approaches to optimising circuit design.
As with all MEI Conferences, the first day at both events will end with a chance to unwind with a guided walk along the coast path via Henry VIII's 16th century Tudor Castle, for refreshments in Falmouth's 16th century Chain Locker pub.
Physical Separation '17 delegates on the Falmouth coastal path
The famous Chain Locker pub
If you would like to present papers at either, or both, of these events, please submit your short abstracts by the end of December (full details on the conference websites). If accepted, draft papers will be required. These will form the unrefereed Proceedings, which will be available to delegates at the conference. Copyright on these papers belongs to the individual authors, and not to MEI.
Authors will be invited to submit final papers as soon as possible after the conference. These will be refereed, and, if accepted, published immediately in the first available regular issue of Minerals Engineering, and included in the Virtual Special Issue of the conference on ScienceDirect. This is an ideal opportunity to present your work to an international audience and have your paper published in a refereed journal of high repute.
Updates on each conference can be found at #PhysicalSeparation21 and #IntegratedMinPro21.


  1. It is nice to note that you are planning for activities in 2001--positive signal and I am sure you would have tremendous response--all in the profession must be looking forward to present developments in such diversifies area of separation processes.
    I hope some in the area of dry separation of fine particle will be there- with ores getting leaner, water becoming a scarce commodity, I am sure that many researchers and industries would come out with a paradigm shift in our approach.
    Compliments to sponsors and wish you and our fraternity all the best.

  2. Read 2021 instead of 2001 in my comment pl

  3. Looking forward for the next conferences! Hopefully we will be able to attend it in person!
    Priscila Esteves, Steinert, Brazil


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