A 24-HOUR event touring the WORLD to stay in the loop with recent advances in MINERAL RESOURCES engineering and to welcome NEW TALENTS

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WELCOME to Freiberg by hosts Urs Peuker (TUBAF) and Jens Gutzmer (HIF)  .
"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future", and only by exploring the singularities of each fellow shall a group triumph. In the raw materials sector, our bulk-based approach of understanding and forecasting mineral separation processes has allowed for reasonably successful operations up to now. Yet, future holds new challenges for us: the complexity of our raw materials sources rises swiftly. In Freiberg we are shifting from the bulk- to a single-particle-based understanding and forecasting of the raw materials value chain.
EMERALD PORTRAITS and pitches on "particles"
Raimon Tolosana Delgado (HIF, Freiberg) - Particle-based predictive geometallurgy
Anelda Van Staden (Teck, Vancouver) - why geometallurgy matters to Teck?
PANEL DISCUSSION: Anelda van Staden (Teck), Raimon Tolosana (HIF), Jens Gutzmer (HIF), Thomas Leissner (TUBAF), Sindy Fuhrmann (TUBAF)
WELCOME to Nancy by host prof. Lev Filippov, Head of the Mineral Engineering team from the Georessources Laboratory, University of Lorraine.
This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities related to Energy Metals. With the decarbonization of the global society, other energy sources such as nuclear will be essential to this transition, is therefore vital to understand the challenges and opportunities related with the exploration of Uranium. Decarbonization will also boost the electric vehicle market, and therefore it is vital to understand the social and economic importance of lithium in the European context.
Patrick Ledru (Orano Industrial Chair position at the University of Lorraine) - Exploring and mining Uranium, challenges and opportunities
Luis Chambel (Sinese)
Patrick Ledru (Orano Industrial Chair position at the University of Lorraine) - Luis Chambel ( Sinese) - Lev Filippov (UL)
WELCOME to São Paulo by host Renato Contessotto (Poli - USP)
The São Paulo stop will bring into the discussion “how can we deliver process mineralogy data to improve a Geomet model”? We will present one of the most important process mineralogy laboratory of Brazil (LCT), which is a process mineralogy data provider, and discuss with two qualified people from global mining companies that apply those data into the "real world".
Carina Ulsen (Poli - USP)
Célio Pereira Marques ( Largo Resources)
Fernando Villanova (Nexa resources)
Carina Ulsen (Poli - USP), Célio Pereira Marques (Largo Resources), Renato Contessotto (Poli - USP)
WELCOME to New York by host Karin Olson Hoal, Wold Family Professor in Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability ( Cornell University)
This session will explore the links between geomet and business outcomes from the diverse perspectives of geology, metallurgy, investors and lenders. Understanding the nature of materials has the ability to reduce some of the uncertainties and technical risks in projects such that better predictions of stakeholder gains can be potentially realized. Geomet plays a key part in the future of the minerals industry.
Drew Reidl, Cornell Center for Global Sustainable Enterprise, Cornell University
Steve Williams, Blue Coast Research, Vancouver
Matt Rosales, ING Capital LLC, New York
Anthony O’Sullivan, DeepGreen Metals, Vancouver
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can business better integrate geomet?
WELCOME to Brisbane by hosts Cathy Evans and Elaine Wightman (Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre - University of Queensland)
This session provides the opportunity to hear perspectives from both research and industry on how geometallugy is applied in practice and how research activities contribute to this.
Dr Louisa O'Connor (Rio Tinto, Western Australia) - Industry and Academia: From Research to Practice
Craig McClung (Rio Tinto, Utah) - Geometallurgy: translating research into practice at Rio Tinto
Dr Pia Lois Morales (Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre - UQ, Queensland) - Development of a geometallurgical approach for comminution using primary breakage properties
Rocio Vargas Soto (W H Bryant Mining & Geology Research Centre -UQ, Queensland) - Comminution proxies using hyperspectral imaging and multi-element geochemistry
WELCOME to Manila by host Dr Kate Tungpalan (University of the Philippines)
The session aims to present a brief overview of the small-scale mining in the context of Philippine communities, livelihood and culture. This includes the associated risks to people in terms of health and safety, as well as the risk to the environment. There will also be a presentation on the initiative of the government in helping the small-scale mining communities.
Dr Gernelyn Logrosa (Malayan Colleges Mindanao)
Prof. Herman Mendoza (University of the Philippines)
WELCOME to Perth by host Dr Erick Ramanaidou and Dr. Nishka Piechocka (CSIRO, Mineral Resources)
Iron ore is a one of the most significant commodities on planet earth and Australia is the top exporter by far. The iron ore price has increased in 2020 reaching more than US$120 a tonne despite the global economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The iron ore price increase is the consequence of continuing supply interruptions in Brazil and strong demand in China. Australian export volumes are expected to grow from 860 million tonnes in 2019–20 (A$102 billion) to 905 million tonnes by 2021–22. To sustain this level of production, it is vital that new resources are discovered, properly characterised, and beneficiated. This session on Iron Ore in Australia will showcase a range of methodologies that addresses these themes, for instance: (1) implicit 3D geological modelling, using the innovative map2loop software, of the Hamersley Province, the main geographic area where 95% of Australia iron ores are located, provides a novel 3D stratigraphic and structural model at iron ore formation level of the entire Hamersley Basin; (2) despite the simple mineralogy of many iron ores, the geometallurgical characteristics (i.e., texture and hardness), not grade alone, determine the economic value of an iron ore deposit, therefore, iron ore resource characterisation is essential for a better understanding of an iron ore deposit; (3) iron ore characterisation has improved drastically in the last few years by the development of infrared spectroscopy and machine learning systems that provide information relating to mineralogical and geometallurgical properties; and, (4) the importance of iron ore processing will be addressed by showing some of the beneficiation solutions that improve grade and geometallurgical properties such as crushing, screening, grinding and concentrating but also minimising impurities such as Al2O3, SiO2 and P2O5.
Dr. Nishka Piechocka (CSIRO) - 3D Modelling of the iron ore-rich Hamersley Province using Map to Loop
Dr. John Clout (Mining Companies Consultant) - Resource Characterisation of Iron Ores
Dr. John Carter(Manager of Bureau Veritas) - Infrared Spectral Analysis and Machine earning for the Mineralogical Characterisation of Iron Ores
Dr. Mark Pownceby (CSIRO Acad.) - Iron Ore Processing
WELCOME to Helsinki by host prof. Alan R. Butcher (Geological Survey of Finland - GTK)
Prof Simon Michaux (GTK)  - the global outlook for battery minerals
Dr. Quentin Dehaine (GTK)  - geometallurgy of cobalt-bearing ores
Dr Yann Lahaye (GTK) - isotopes for tracing mineral-based products
Dr Sari Lukkari (GTK) - novel geochemical attributes of Finnish lithium pegmatites
Dr Ian Corfe (GTK) - how 3D imaging is revolutionizing the way we look at battery minerals
WELCOME to Luleå by hosts Prof. Jan Rosenkranz and Dr. Yousef Ghorbani (Luleå University of Technology)
The Nordic mining industry has been very active during the last years. New mines have opened, existing mines have been extended. Exploration, mine development and production are ongoing, making a significant contribution to Europe’s minerals and metals supply.
Given the geology of the Fennoscandian shield, the Nordic countries share a lot of similarities with regard to metallogeny. Unlocking the mineral potential in the most efficient way has recently been based on the concepts of geometallurgy, an interdisciplinary approach that integrates geology, mining, and metallurgy.
Aligned with the ”Minerals in the Loop” seminar, a series of virtual talks and interactive activities are organized by the research subjects Mineral Processing and Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology. Talks are given by experts from both industry and academia, thus providing the opportunity to explore Swedish and Finnish mining operations, mine projects, and research facilities.
Pertti Lamberg ( Anglo American Finland) - Geometallurgical aspects of the Sakatti Ni-Cu-PGE deposit, Sodankylä Finland
Kari Niiranen ( LKAB) - A new focus on process mineralogy / geometallurgy at LKAB
Nils Jansson ( LTU) - The link between geometallurgy and exploration
Yousef Ghorbani (LTU) -  X-ray microcomputed tomography as a potential tool in geometallurgy – Moving toward quick 3D and non-destructive characterization
Tobias Bauer: Virtual technologies in Geosciences and Virtual Field Trip
WELCOME to Cape Town by host prof. Megan Becker and prof. Jochen Petersen  (University of Cape Town)
South Africa - host to one of the world’s largest gold deposits ever known, one of the first locations for industrial scale implementation of cyanidation and where the mining industry fast tracked development in the country. But all the glamour comes at a cost … Join as we explore the Witwatersrand Basin, we consider processing opportunities for gold beyond large scale cyanidation, we look at the role of mineralogy in securing the gold supply chain, and we think about the cost of the industry to the communities and the environment.
Dr Glen Nwaila (University of the Witwatersrand) - Introduction to SA gold ores with a focus on the Witwatersrand gold deposits
Dr Thandazile Moyo (University of Cape Town) - Processing of gold ores – from primary, reprocessed to recycled
Prof. Robert Schouwstra (University of Cape Town) - Fingerprinting of precious metals to support combating the illicit trade
Prof. Jenny Broadhurst (University of Cape Town) -Gold mining, communities, and the environment
Dr Glen Nwaila (University of the Witwatersrand), Dr Thandazile Moyo (University of Cape Town), Prof. Robert Schouwstra (University of Cape Town) , Prof. Jenny Broadhurst (University of Cape Town) and prof. Megan Becker (University of Cape Town) .
Welcome to Liège by host Eric Pirard (University of Liège)
From atomic probes to spaceborne platforms geologists have access to a wide range of sensors to help them capture the complex nature of their environment. Big datasets allow them to obtain digital twins of tiny grains but also hand samples, cores and even full outcrops. The latest developments in image processing and deep learning techniques are already overcoming human capabilities to measure rock flows and identify minerals. Where will it stop ? What is the future of digitization in mining and exploration? Which minerals intelligence do we need to develop? Here are a few questions that will be addressed during this session with contributions from experts in the field of quantitative microscopy, core scanning and industrial vision.
Pedro Simoes Teixeira Mendes (ULiège) - Geological drill-hole domaining: a machine learning approach using multiple data sources
Carlos García Pina (DMT) - ANCORELOG: the future of analytical core-scanning for optimal resource characterization
Christian Burlet (Geological Survey of Belgium) - ROBOMINERS “digestive mineralogy”: towards autonomous selective mining with new spectroscopic tools.
Arpit Parmar (METHEORE): A 3D way to measure”: Real-time monitoring of material flows in mining operations.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Eric Pirard (ULiège), Christian Burlet (Geological Survey of Belgium), Pedro Simoes Teixeira Mendes (ULiège), Carlos García Pina (DMT), Pierre Barnabé (ULiège)...
WELCOME by EIT Raw Materials, University presidents and EMerald program director.
3-min pitches by EMerald graduates
Dee bradshaw award
Graduation Ceremony