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The first keynote lecture, "Comminution in 2068 - will SAG mills still be relevant?" will be presented by Prof. Holger Lieberwirth of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.

Holger Lieberwirth studied in Dresden and Kiev in mechanical engineering with a focus on mining machinery. Between 1989 and 2013 he held technical and management positions with equipment manufacturers supplying mainly to the resource industry. Projects spanned the whole world from Freeport, Indonesia, to Syncrude, Canada. Since 2013 he has been Professor at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, and director of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines.


Holger Lieberwirth

The second keynote lecture, "Superior comminution circuit performance: integrating classification during design is the key" will be given by Prof. Aubrey Mainza, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Aubrey Mainza is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT). He graduated from UCT with a PhD in 2006. He has 18 years of collective experience in academia, research and industry. He is the Deputy Director and Head of Comminution and Classification Research in the Centre for Minerals Research, which is a large multi-disciplinary research centre. His research areas include comminution and classification and uses Discrete Element Method (DEM), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) as tools in his modelling methods. He has participated in many local and international research projects and has worked on numerous comminution circuit design and optimisation projects. He is an active supervisor of postgraduate students and has published widely in the international mineral processing and aligned disciplines literature. He is the chairperson for the International Comminution Researchers Association African Chapter and committee member the Western Cape Branch of the Southern Africa Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Aubrey is on many advisory committees for international conferences. He is a founder member of PEPT Cape Town, a facility established in Cape Town for studying flow behaviour in different systems and also for medical research.


Aubrey Mainza





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