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Mineral Engineering Conference (MEC2013)
Lower Silesia, Poland, September 16-19, 2013


The Mineral Engineering Conference (MEC2013) was held between the 16th and 19th of September 2013. It consisted of 50th Physical Problems of Mineral Processing Symposium and 18th International Conference of Mineral Processing. The 50th symposium on Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing was dedicated to Dr. Janusz Laskowski, the founder of the symposium and the journal bearing the same name. The celebration coincided with the release of the 50th volume of the Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing journal.

The main MEC2013 organizer was the Laboratory of Mineral Processing being part of the Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology at Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw. The Minerals Engineering International (MEi) was the media partner of the conference. During the conference we also celebrated the 15th anniversary of foundation of the Division of Concentrator (Oddzial Zaklady Wzbogacania Rud, O/ZWR) of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. and 80th birthday of Dr. Jerzy Sablik, Professor Emeritus of Mineral Engineering, Central Mining Institute in Katowice, Poland. The conference took place in a gorgeous hotel Bialy Kamien in a beautiful spa town Swieradow Zdroj (Lower Silesia Province, Poland).

The sponsors and co-organizers of MEC2013 were KGHM Polska Miedz SA, AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Environmental Engineering and Mineral Processing, Silesian University of Technology, Department of Mineral Processing and Waste Treatment and Committee of Mining of Polish Academy of Sciences, Section of Mineral Raw Materials Utilization.

There were 132 participants (with accompanying person), including 29 foreign guests from 12 countries (Turkey, Canada, USA, Egypt, Japan, Finland, Great Britain, Chile, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Algeria) and 103 persons from Poland. The delegates represented 52 different institutions. The conference was opened by the vice-Rector of the Wroclaw University of Technology Dr. Jerzy Walendziewski together with Dr. Wojciech Ciezkowski, the Dean of the Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology, Wroclaw University of Technology and Dr. Wojciech Kedzia, vice-president of KGHM. A special speech about the beginnings and present of the conference and journal were presented by Dr. Janusz Laskowski, honorary chairman of the conference, and by Dr. Andrzej Luszczkiewicz, the chairman of MEC2013.

The first Plenary lectures were delivered by Janusz Laskowski (Concentrated electrolytes in mineral processing circuits), Hylke J. Glass (Geometallurgy - a new frontier in minerals engineering), David Dreisinger (New developments in atmospheric and pressure leaching of copper ores and concentrates), Corby Anderson (The kinetics, design and operation of industrial NSC POX copper and non-cyanide hydrometallurgical silver production), and David Dixon (Latest developments in the catalytic leaching of copper sulphides).

The second Plenary session was dedicated to 15th anniversary of foundation of the Division of Concentrator group of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. and KGHM International. Six lectures on various technological issues of copper ore processing at plants in the KGHM group, prepared by technologists were presented at this session.

There were 48 oral presentations delivered in the sessions called Mineral Processing, Hydrometallurgy, Physicochemical Aspects of Mineral Processing, Properties of Mineral Materials, Environmental Aspects of Mineral Processing, and New Topics in Mineral Processing and also 18 posters.

A part of the conference was a visit to KGHM copper and salt mines as well to the KGHM copper concentrator sponsored by Dr. Andrzej Konieczny, director of the Division of Concentrator of KGHM.

The papers delivered during the conference either have already been published or are in press in the Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing journal (vol. 49 (2) 2013 and 50(1) 2014, ISSN 1643-1049, www.minproc.pwr.wroc.pl/journal/papers.html and Proceedings of the MEC2013 Conference (ISBN 978-83-937788-2-9). The next MEC2014 conference will be held in September 2014 somewhere in the beautiful Beskidy Mountains in Poland. All of you are welcome to the next year conference. See you there.

Andrzej Luszczkiewicz, Wroclaw University of Technology andrzej.luszczkiewicz@pwr.wroc.pl ; Jan Drzymala, Wroclaw University of Technology jan.drzymala@pwr.wroc.pl

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