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SME Annual Meeting
Cincinnati, USA, February 24-26, 2003

The meeting and exhibition took place at the Cincinnati Convention Center, a spacious and excellent facility connected to the major hotels in the immediate vicinity by “skywalk”. The meeting actually started by a reception on Sunday evening of February 23. Monday morning was devoted to plenary lectures as well as technical sessions while the afternoon the opening of the exhibition which included a reception. There was over 400 technical presentations and about 2,500 participants. A directory of participants and their addresses was available during the conference, as well as a CD containing the pre-prints of the presentations (included in the registration fee).

Of the 67 sessions held, the following were of particular interest.
Solution Mining: Bio-oxidation, Fundamentals, Practices
Contributions from Museums to Better Public Understanding of Mining and Mineral Industries
Mineral Investment in Africa and the Middle East
The Americas
Innovations in Industrial Minerals Process Technology
Metallurgical Processing: Pyrometallurgy
Metallurgical Processing: Hydrometallurgy

Naturally, there were sessions on crushing and grinding, geochemistry, geology, coal mining, surface mining, underground mining, geomechanics, construction materials, industrial mineralogy, and many more.

Cincinnati on the Ohio River has an excellent Historical Museum that tells the story of the city in a very attractive way. Crossing the river to Newport in Kentucky is an interesting shopping experience. The conference was well organized, thanks to the efforts of the numerous volunteers and the devoted SME personnel. Next SME conference will take place at Denver, Colorado February 23-25, 2004.

Fathi Habashi, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada, Fathi.habashi@gmn.ulaval.ca




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