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Minerals Research in UK Universities
London, UK, December 15-16, 2009

A two day conference on minerals research in UK universities was held at the Royal School of Mines in London on 15th and 16th December, 2009. The conference, which was organized by the International Mining and Minerals Association (IMMa), provided an opportunity for post-graduate research students to make short presentations on their thesis research topics to an audience of their peers and representatives from the minerals industry. The objectives of the conference were to help students hone their presentational skills and to interact with other minerals research groups, as well as to publicise themselves and their work to potential employers.

The scope of the conference was broad, covering all aspects of minerals production, including applied earth science, mining technology, mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and environmental protection. The event followed a series of previous similar conferences, organized for several years by partnerships between academia and the minerals industry, which so proved the value of the basic concept that the IMMa has taken up responsibility for its organization.

There was a full two day programme of 24 papers presented by research students and 4 keynote lectures given by invited academic and industrial experts. There were 50 registrants, with representation from seven universities: Imperial College (RSM), Exeter (CSM), Kingston, Leeds, Bangor, Cambridge, and Nottingham. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsoring companies and organisations, registration for the students was free. The presentations were all of excellent quality and the conference showed that research into minerals-related subjects is vibrant and diverse in UK universities.

The conference programme and abstracts of the presentations can be downloaded from the IMMa website <www.imma.uk.com>, but full presentations in pdf format are available to IOM3 members only.

John Monhemius, Imperial College, UK




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