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The first keynote lecture, "When Scientists and Engineers Talk Ė Lessons from the Oil Industry and Applications to Mining" will be given by Prof Alan R Butcher of the Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo, Finland.

Alan is professor of geomaterials and applied mineralogy at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). He has spent the last 20 years developing automated mineralogical techniques for the mining, geoscience & petroleum sectors, where he has gained much experience in examining rocks of commercial importance. Prior to this, Alan was a lecturer in igneous petrology & course director of the MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.

Alanís current research interests lie in areas of cross-disciplinary geomaterial research, whereby engineers and scientists work closely together in collaborative teams, and use their combined experiences and skills to solve common challenges. This is a practice he has learnt, to great effect, from his time spent working with geophysicists, reservoir engineers and reservoir quality geologists, on petroleum industry projects, whilst he was at FEI Company. Alanís work typically involves multi-scale, multi-dimensional studies (2D, 3D and 4D analysis) of minerals, rocks & man-made materials using integrated electron-, ion-, x-ray- & laser-beam technologies.


Alan Butcher


The second keynote lecture, "Common problems - and progress towards solutions - in the process mineralogy of rare earths" will be given by Prof Frances Wall of the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.

Frances is Professor of Applied Mineralogy at Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter, UK. She has a BSc in Geochemistry and PhD from the University of London and worked on petrology and applied mineralogy at the Natural History Museum, London before joining CSM in 2007. Research interests include the geology, applied mineralogy, processing, and responsible sourcing of critical raw materials. Frances currently leads two large international projects: SoS RARE (www.sosrare.org) and HiTech AlkCarb (www.carbonatites.eu), was Head of CSM from 2008-2014, and was named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2016.


Frances Wall



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