The keynote lecture, "Process mineralogy of unconventional mineral deposits - examples of applications and challenges" will be given by Dr Kurt Aasly, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dept of Geoscience and Petroleum, Norway.
Kurt received his M.Sc. degree in Resource Geology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree also in Resource Geology from NTNU in 2008.
Kurt has experience as an exploration geologist for base metals and Au in Norway and at Greenland. His Ph.D. project was “Properties and behavior of quartz for silicon process” He continued his work related to quartz within Elkem between 2008 and 2012. Since 2012, Kurt has been an associate professor at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU. His main field of research and teaching is within process mineralogy and geometallurgy. Industrial minerals and iron oxides are main focus. Kurt is also the project manager of the NRC funded MarMine project, which focuses on technological challenges related to exploitation of SMS deposits from the extended Norwegian continental shelf. He has also been in the management group of the InRec project (geometallurgy) where he was WP leader of two WPs. Currently, he is developing a new electron microscopy lab at the department as WP leader in the national infrastructure project MiMaC (Norwegian Laboratory for Mineral and Materials Characterization). The WP is responsible for establishing a new EPMA and automated mineralogy equipment.
Kurt will from July 2019 spend a one year sabbatical as Visiting Academic at the JKMRC in Brisbane, Australia.