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This, the 5th International Symposium on Sustainable Minerals '18, is organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Markus Reuter and is sponsored by ZEISS. Media sponsors are International Mining and the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) are industry advocates.



The rapid growth of the world economy is straining the sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources due to modern society’s extensive use of metals, materials and products. An astute and conscious application and use of metals, materials and products supported by the reuse and recycling of these materials and end-of-life products is imperative to the preservation of the Earth’s resources. The realisation of the ambitions of sustainable use of metals, materials and resources demands that the different disciplines of the material and consumer product system are connected and harmonised. This conference will discuss all aspects of material and metal usage by considering for example (but not exclusively):

  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Clean Technology (smelting, energy recovery, hydrometallurgical, etc.)
  • Coal Wastes
  • Effluent Treatment (biological and chemical methods for water purification)
  • Energy Recovery
  • Water use and recycling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies (LCA, metrics for sustainability, LCI, etc.)
  • Industrial Applications (novel technology, new methods, breakthrough technology, etc.)
  • Legislation (REACH, Basel, Stockholm, etc.)
  • Process Control (to monitor and optimize environmental performance of plants, unit operations, furnaces)
  • Processing of Industrial Wastes (slags, chemical, flue dusts, sludges, bottom ashes, etc.)
  • Recycling of Post Consumer Materials (car recycling, waste electric and electronic equipment, plastics, paper)
  • Tailings Disposal at mine sites
  • Recycling Systems (monitoring, take-back systems, etc.)
  • Recycling Technology (separation, automatic sorting, sensors, smelting, etc.)
  • Sustainability (from an industrial as well as consumer point of view)
  • System and other models for system optimization and Sustainability prediction
  • Carbon emission controls; case studies of existing methods to reduce emissions and new technology being developed such as carbon capture and storage
  • Efforts to reduce energy consumption in mining and mineral processing operations
  • Developments in geopolymers as alternatives to conventional cements.




The first keynote lecture "Converting Fe-rich residues from metallurgical processes into novel materials: the process, the properties and some performance-based applications" will be given by Prof. Yiannis Pontikes, of KU Leuven, Belgium.

Yiannis Pontikes (1979) is a BOF-ZAP associate professor at the Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium. He is leading the Secondary Resources for Engineered Material (SREMat) research group, that consists of approximately 10 post-doctoral and postgraduate researchers. SREMat has built an expertise on the valorisation of residues towards ceramic, cement and inorganic polymer (geopolymer) formulations, from the level of binder synthesis all the way to full scale prototypes. He is in the Scientific Advisory Board of the Waste and Biomass Valorization journal, and in 2015, was one of the founders of the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, where he serves as the managing editor.

Yiannis Pontikes



The second keynote lecture "Water- crisis, conflict, resolution (?)" will be given by Prof. Robert Dunne, of Curtin University/JKMRC.

Robert was the Fellow Metallurgy at Newmont Mining Corporation before he retired at the end of 2013, prior to this he held the position of Group Executive-Metallurgy Development and Technology. Over the last 35 years Robert has worked for a number of mining companies including Newcrest Mining, Anglo American, Anglovaal and Mintek. He has authored and co-authored over 80 papers and has been an invited conference plenary speaker. Water in the mining industry has been a focus over the last 10 years and Robert has given three plenary talks on this subject. He was nominated as a SME Henry Krumb lecturer and delivered a plenary talk on water to local USA branches of the SME. He is an Adjunct Professor at both Curtin University (Gold Technology Group) and Queensland University (JKMRC).

Robert Dunne



Sustainable Minerals '18 is organised by MEI in consultation with with Prof Markus Reuter.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus A. Reuter is Director Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. He was Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland and Chief Technologist Ausmelt (2006-2015). Previously he worked for Mintek and Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. He is Honorary Professor at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) and Aalto University (Finland since 2012) as well as Professorial Fellow University of Melbourne (Australia since 2005) and Guest Professor at the Central South University (China since 2012). He was a full professor at TU Delft (Netherlands) 1996-2005.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University Liege (Belgium) for work in recycling and sustainability in metallurgy, holds a D.Eng. & PhD from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Dr. habil. from RWTH Aachen (Germany). Reuter is co-author of 2 books “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” and “Handbook of Recycling” both published by Elsevier. He is the lead author of the 2nd United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) report on Metal Recycling, >400,000 downloads. He is a 2015-2016 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer and the 2016 TMS EPD Distinguished Lecturer.
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Markus Reuter




Click to view the conference report, programme and delegate list from SRCR '09 and SRCR '11:




"My participation was the fourth to beautiful Falmouth to attend this conference [Sustainable Minerals '16], and as usual I enjoyed a lot its overall pertinence. So rendez-vous taken for Sustainable Minerals '18."
Mostafa Benzaazoua, RIME University of Quebec, Canada

"What a privilege to have been there [Sustainable Minerals '16! Yes, indeed!! I am most inspired by the calibre of the young people presenting with the variety of topics their approaches and perspectives and it really does give me hope for a sustainable future for our planet!"
Dee Bradshaw, University of Cape Town, South Africa

"Again, another great conference [Sustainable Minerals '16] with high quality presentations highlighting innovative approaches and solutions that contribute to sustainability and the opportunity to meet and engage with all the delegates."
Glen Corder, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia

"Many thanks again for a wonderful conference [Sustainable Minerals '16] in a wonderful location. Also excellent to see other work that is being done in the mine waste characterization / rehabilitation field and the wider opportunities presented by efficient resource utilization."
Christopher Brough, Petrolab, UK

"Very interesting and stimulating presentations and discussions - both informal and formal. It was great to meet researchers with a common interest and, despite the relatively small number of delegates, I made many more useful contacts than I normally tend to do at larger conferences. If you are interested in "closing the minerals to metals systems loop", with a view to enhance sustainable development of these non-renewable resources, this is the conference [SRCR '14] to attend!"
Jenny Broadhurst, Minerals to Metals Initiative, Uni. of Cape Town, South Africa

"Just a word of thanks for an excellent conference [SRCR '14], one of the best that I ever attended. A friendly atmosphere and interesting interaction among participants. They are also great networking opportunities especially for young researchers."
Argane Rabei, UCA University, Morocco

"Many thanks for organising such a wonderful conference [SRCR '14]. Look forward to returning in a couple of years time."
Christopher Brough, SRK Consulting, UK

"It was a pleasure meet all of you in Falmouth and I would like to come there next time. It was my first time in any MEI Conference and I liked SRCR '14 so much. It has been a great meeting to share interesting research and I take advantage discovering a great area of Britain."
Jorge Castilla, Technical University of Madrid, Spain

"I spent a really nice time in Falmouth [at SRCR '11] thanks to Barry, his family but also all the other delegates. Organization was just perfect. Social events as well. At this occasion, I met a lot of interesting people, friends and learnt a lot from all the presentations. Mine was the first at MEI and I really enjoyed it. Hope to meet you again at SRCR '14..."
Gregory Lewis, Univeristy of Liege, Belgium

"SRCR '11 was a great conference, I hope that the next one in 2013 will be even better. I must say that MEI team did an excellent job. Delegates got together in a nice and cozy atmosphere. My congratulations to Barry, Barbara, Jon and Amanda."
Maurício L Torem, DEMa PUC-Rio, Brazil

"It is the first time I have attended an international conference [SRCR '11]. It was a good chance for me to meet many foreign scientists, researchers and students to exchange research activities and get friendship. I was impressed with well organization, and Falmouth is very nice place. Thank Dr. Wills and his family for organizing good conference. I hope to participate again."
Nghiem Van Nguyen, University of Science and Technology, South Korea

"Thanks Barry to you and your team for all the hard work in bringing the conference [SRCR '11] together. Great conference after-hours activities and I thoroughly enjoyed myself over the full three days."
Glen Corder, Sustainable Minerals Institute, Australia

"I'm sure that SRCR '11 was a great opportunity to increase my network and to get know more about research lines focused on a "sustainability thinking"... so important for the future of mining industries... I'm so glad for it and I hope to be able to attend SRCR '16!"
Juarez Amaral Filho, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

"This was my first participation in a MEI event, and I must say that it was a truly fruitful and enjoyable experience. I express my gratitude to Barry, Barbara and Jon for their hospitality and the excellent organization of this SRCR ´11, and I will be looking forward to be part of new events. Congratulations as well to all the participants, for the high technical level of their works. I had an excellent opportunity to meet new people, and I expect to be in touch with all of them."
Gustavo Neira, UIS, Colombia

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