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This, the 10th International Symposium on Biomining* (Biomining '21),is the postponed Biomining '20, which was affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. It is organised by MEI with Prof Sue Harrison and Dr Chris Bryan and is sponsored by AFX Mixing & Pumping Technologies & Newmont. Media sponsors are International Mining. Industry Associates are the Cornwall Mining Alliance and the Critical Minerals Association.

* Previous events were named the International Symposium on Biohydrometallurgy



After much deliberation, MEI have decided that Biomining '21 will take place online next year. The current restrictions on travel and meetings do not look like they will ease any time soon and we are excited by the possibilities offered by moving online.

Look out for a new website coming in the next few weeks. It will have full details of how the online event will work, including new registration fees.

If you have any questions please contact one of the team.



Biomining '21 will focus on the latest developments in the field of biohydrometallurgy and bioprocessing: the development, optimisation and application of integrated biomining process operations for mineral ores, including low grade and complex ores; the microbiology of biomining and the application of biohydrometallurgy, bioflotation and other technologies to novel resources (such as mine and electronic wastes) and the (bio)remediation of mining-impacted environments.

1. Biomining Process Development:

  • Development and optimisation of biohydrometallurgy processes, including sub-processes of biohydrometallurgy, reactor systems, hydrodynamics and modelling
  • Associated Unit operations, Up- and Downstream processing (including waste management) etc.

2. The Microbiology of Biomining:

  • Microbial ecology and succession, both description and kinetics
  • Microbial consortia and bioprospecting,
  • Certain fundamental aspects.

3. Biohydrometallurgy Applications:

  • Biomining (i.e. Bioleaching, Biooxidation) applications - both heap and tank
  • Novel and potential resources (e.g. electronic and other metallic wastes)
  • Bioremediation applications (e.g. the treatment, prevention and prediction of AMD, metal recovery from wastes etc.)
  • Other biotechnologies in mining and metallurgical industries.

delegates at Biohydromet16
delegates at Biohydromet16
Delegates at Biohydromet '16



Biomining '21 is organised by MEI in consultation with with Prof Sue Harrison and Dr Chris Bryan.

Sue Harrison

Sue Harrison has some 20 years experience in research in bioprocess engineering, gained in the industrial and academic arenas. She heads the Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and collaborates actively with researchers at the universities of Mumbai, Cambridge University and Imperial College London and with companies in South Africa and abroad. Since her appointment to the academic staff in 1991 more than 40 MSc and PhD students have been awarded research degrees under her supervision. She was awarded the South African DST Research Chair in Bioprocess Engineering, with effect from 2008.

Chris Bryan

Chris Bryan is a microbiologist with a PhD in molecular and environmental microbiology and is head of the Geomicrobiology and Environmental Monitoring unit at the French Geological Survey (BRGM). Prior to joining the BRGM in 2018, he was Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Mining at the Camborne School of Mines, UK. His research focuses on the application of biohydrometallurgy to the recovery of metals from sulfide ores and secondary raw materials and understanding, predicting and preventing the biogenesis of acid mine drainage.



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