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This, the 4th International Symposium on Process Mineralogy (Process Mineralogy '17), was organised by MEI in consultation with Dr Megan Becker and was sponsored by ZEISS, Bruker, FEI, Petrolab, Wirsam Scientific & the Cornwall Mining Alliance. Media sponsors were International Mining.



Developing from MEI’s previous conferences on Process Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy and Automated Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy ’17 dealt with the following topics:

  • Quantitative mineralogy, including both X-ray and Electron Beam Techniques
  • Geometallurgy
  • Ore characterisation
  • Mineral Liberation and Textural Analysis
  • Application of process mineralogy on site
  • Sampling and Statistics
  • Advanced Process Control

7 minute video showing Process Mineralogy '14 at the Vineyard Hotel


Papers have been published as an unrefereed Proceedings on a USB Memory Stick, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Process Mineralogy issue of Minerals Engineering journal.



The first keynote lecture "Reflections on the benefits and tasks ahead for Geometallurgy – from Metallurgist to Junior Miner at Pasinex Resources" was given by Steve Williams of Pasinex Resources Ltd, Canada.

Steve Williams is the President, CEO and founder of Pasinex Resources Limited a company exploring and mining zinc in Turkey. Mr. Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Extractive Metallurgy) from the Western Australian School of Mines and an MBA from Tulane University. He has worked in the mining industry since 1976 in milling operations in Australia and Canada. He worked 20 years with SGS Lakefield Research in Canada and Chile in both metallurgical project management and business management, finally becoming Managing Director for SGS Canada, a company with about 1300 employees in Canada. Steve has authored many technical papers and in 2004 he became a CIM Distinguished Lecturer and in 2008 a CIM Fellow, for his work in geometallurgy.

Steve Williams

The second keynote lecture "Process Mineralogy: An essential booster of the Circular Economy" was given by Eric Pirard of the University of Liege, Belgium.

Eric Pirard is professor of Mineral Resources at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Liege. He is head of the GeMMe research group totalling about forty research engineers and PhD students. This group is active in characterisation, processing and beneficiation of mineral materials at any stage of their life cycle. He is also an active member and acts as education officer of the new European Knowledge Innovation Community on raw materials: EIT Raw Materials. This is a consortium of 120 members including major universities, research centres and industries all across Europe. EIT Raw Materials is the spearhead of Europe’s innovation in raw materials and the circular economy with a total budget of close to 3 billion euros to be spent in the period 2015-2022.
Aside of being the founder of Engineers without Borders in Belgium, Eric Pirard has extensive expertience in teaching mining engineers in less privileged countries such as Bolivia, Peru, DR Congo, etc. He is the coordinator of the European Master in Georesources Engineering degree (EMerald) jointly organized by the universities of Liege, Nancy, Freiberg and Lulea.

Eric Pirard

The third keynote lecture "X-Ray Tomography for Mineral Processing Technology – Particle Characterization from Mine to Mill" was given by Jan Miller of the University of Utah, USA.

Jan Miller is the Ivor D. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah. He received his BS degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his MS and PhD degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. At the University of Utah Professor Miller has devoted over 40 years to undergraduate and graduate education. His research covers mainly the areas of mineral processing and hydrometallurgy, specializing in particle characterization, aqueous solution chemistry, and colloid and surface chemistry. He is a member of SME, TMS, and ACS. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993.

Jan Miller



On Sunday 19 March, Zeiss are ran a workshop entitled "Inside Out: X-ray Microscopy" at the Vineyard Hotel.



Process Mineralogy '17 was organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Dr. Megan Becker.

Dr Megan Becker is a Senior Research Officer leading the process mineralogy initiative in the Centre for Minerals Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. She has a background in geology (BSc Hons, MSc - University of Cape Town) and a PhD in process mineralogy from the University of Pretoria (2009). Her research interests focus on understanding both the effect mineralogy has on the beneficiation process and the effect of the beneficiation process on the mineralogy, and how one can best use mineralogy and geometallurgy information. She has a keen interest in teaching mineralogy and in mineralogical analysis techniques, and currently manages the QEMSCAN facility in the CMR. She has supervised close to 20 postgraduate students and has over 50 peer reviewed publications in international journals and conference proceedings in the area of minerals beneficiation (including comminution, flotation, hydrometallurgy and environmental aspects such as acid rock drainage).

Megan Becker



"Thank you so much for organising the excellent Process Mineralogy '10 conference. I was very pleased to be able to speak there and I generated a lot of interest for our CT technology, which was great. I met a great bunch of people and really enjoyed it."
Andrew Ramsey, Nikon Metrology, UK

Read the conference reports from previous Process Mineralogy/Automated Mineralogy conferences, and see the technical programmes and view the delegate lists too.

"It was certainly one of the better conferences [Automated Mineralogy 06] I have attended over the years. I had a very productive time in Brisbane and made lots of useful contacts."
Mark Pownceby, CSIRO Minerals, Australia

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