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International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium IBS-2001
Ouro Preto, Brazil
September 16-19, 2001

As the 14th meeting of the IBS series, this symposium provided an international forum for addressing the advances in theory and practice of Biohydrometallurgy. The symposium, the first ever held in Brazil, took place in the historical and charming town of Ouro Preto.

Over the years, this symposium series has expanded from bioleaching themes to include the biosorption of metals, remediation of mine drainage, and molecular biology, physiology, and biochemistry of acidophilic microorganisms found at mine sites. At IBS-2001 it was apparent that environmental aspects of metal pollution and acid mine drainage are increasingly gaining attention from IBS participants of many disciplines.

The technical program at IBS-2001 encompassed two broad areas, Bioleaching and Bioremediation, both organized according to specific topics: (i) Bioleaching - Advances in Fundamentals and Mechanisms, (ii) Bioleaching and Microorganisms: Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, (iii) Bioleaching Operations, (iv) Bioleaching of Metals from Wastes and Sludges, (iv) Biosorption and Bioaccumulation, (v) Bioremediation - Fundamentals and Applications, (vi) Analytical Techniques Applied to Biohydrometallurgy.

The contributions were presented in oral or poster sessions. To stimulate interactions and discussions, a panel opened each poster session with an overview highlighting the main trends, followed by a few selected short presentations of poster synopses. The technical program was complemented by round tables where “Molecular Biology and Its Contribution to Biohydrometallurgy," “Education and Training in Biohydrometallurgy," and “Trends in Biohydrometallurgy‘What is Next’" were discussed in depth.

Because of the tragic events in New York on September 11, a few days before IBS-2001, delegates especially from Canada, Japan, and United States were regrettably absent. Despite these sad circumstances, the scientific and social success of the event was guaranteed by the approximately 150 participants, representing 27 countries and five continents.

The two-volume proceedings (V.S.T. Ciminelli & O. Garcia Jr., Eds., 2001. Biohydrometallurgy: Fundamentals, Technology and Sustainable Development, Parts A and B, 1292 pp.) are available from Elsevier, Process Metallurgy Series, v. 11a and 11B (US$406.00), ISBN: 0 444 50623 3 (A&B). The proceedings contain 136 full papers of the over 200 abstracts submitted for presentation at the IBS-2001.

Virginia S.T. Ciminelli, Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Email: ciminelli@demet.ufmg.br
Oswaldo Garcia Jr., Instituto de Química, Universidade do Estado de São Paulo, Araraquara, Brazil




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