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Bio- & Hydrometallurgy '02
Around 70 delegates from 17 countries attended this, the first Bio and Hydrometallurgical conference organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI). The event, held in association with the Western Cape Branch of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, was held at Cape Towns premier hotel, the magnificent Mount Nelson. International industry was well represented, and it was good to see the relatively newly merged BHP-Billiton represented by delegates from South Africa, USA, Chile and Australia.
The first day commenced with introductions to posters from Iran, Canada, India, Finland and Spain. These were followed by two Hydrometallurgy sessions. Included in the 10 papers were presentations on Australias Intec Zinc Process and atmospheric leaching of Ni-Cu matte from South Africas Impala Platinum Refineries.
There were a few sore heads on the second morning, following the previous evenings visit to Groot Constantia, South Africas oldest wine estate, where a fascinating cellar tour and wine tasting preceded dinner with an unlimited supply of Groot Constantia wine.
The morning of the second day was devoted to Biomaterials, with papers presented from Finland, UK, Australia and South Africa. The afternoon session, Environmental, consisted of 4 papers from Italy, South Africa and UK.
Papers from UK, Australia, USA, Canada, Chile, South Africa and Poland were presented at the final, third day session on Biohydrometallurgy. Chris Bonney, of MIRO, UK introduced Biometech, a planned biohydrometallurgical research centre in Sweden, which will be available to industrial enterprises, research institutions and universities worldwide.
Bio and Hydromet 02 totally validated the philosophy of MEIs Minerals Engineering Conferences, which is to bring delegates together in a relaxed, informal environment, discussions during the extended coffee breaks and communal lunches acting as a first peer-review of the papers presented. Rather than making available at the meeting a hasty, poorly refereed conference proceedings, papers are submitted after the conference, amended if necessary after discussion and criticism. The papers are then refereed, and if accepted, will be published in Volume 15 Number 11, a special Chemical and Biological Processing issue of Minerals Engineering. Extended abstracts of papers were, however, available to all delegates, on the internet, prior to the conference.
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