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Copper 2010 conference was held in Hamburg, Germany at the Congress Centrum. It is the seventh in a series of international conferences devoted to the economics, mineral beneficiation, extractive metallurgy, recycling, environmental aspects, and applications of copper. About 600 participants took part. The origin of these conferences can be traced to a conference that was organized in Santiago, Chile in 1974 by the Chilean Institute of Mining Engineers under the chairmanship of Dr. Carlos M. Diaz then Head of Department of Mining Engineering and Director of the School of Engineering at the University of Chile, who edited the proceedings volume published under the title The Future of Copper Pyrometallurgy. In 1975, Carlos M. Diaz joined INCO’s J.R. Gordon Research Laboratory in Canada as Head of the Pyrometallurgy Section and became involved in the activities of the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum.
During the 1970s there was intensive research going on around the world for improving copper technology that resulted in the invention of numerous new processes. Researchers at Noranda Company in Canada were actively involved in this venture. Realizing that Chile was the largest copper producer in the world, incited in 1983 two key members at Noranda Research: Dr. Phillip J. Mackey then President of the Metallurgical Society of CIM and Dr. Nicolas J. Themelis to negotiate with Chilean mining organizations the possibility of organizing a joint conference related to copper that would alternate every four years between Chile and Canada. Subsequently, Carlos Diaz representing the Metallurgical Society of CIM and Professor Gustavo Lagos of the University of Chile got involved in organizing the first conference that took place in Viña del Mar in Chile in November - December of 1987. This was followed by subsequent conferences in which The Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials Society known as TMS and the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration known as SME both in USA, and the Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan known as MMIJ took part.
At the 2007 conference two major decisions were taken as a result of the participation of members of the German Society for Mining, Metallurgy, Resources, and Environmental Technology known as GDMB:  the conference will be held every three years because of the increased activity in copper research,  the conference will move to Germany in 2007. The eighth conference will be held in Santiago, Chile in 2013.
The Hamburg conference was chaired by Michael Kopke from Aurubis the former Norddeutsche Affinerie, and was organized in seven parallel sessions. The Proceedings Volumes as well as CDs were available at the conference:
The conference was well organized in the spacious rooms of the Convention Center. A large number of exhibits by industry was available and everything went smoothly thanks to the nice weather of Hamburg during this week.
Fathi Habashi, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada - Fathi.Habashi@arul.ulaval.ca
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