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Processing and Disposal of Minerals Industry Wastes ‘05
Falmouth, UK, 13-15 June 2005

Almost 50 delegates attended PDMIW’05, representing 24 countries and all continents. Delegates were a well-balanced combination from university research, the minerals industry, consulting metallurgy and equipment industry. Eighteen snap shot presentations with poster displays and twenty six oral presentations were given over the three day conference, many by leading experts in their field. The conference was sponsored by Larox Corporation, who had a display showing several systems for solid-liquid separation related to the mineral and chemical industries.

The proceedings were opened by Barry Wills, of MEI, who described the location of the conference from a geological and historical viewpoint. The technical sessions started with the snap shot presentations followed by three oral sessions on: (i) effluent treatment, (ii) processing, disposal, utilization and remediation of tailings and (iii) acid mine drainage.

PDMIW’ 05 covered a wide range of subjects related to environmental issues and their control which motivated a high level information technical exchange among the delegates.

An important part of the conference was the social programme. On the first night, the formal Gala Dinner was preceded by a nice cliff walk showing some of the gorgeous Falmouth’s coastal scenery. On the second day, a tour of the historic Basset Mines was arranged. An introductory slide show explained the geological history of Cornwall. The Basset Mines form part of a heritage trail, centred on the Great Flat Lode of Camborne - Redruth, one of the most mined areas of the world, mainly for copper and tin. This field trip was very interesting to have better understanding of the modern mineral processing operations.

As is common for Minerals Engineering Conferences, a good balance between informative technical sessions, a wonderful social programme and enough time to meet and see new and old friends and colleagues was evident. Dr. Barry Wills has the capability of mixing high level conferences in a motivating and relaxing atmosphere.

Prof. M.L. Torem, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

e-mail: torem@dcmm.puc-rio.br

 

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