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International Conference on Coal Science and Technology 2009
This series of conferences are held bi-annually by different host countries around the world. After the previous successful events in Okinawa (2005) and in Nottingham (2007), it was hosted by South Africa this year. The 2009 local organising committee consisted of coal researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand and North-West University, under the chairmanship of Dr Johannes van Heerden of Sasol.
The event, held in the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town, attracted 140 local and overseas papers. Most of the papers addressed fundamental coal science and technology - a usual feature of this conference, attended mainly by researchers and academics. That meant that the scientific content and quality of the papers were extremely high. At least 30 papers were selected and will be considered, after peer review, for publication in the Fuel Processing technology. Other papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy. Topics covered included clean coal technology, coal and the environment, coal conversion (gasification and combustion), chemistry, mineralogy and beneficiation.
Four plenary addresses were delivered by local and overseas delegates: Dr Sven Godorr (Sasol), Prof Rosemary Falcon and Prof Diane Hildebrandt (University of the Witwatersrand) and Mr Hirotoshi Kunitomo, (Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Japan).
The conference attracted 170 delegates (surprisingly high in the current economic climate) of which about half were from abroad. A key feature of this conference was the number of post graduate students who attended and presented either papers or posters; 41 students had the unique opportunity to present their work to the world’s most eminent coal scientists.
A number of awards were made: The prestigious ICCS&T Country award was made to Prof Rosemary Falcon for her continued dedication to coal science and education in South Africa. The prize for the best student paper was awarded to Ms Marika Nel, a PhD student from the North-West University for her paper: The effect of coal-associated trace elements on sintering and agglomeration of a model mineral mixture, and the best student poster prize was awarded to Mr Monnamme Tlotleng from Wits for: Coal characteristics that lead to abrasion during comminution.
On the social side, the delegates enjoyed a number of functions that reflected South African hospitality and culture. A typical Cape Minstrel show was held during the Welcoming Function, and the Conference Dinner was held in true African style at Moyo Restaurant at Spier Wine Estate.
It was announced on the final day that the 2011 ICCS&T will be held in Oviedo, Spain, and will be organised by INCAR (an institute of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research) under the leadership of Dr Rosa Menendez. Full details of the next ICCS&T conference, as well as the 2009 abstracts and presentations, will soon be available on the website: www.iccst.info.
Prof. Quentin Campbell - Pr.Ing. Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, NWU Potchefstroom, South Africa
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