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Hydrometallurgy 2014
Victoria, Canada
June 22-25, 2014

Hydrometallurgy 2014 provided a forum for the dissemination of all research relating to hydrometallurgical extraction, purification and recovery of base and precious metals. Updates on current hydrometallurgical operations, new project execution; health and safety initiatives and case studies relating to all aspects of hydrometallurgy were also discussed. This was the 7th International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy, a conference that is co-organized by TMS, and SME every five years. Five preceding conferences:

  • 1st International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy held in 1963-Dallas, Texas, USA
  • 2nd International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy held in 1973-Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 3rd International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy held in 1983-Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 4th International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy held in 1993-Salt Lake, Utah, USA
  • 5th International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy held in 2003-Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 6th International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy held in 2008-Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Technical topics included:

  • Extraction (Oxides/Sulphides)
  • Separation (Solvent Extraction/Ion Exchange)
  • Recovery (Electrowinning and Electrorefining)
  • Environmental Aspects
  • Teaching/Research in Hydrometallurgy
  • Controls and Automation
  • Operations/Start-up/Project Updates

Plenaries included:

Plenary addresses include George Demopoulos of McGill University, John Monhemius(Emeritus) of Imperial College, Nick Hazen of Hazen Research, Mike Nicol (Emeritus) of Murdoch University, Kaixi Jiang, BGRIMM (Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).

You can find the topics online at: web.cim.org/hydro2014/conference/Plenary.cfm


  • Almost 400 people were onsite (actual total= 391)
  • 155 papers published and programmed
  • Hydrometallurgy_2014_Vol_I_ISBN_978-1-926872-22-3
  • Hydrometallurgy_2014_Vol_II_ISBN_978-1-926872-23-0
  • 34 countries in attendance where Canada 36%, US 18% and Australia 5% topped the attendance.
  • 3-day short course programmed with over 100 attendees titled Recent Key Developments and Current Industrial Trends
  • One industrial tour to the Teck plant operations in Trail, BC

Social events included:

  • Sunday Welcome reception, Monday lunch with featured speaker Yeonuk Choi of Barrick Gold
  • Tuesday conference banquet with presentation of the CIM fellow to Mike Collins of Sherritt International, the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award to Edgar Peek of Molycorp Inc., and the Gordon M. Ritcey Award to Reza Tavakoli of the University of British Columbia.




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