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This, the 1st International Symposium on Material, Minerals, & Metal Ecology (MMME 06), was held in Cape Town, South Africa on the 14 and 15 November 2006, and was organised by Minerals Engineering International in consultation with Markus Reuter and sponsored by Arecelor Research, Umicor, CSense Systems, Boliden Mineral AB and Hatch.
This conference was a must for individuals that have an interest in developing sustainable technology and systems in the complex ‘Web of Metals’ on a fundamental and technological basis, with a focus to the minerals, metals and manufacturing industries. In this inter-, intra- and transdisciplinary environment the material/metal cycle was central, addressing both the technological and sustainability issues within the primary mineral and metal producing cycle as well connecting to the secondary consumer product material cycle as depicted below (see topics in figure).
Papers for this two day conference focused on the following major topics (not exclusive) but should relate to the disciplines in the figure above:
Before the conference a one day course block on Metrics of Metal and Material Ecology* complemented the conference.
* Reuter, Heiskanen, Boin, Van Schaik and Verhoef (2005): Metrics of Metal and Material Ecology, Elsevier, 774p. (to be published).
He has over 100 publications in refereed international journals and over 130 publications in International Conference Proceedings. He has also co-authored 11 Chapters in encyclopaedias (Ullmann’s Encyclopaedia of Industrial Chemistry, Winnacker and Küchler) and books in chemical and metallurgical engineering as well as in Smithells Metal Reference Book (8th Edition). He is registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Main areas of interest are process control in extractive metallurgy as well as associated environmental control; and system and design engineering. He is registered professional engineer in South Africa.
At University Melbourne he takes up the Chair of Sustainable Technology from July 2005, a joint chair between civil and chemical engineering, with the objective also to introduce a sustainability and industrial ecology course that extends further than the boundaries of engineering. For this he has with Kari Heiskanen and others written a book “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” to be published by Elsevier.
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