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This, the 5th International Symposium on Process Mineralogy (Process Mineralogy '18), is organised by MEI in consultation with Dr Megan Becker and is sponsored by ZEISS, Bruker and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Media sponsors are International Mining.



Developing from MEIís previous conferences on Process Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy and Automated Mineralogy, Process Mineralogy í18 will deal with the following topics:

  • Quantitative mineralogy, including both X-ray and Electron Beam Techniques
  • Geometallurgy
  • Ore characterisation
  • Mineral Liberation and Textural Analysis
  • Application of process mineralogy on site
  • Sampling and Statistics
  • Advanced Process Control

7 minute video showing Process Mineralogy '14 at the Vineyard Hotel


Papers will be published as an unrefereed Proceedings on a USB Memory Stick, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Process Mineralogy issue of Minerals Engineering journal.



The first keynote lecture, "When Scientists and Engineers Talk Ė Lessons from the Oil Industry and Applications to Mining" will be given by Prof Alan R Butcher of the Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo, Finland.

Alan is professor of geomaterials and applied mineralogy at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). He has spent the last 20 years developing automated mineralogical techniques for the mining, geoscience & petroleum sectors, where he has gained much experience in examining rocks of commercial importance. Prior to this, Alan was a lecturer in igneous petrology & course director of the MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK.

Alanís current research interests lie in areas of cross-disciplinary geomaterial research, whereby engineers and scientists work closely together in collaborative teams, and use their combined experiences and skills to solve common challenges. This is a practice he has learnt, to great effect, from his time spent working with geophysicists, reservoir engineers and reservoir quality geologists, on petroleum industry projects, whilst he was at FEI Company. Alanís work typically involves multi-scale, multi-dimensional studies (2D, 3D and 4D analysis) of minerals, rocks & man-made materials using integrated electron-, ion-, x-ray- & laser-beam technologies.


Alan Butcher



Process Mineralogy '18 is organised by Minerals Engineering International (MEI) in consultation with Dr. Megan Becker.

Dr Megan Becker is a Senior Research Officer leading the process mineralogy initiative in the Centre for Minerals Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. She has a background in geology (BSc Hons, MSc - University of Cape Town) and a PhD in process mineralogy from the University of Pretoria (2009). Her research interests focus on understanding both the effect mineralogy has on the beneficiation process and the effect of the beneficiation process on the mineralogy, and how one can best use mineralogy and geometallurgy information. She has a keen interest in teaching mineralogy and in mineralogical analysis techniques, and currently manages the QEMSCAN facility in the CMR. She has supervised close to 20 postgraduate students and has over 50 peer reviewed publications in international journals and conference proceedings in the area of minerals beneficiation (including comminution, flotation, hydrometallurgy and environmental aspects such as acid rock drainage).

Megan Becker



"Thank you so much for organising the excellent Process Mineralogy '10 conference. I was very pleased to be able to speak there and I generated a lot of interest for our CT technology, which was great. I met a great bunch of people and really enjoyed it."
Andrew Ramsey, Nikon Metrology, UK

Read the conference reports from previous Process Mineralogy/Automated Mineralogy conferences, and see the technical programmes and view the delegate lists too.

"It was certainly one of the better conferences [Automated Mineralogy 06] I have attended over the years. I had a very productive time in Brisbane and made lots of useful contacts."
Mark Pownceby, CSIRO Minerals, Australia

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