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The first keynote lecture, "Towards sustainable development of mineral resources – the role of biohydrometallurgy" will be given by Prof. Susan T.L. Harrison of the University of Cape Town.

Suehas over 30 years’ experience in research in bioprocess and environmental engineering, gained in the industrial and academic arenas. She joined the academic staff of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town in 1991. Since then 102 Masters and PhD students have been awarded research degrees under her supervision. She regularly authors peer reviewed scientific papers (60 peer-reviewed journal papers over the period since 2011) and presents research at international and national conferences (62 at international conferences from 2011 to 2016). Her research focuses on growing the knowledge base for bioprocesses and bio-based products generated through integrated sustainable process approaches. This builds on resource efficiency principles with a strong focus on valorizing waste resources and bioremediating degraded resources. In biohydrometallurgy, her research centres on metal extraction from sulphidic minerals through tank and heap bioleaching of low grade and complex ores and electronic waste. In mine site and mine water remediation, she focuses on biological sulphate reduction for AMD treatment, SCN bioremediation, metal removal through phycoremediation, AMD prevention and re-purposing mine waste. In both mineral and organic applications, her research seeks value from waste through the circular economy, industrial ecology and maximizing of resource productivity approaches. She and her team have been lead proponents of the wastewater (and more recently, waste) biorefinery concept. She collaborates actively with researchers at the University of Mumbai, Cambridge University, Berkeley, Exeter and Imperial College London and with companies in South Africa and abroad.

Sue has taught actively into the chemical engineering, sustainable mineral resource development and biotechnology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. She holds the South African DST Research Chair in Bioprocess Engineering, with effect from 2008. She received the national South African award as “Distinguished Woman Scientist” in 2008 and the national NSTF-South32 award for Research and Engineering capacity development in 2016. She is a fellow of the University of Cape Town and the South African Academy of Engineers.

Sue Harrison







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