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This, the 4th International Symposium on Sustainable Minerals '16, was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Markus Reuter and was sponsored by Outotec, Genesys International and Zeiss. Media sponsors were Industrial Minerals and International Mining.



The rapid growth of the world economy is straining the sustainable use of the Earth’s natural resources due to modern society’s extensive use of metals, materials and products. An astute and conscious application and use of metals, materials and products supported by the reuse and recycling of these materials and end-of-life products is imperative to the preservation of the Earth’s resources. The realisation of the ambitions of sustainable use of metals, materials and resources demands that the different disciplines of the material and consumer product system are connected and harmonised. This conference discussed all aspects of material and metal usage by considering for example (but not exclusively):

  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Clean Technology (smelting, energy recovery, hydrometallurgical, etc.)
  • Coal Wastes
  • Effluent Treatment (biological and chemical methods for water purification)
  • Energy Recovery
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies (LCA, metrics for sustainability, LCI, etc.)
  • Industrial Applications (novel technology, new methods, breakthrough technology, etc.)
  • Legislation (REACH, Basel, Stockholm, etc.)
  • Process Control (to monitor and optimize environmental performance of plants, unit operations, furnaces)
  • Processing of Industrial Wastes (slags, chemical, flue dusts, sludges, bottom ashes, etc.)
  • Recycling of Post Consumer Materials (car recycling, waste electric and electronic equipment, plastics, paper)
  • Tailings Disposal at mine sites
  • Recycling Systems (monitoring, take-back systems, etc.)
  • Recycling Technology (separation, automatic sorting, sensors, smelting, etc.)
  • Sustainability (from an industrial as well as consumer point of view)
  • System and other models for system optimization and Sustainability prediction
  • Carbon emission controls; case studies of existing methods to reduce emissions and new technology being developed such as carbon capture and storage
  • Efforts to reduce energy consumption in mining and mineral processing operations
  • Developments in geopolymers as alternatives to conventional cements.





The first keynote lecture "The mine of the future - even more sustainable" was given by Prof. Robin Batterham.

Robin Batterham is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Until recently he was Group Chief Scientist, Rio Tinto Limited, President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Chairman of the International Energy Agency Expert Group on Science for Energy. He has had a distinguished career in research and technology, in the public and private sectors in areas such as mining, mineral processing, mineral agglomeration processes, and iron making. He is inventor on over 20 patent families. Robin was Chief Scientist to the Australian Federal Government from 1999 to 2005. His current research interests centre on energy systems: including geothermal energy, energy reduction in comminution and in dewatering of low grade materials. He retains a long term interest in innovation and sustainability.

Robin Batterham



The second keynote lecture "Best practice in efficient mineral processing – comminution energy curves" was given by Mike Battersby.

Michael Battersby is a Director of the Coalition for Eco Efficient Comminution (CEEC). CEEC is an independent not for profit organisation that works globally to accelerate best practices in eco-efficient comminution in mining for the benefit of all. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd based in Cardiff, Wales, a company that has been providing award winning innovative solutions in mineral processing for over 18 years. Prior to this Michael had many years operating experience in Africa, South America and Australia resulting in over 35 years of working in the mining industry. Michael is also a Director of the British Triathlon Federation, a world leading sporting organisation that is targeting gold for Team GB at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Mike Battersby



Sustainable Minerals '16 was organised by MEI in consultation with with Prof Markus Reuter.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus A. Reuter is Director Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. He was Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland and Chief Technologist Ausmelt (2006-2015). Previously he worked for Mintek and Anglo American Corporation in South Africa. He is Honorary Professor at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany) and Aalto University (Finland since 2012) as well as Professorial Fellow University of Melbourne (Australia since 2005) and Guest Professor at the Central South University (China since 2012). He was a full professor at TU Delft (Netherlands) 1996-2005.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University Liege (Belgium) for work in recycling and sustainability in metallurgy, holds a D.Eng. & PhD from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Dr. habil. from RWTH Aachen (Germany). Reuter is co-author of 2 books “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” and “Handbook of Recycling” both published by Elsevier. He is the lead author of the 2nd United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) report on Metal Recycling, >400,000 downloads. He is a 2015-2016 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer and the 2016 TMS EPD Distinguished Lecturer.
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Markus Reuter




Click to view the conference report, programme and delegate list from SRCR '09 and SRCR '11:




"Very interesting and stimulating presentations and discussions - both informal and formal. It was great to meet researchers with a common interest and, despite the relatively small number of delegates, I made many more useful contacts than I normally tend to do at larger conferences. If you are interested in "closing the minerals to metals systems loop", with a view to enhance sustainabile development of these non-renewable resources, this is the conference [SRCR '14] to attend!"
Jenny Broadhurst, Minerals to Metals Initiative, Uni. of Cape Town, South Africa

"Just a word of thanks for an excellent conference [SRCR '14], one of the best that I ever attended. A friendly atmosphere and interesting interaction among participants. They are also great networking opportunities especially for young researchers."
Argane Rabei, UCA University, Morocco

"Many thanks for organising such a wonderful conference [SRCR '14]. Look forward to returning in a couple of years time."
Christopher Brough, SRK Consulting, UK

"It was a pleasure meet all of you in Falmouth and I would like to come there next time. It was my first time in any MEI Conference and I liked SRCR '14 so much. It has been a great meeting to share interesting research and I take advantage discovering a great area of Britain."
Jorge Castilla, Technical University of Madrid, Spain

"I spent a really nice time in Falmouth [at SRCR '11] thanks to Barry, his family but also all the other delegates. Organization was just perfect. Social events as well. At this occasion, I met a lot of interesting people, friends and learnt a lot from all the presentations. Mine was the first at MEI and I really enjoyed it. Hope to meet you again at SRCR '14..."
Gregory Lewis, Univeristy of Liege, Belgium

"SRCR '11 was a great conference, I hope that the next one in 2013 will be even better. I must say that MEI team did an excellent job. Delegates got together in a nice and cozy atmosphere. My congratulations to Barry, Barbara, Jon and Amanda."
Maurício L Torem, DEMa PUC-Rio, Brazil

"It is the first time I have attended an international conference [SRCR '11]. It was a good chance for me to meet many foreign scientists, researchers and students to exchange research activities and get friendship. I was impressed with well organization, and Falmouth is very nice place. Thank Dr. Wills and his family for organizing good conference. I hope to participate again."
Nghiem Van Nguyen, University of Science and Technology, South Korea

"Thanks Barry to you and your team for all the hard work in bringing the conference [SRCR '11] together. Great conference after-hours activities and I thoroughly enjoyed myself over the full three days."
Glen Corder, Sustainable Minerals Institute, Australia

"I'm sure that SRCR '11 was a great opportunity to increase my network and to get know more about research lines focused on a "sustainability thinking"... so important for the future of mining industries... I'm so glad for it and I hope to be able to attend SRCR '16!"
Juarez Amaral Filho, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

"This was my first participation in a MEI event, and I must say that it was a truly fruitful and enjoyable experience. I express my gratitude to Barry, Barbara and Jon for their hospitality and the excellent organization of this SRCR ´11, and I will be looking forward to be part of new events. Congratulations as well to all the participants, for the high technical level of their works. I had an excellent opportunity to meet new people, and I expect to be in touch with all of them."
Gustavo Neira, UIS, Colombia

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