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On behalf of the organising committee, I am pleased to announce the 2017 International Mining Geology Conference. This will be the tenth in a proud tradition reaching back to the inaugural event held in Mount Isa, Queensland in 1990. The International Mining Geology Conference series, jointly convened by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), has developed into the premier event in the world of Mining Geology.

The role of Mining Geologists continues to evolve and increase in importance. Mining Geologists are now involved in many business-critical steps in the value chain, from resource evaluation and feasibility through mine production management and geometallurgy to marketing. The complexity of mining geology also continues to evolve and increase in response to corporate expectation and technological development, and there is a greater need for our work to be standardised. The theme of the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference is “Setting New Standards” where we plan to focus on opportunities and benefits of formal work process standards, and also on improving the quality/standard of current approaches to mining geology.

This call for papers requests abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the conference program that align with the theme of the conference. However, papers are invited on any relevant aspect of mining geology. Practical and applied case studies illustrating good practice and innovation are welcomed. We especially encourage authors to submit papers that illustrate the connection between fundamental geological science and business improvements.

Intending authors should submit a 300 word abstract by 10 October 2016 for consideration by the organising committee. Upon acceptance, full papers will be required by 20 March 2017 for peer review. The committee would like to encourage young professionals to submit papers and participate in the event.

The conference is to be held in the beautiful city of Hobart, Tasmania from 20-22 September 2017 and will include an exciting range of pre- and post-conference workshops and field trips. Tasmania has a long history of mining, world-class current mines and exciting future projects. We will also organise a fantastic selection of partner and delegate short tours concurrent with the conference to showcase Tasmania’s outstanding natural beauty and its world-class food and wine.

The organising committee and I hope to see you there, and we guarantee a memorable experience, great professional development and networking and lots of mining geology!

John Carswell FAusIMM
Conference Chairman

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