AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference and the National Mining Games comes to Sydney 2018

  • By Sam Gogolewski, Vice-President, the AusIMM Sydney Student Chapter

With an increasing focus on developing the skills of younger generations to face contemporary issues in the mining sector, the AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference and the National Mining Games 2018 were perfectly positioned as the networking and teambuilding events of the year for young resources professionals.

The New Leaders’ Conference

The New Leaders’ Conference provided young professionals with two days of thought-provoking presentations from industry, research and professional development backgrounds to equip students with the skills needed to become the next generation of industry leaders.

Industry keynote highlights included speakers Cathy Foley, the newly appointed Chief Scientist of CSIRO, who explained some of the expectations of the modern researcher and the importance for passion, confidence and resilience for young professionals throughout the resources industry. ‘If we don’t believe in what we’re doing, no one else will either,’ said Ms Foley.

Another engaging presentation from Andrew Cole, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of OZ Minerals, provided young professionals with experience and insight into the importance of developing a productive company culture in an ever-changing workplace.

The Q&A sessions, along with the networking evening and lunches, provided young professionals with a platform to engage with presenters, and gain further insight from the experiences of current industry, research and professional development leaders.

Despite declining enrolments in Mining Engineering degrees across Australasia, the number of attendees at the New Leaders’ Conference still shows a bright outlook for the industry’s future leaders.

The National Mining Games

The conclusion of the New Leaders’ Conference marked the beginning of the National Mining Games, an event for universities around Australia to compete for the title of National Mining Games Champions.

Students from the University of Western Australia, Western Australia School of Mines, University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania, University of New South Wales, Monash, Federation University, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle and University of Queensland competed in a range of events from airleg drilling and rail set to hand steel and rock identification.

This years’ event, hosted by the University of New South Wales, saw the first ever all-female competition at the National Mining Games, with the University of Queensland claiming this year’s medals.

Western Australia School of Mines outperformed the competition in both the men’s and mixed categories to take home first place, while the University of New South Wales were dubbed overall winners of the wooden spoon.

A special thanks goes to all organisers, sponsors and attendees without whom this event could not have been such a major success.

More photos from the conference are available at AusIMM’s Flickr page

Photos courtesy MJWH Visuals. 

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