Event report: the Australian Mine Ventilation Conference 2017

  • By Dr Michael Tuck MAusIMM, Federation University Australia

The Australian Mine Ventilation Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28-30 September 2017.

A number of well attended workshops were also hosted on September 27. In excess of 220 delegates, with representatives from seven overseas countries, were registered for the conference. A full program of excellent papers was delivered, covering all aspects of mine ventilation. This included a number of excellent keynote speakers such as Bob Leeming, her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Mines from the UK; Jon Volkwein, retired NIOSH Science Consultant; and Lee Shearer and Kate du Preez, regulators from NSW and QLD.

The conference also celebrated 100 years of mine ventilation engineering as a profession. In addition to the technical sessions, the conference hosted exhibitors for the three days of the conference with the exhibition venue always busy at break times. Traditional events such as welcome drinks and the conference dinner were also well attended. The conference chair presided over the conference dinner in his usual style and a presentation for the International Mine Ventilation Congress in Xi’an, China was given by members of a strong Chinese delegation.

The papers were diverse but all of excellent quality and worth a read. The conference continues to grow from strength to strength and the fifth conference is due to be held in 2019, with Perth being the suggested venue. Dates are to be advised, but it is worth entering into your calendar.

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