The 10th International Mining Geology Conference was held in Hobart, Tasmania from 20-22 September 2017.
The conference was well attended, with approximately 200 delegates and presenters, including international delegates, who made it a truly global gathering. Many new professionals – the future of the resources industry – were also among the more experienced delegates.
Of particular note were the quality and quantity of keynote presenters. Highlights included Jill Terry looking at the future of mine geology technology, and Dr Marat Abzalov on the history of mine geology. Dr Abzalov reflected on the lessons we can learn from the long evolution of mine geology and whether we can or should standardise our work.
New professionals were challenged to present posters in a quickfire format in a lively session on Thursday afternoon. Presentations were short and punchy, covering topics from XRF exploration mapping to materials handling issues.
The Tasmania University student-industry session hosted by Elliot Kahn, Ashleigh Smyth and Simon Travers was held Thursday afternoon during the conference. The meeting was aimed as an interactive mentoring forum for students through discussions and career presentations, and covered the challenges of the transition from being a student to a member of the workforce. Several themes were addressed in this session, including the importance of a strong network, adaptability and flexibility. The strong attendance by students and the positive feedback response was great to see.
Between sessions, delegates had the opportunity to catch up on the latest advances in mining geology technology, services and company news through an extensive exhibition space.
The conference app also enabled delegates to schedule time between the conference and exhibition. Furthermore, this provided delegates with an e-satchel in addition to their traditional welcome pack.
The effort of organisers was felt throughout – not only the conference itself but also the pre-conference field trip, Inclusion and Diversity breakfast, conference dinner and post-conference workshops which delivered a holistic experience to delegates.
We look forward to encouraging more new professionals to attend and engage in industry conferences to build networks, share knowledge and gain confidence as they move through their careers in the future.