Notes from the MetSoc Chair

  • By Aidan Giblett, Chair, AusIMM Metallurgical Society

Hi all, and welcome to our Q4 edition of the AusIMM Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) newsletter.

It’s coming to you a little later than planned as we’ve all had our hands full since the last edition. I hope this update gives you some appreciation of what we’ve been spending our time on.

September saw the AusIMM MetPlant conference held in Perth and you can read Janine Herzig’s overview here of what was an excellent event with a number of high quality papers, presentations and panel discussions. The conference was well attended and saw a high level of engagement with the attendees, continuing the high standards of the MetPlant conference from previous years. The event also saw the official release of the AusIMM Spectrum Series publication We are Metallurgists, Not Magicians, a consolidation of a number of practical papers on applications in metallurgy. If you haven’t already secured your own copy, this is a publication I fully recommend you have on your desk. My congratulations to Janine, David Pollard and Geoff Dunlop for once again delivering against their lofty standards for this showcase event.

MetPlant also hosted the first of the 2017 Delprat Distinguished Lecture Series talks by Rob Dunne titled ‘Water: Facts, Perceptions and Conflicts’. Please take note of the schedule for the remaining Delprat lectures in your area and get along to this informative and highly relevant lecture. We appreciate the support of the AusIMM, Extreme Metallurgy, Citic SMCC Process Technology, Orway Mineral Consultants and Magotteaux that allows us to bring this Lecture to a total of ten AusIMM branches again in 2017.

On another note, we are pleased to report Rob’s appointment to the executive editorial team of the Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, incorporating the AusIMM Proceedings, (Section C – Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy) journal. Once Rob gets through his heavy schedule of Delprat talks later this year we’ll be working with him to scope out some specific contributions to the journal that we expect will be of interest to you. So stay tuned on that one, and congratulations to Rob on this appointment.

You can also read an update from Katie Barns, conference chair, on the 2018 AusIMM Mill Operators’ conference. The abstracts have been flowing in for this special event as the 40th anniversary of the original conference, and it is shaping to be the best Mill Operators’ conference yet. I’d encourage you to note the looming abstract deadline, get your submission in, take note of the sponsorship opportunities and reserve the spot in your calendar for our flagship mineral processing conference.

Following on from the successful 2017 regional Central West MetFest, we have recently held a highly successful inaugural MetFest event in Kalgoorlie in October, with a total of 145 participants exceeding our expectations. Well done to Chris Gianatti, his event committee from the AusIMM Kalgoorlie Branch and the team at AusIMM services for pulling this together. I look forward to hearing plans for the next event, and we now cast our eyes on the upcoming event in Parkes, coordinated by Bianca Newcombe – the originator of this fantastic concept. The MetFests are a great platform for informal networking and getting up to speed with industry happenings, so I encourage you all to get along.

Lastly I want to bring you attention to an upcoming webinar event, and you can read an overview of this next webinar by Jim Wallace. Our webinar program continues to receive strong interest from the industry, and we will shortly be finalising our program for 2018. If you have any suggestions on topics and speakers for webinars, would like to get involved in any of our activities or have any comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email at and let’s hear your thoughts.



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