Notes from the MetSoc Chair – June 2017

  • By Aidan Giblett, Chair, AusIMM Metallurgical Society

Hi all, this is a quick note to introduce you to our second edition of the AusIMM Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) newsletter for 2017, and to give a brief update of some of the things we’ve been up to.

You’ll see the update from Bianca Newcombe on the 2017 MetFest events in Kalgoorlie and Parkes, as well as the status update on the 2017 Delprat Distinguished Lecture Series. Planning for these events is progressing well and we are very pleased to have Rob Dunne as our 2017 Delprat lecturer speaking on the highly relevant theme of global water demand. Personally, I think the MetFest events are a great format for industry interaction and sharing and hopefully many of you can get along to participate.

I was recently able to attend a similar event in the Ballarat Gold Symposium, coordinated by the Curtin University Gold Group, which was a fantastic technical and networking event. Well done to Teresa McGrath and Bill Staunton in particular for putting that event together. You can read a short recap of the event here.

I hope you will also note the update on the 2017 MetPlant event in this edition of the newsletter from David Pollard, and take particular note of the excellent keynote speakers David has attracted to this event.

Please note also a call for papers has been issued for the Peter Hayes Symposium on Pyrometallurgical Processing, as part of the Extraction 2018 program. This symposium celebrates Peter as a world-leading pyrometallurgist and long-term contributor to the industry. You can look forward to reading more about that in future editions.

We have a number of MetSoc initiatives in progress that we will hopefully be able to update you on in the next editions of the newsletter. One of the more recent initiatives that has been well-supported is the MetSoc webinar series, for which Richard Williams has put together an excellent program for 2017. We’ve had three MetSoc webinars so far this year from Peter McCarthy, Colin Harken and Grant Ballantyne which have attracted a total of over 200 registrations. For any of you who missed those webinars they can be accessed via the AusIMM online shop and are well worth a listen. Thanks to Richard and the 2017 presenters for these efforts and you can look forward to more on that front in the second half of 2017.

Keep well, and don’t forget to send any comments or suggestions to us at



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