As we all return to work following the end of year break, I’d like to wish all members a very happy and successful 2017 and I look forward to meeting and working with many of you. We begin the year with a focus on the expanded professional development opportunities and the modes of delivery that the AusIMM will offer to all members in 2017. By offering a wide range of professional development services and opportunities, the AusIMM enables our members to continually improve their professional skills so that they can become and remain leaders in the global minerals sector.
An excellent way to continue your professional learning is to attend an AusIMM conference in 2017. This year’s schedule includes nine conferences on topics ranging from health and safety to metallurgical plant design to iron ore. The first conference for the year is Minesafe International in May, which will bring together the industry’s leading health and safety practitioners to discuss the latest advances in the sector. Later in the year, the highly popular International Mining Geology Conference will be held in Hobart, while the AusIMM Underground Operators’ Conference celebrates its 40th anniversary with a strong program of keynote speakers and technical papers. In addition to these, we have the Eighth World Conference on Sampling and Blending in May, Iron Ore 2017 in July, the Australian Mine Ventilation Conference in August and MetPlant 2017 in September. I encourage all members to have a look at this year’s schedule and attend or participate in an AusIMM conference in 2017. AusIMM conferences provide an excellent forum for you to meet with your peers, learn about the latest developments in the industry and further develop your professional standing and career opportunities.
A new way of delivering professional development opportunities to our members is through the AusIMM’s webinar program. The Institute offers a selection of webinars for download that are presented by some of the leading figures in the mining industry. Topics include mine closure, geometallurgy, plant performance, exploration and leadership, and they are an invaluable resource for all members. We have a number of new webinars and keynote speaker recordings planned for 2017, so keep an eye out for upcoming announcements.
It will be another exciting year for our wide network of Branches, with technical talks, networking events, workshops and seminars taking place all around Australia and overseas. If you haven’t been able to make it to an event at your local Branch recently, I urge you to make an effort to attend. Our hard-working Branch committees put a lot of work into organising events that provide invaluable learning opportunities to our members and give like-minded professionals a place to meet and discuss the minerals sector.
The AusIMM’s Societies and Committees also have a number of initiatives and events planned for 2017. In addition to their usual activities, the Societies and Committees are planning to deliver additional technical content in 2017 through the AusIMM’s webinar program. These will provide members with learning opportunities that are specific to their areas of expertise and will further enhance their development as professionals.
As we begin a new year, we encourage all members to take some time to consider their current career paths and perhaps revisit their career goals. Improvements in the outlook for the minerals sector mean that new opportunities are likely to present themselves in 2017. The AusIMM can assist you by keeping your skills up to date, staying on top of the latest developments in the industry and continually developing yourself as a minerals professional.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with our 2017 President Colin Moorhead and the AusIMM Board. We look forward to supporting you with new challenges and to hearing your suggestions for future initiatives for the benefit of all members.