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Webinar: Critical metal exploration: From greenfields to mine waste

PD Hours
We examine how critical metals inventories can potentially be increased through the mine life cycle from greenfield exploration to waste management, using Queensland-based examples.

About this event

We are on the cusp of a global technology and energy revolution as technology is increasingly integrated in our lives and we seek to transition towards a lower-carbon future. However, the manufacturing of new technologies (e.g., sensors, connectivity networks, electric vehicles, batteries, renewable energy plants) to support this transition requires a reliable source of critical metals including cobalt, lithium, tungsten, rare earth elements, indium, gallium and germanium.


Assoc Prof Paul Gow

Group Leader - Total Deposit Knowledge BRC
Paul has over 20 years’ experience working in mineral exploration and development. He completed a PhD at Monash University investigating iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG)-style deposits on the Stuart Shelf, a deeply covered Proterozoic terrane hosting Olympic Dam and other major mineral deposits. He utilised regional geophysical datasets and detailed analysis of available drill core to add to early understanding of the genesis and controls on IOCG deposits and to provide a solid regional geological framework for future mineral exploration work on the Stuart Shelf.

Following several years with greenfield gold and copper exploration programs on the Gawler Craton in South Australia, Paul returned to a Post-Doctoral research position at CSIRO investigating and modelling regional scale structural controls on mineralisation, with a focus on the porphyry copper deposits of Chile and New Guinea.

He then held roles in copper-dominated mineral exploration and development, including District Geologist, Exploration Manager and General Manager for projects in Australia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea. His stewardship saw resource discovery and/or completion of project studies from Scoping to Feasibility level on IOCG and porphyry copper mineral deposits. Most recently he established a private copper exploration and development company in Chile’s Coastal IOCG Belt.

He is a practising member of the AusIMM, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, and the Geological Society of Australia.

Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox

Group Leader - Mine Waste Transformation through Characterisation (MiWaTCH) BRC
Professionally, Anita has worked as an environmental consultant (2005-06) and as a research assistant for the AMIRA P843 geometallurgy project (2006-07). She worked part-time as a Junior Research Fellow for the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE; 2011-2012) and then went on to become a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Indicators program (2012-2015). Anita was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow for the ARC TMVC Research Hub (2015-2019) where she served as the deputy leader of Theme 3 (minimising geoenvironmental risks) and the leader (2016-2018) of Program 2 (Geometallurgy, Geoenvironment and Mining) at CODES.

Currently, Anita is Group Leader - Mine Waste Transformation through Characterisation (MiWaTCH) at the W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre, within the Sustainable Minerals Institute. Anita's research is focussed on mine waste characterisation to improve mine planning and waste management practices where she has worked with mining industry, METS sector and government stakeholders. She has developed new tests and protocols for improving waste characterisation and is also involved in identifying remediation options for abandoned/ historical mine sites. Most recently, Anita has led industry and government funded projects characterising a range of mine waste materials to evaluate their economic potential.

Date and Time

Tuesday, 05 October 2021
11.00am – 12.00pm (UTC+10:00)


AusIMM Member $0.00
Non-Member $30.00
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