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Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are now open

The Conference Organising Committee invites abstract submissions for presentation at the MetPlant Conference in May 2023.

Abstracts that include contemporary case studies and demonstrate world’s best practice in metallurgical plant design, expansion, commissioning and operation are welcome. Authors are also invited to consider design challenges and potential solutions as well as papers addressing energy efficiency, waste minimisation, ESG considerations and social responsibility. 

In addition to the traditional themes MetPlant always features under the overarching theme of “World’s Best Practice in Metallurgical Plant Design and Operating Strategies”, the Organising Committee is also introducing some new topical themes. These include, but are not limited to, process safety and ESG in autonomous operations, modularisation of plants, acid integrity remediation, issues with brownfields projects, carbon footprint reductions, project management, social performance and designing for renewable energy – eg increasing use of solar and other renewables.

As always, collaborative papers between clients, engineers and designers are strongly encouraged. Abstracts that are accepted by the Conference Organising Committee will be subject to peer review. The selection criteria include relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented during the technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to register, pay and attend the conference.

We will be offering presentations onsite at Crown Perth as well as presentations on our virtual platform. Presenters are encouraged to present in-person where possible, with an option of pre-recording presentations for our virtual platform if they are unable to travel.

Conference themes

  • Design and operational case studies
  • Comminution and preconcentration
  • Construction and commissioning
  • Control and instrumentation
  • Greenfield, brownfield and expansion design
  • ESG and process safety in plant design (including autonomous and semi-autonomous operations)
  • Feasibility studies, project management
  • Geometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, biometallurgy and pyrometallurgy
  • Critical minerals, rare earths and industrial minerals processing
  • Maintenance and optimisation and modularisation
  • Solid-liquid separation, thickening and filtration
  • Tailings, water and emissions management, design and operation
  • Acid integrity remediation and carbon certification/carbon footprint
  • Policy alignment and social performance (investment imperative)


Key dates

24 June 2022: Abstract submission deadline
24 October 2022: Notification to Authors
19 December 2022: Draft paper submission
6 March 2023: Final drafts due
29 – 31 May 2023: Conference dates

Abstract submissions are open

Recognition of high-quality technical papers

During the event, a small panel will agree on the Best Paper and Best Presentation and these will be awarded in the Closing Session of the Conference.

After this event, selected high-quality papers may be submitted for publication in one of the prestigious AusIMM/IOM3 Transactions journals: Mining Technology, Applied Earth Science, or Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. These papers will also qualify for consideration for The AusIMM Best Paper Prize, which is awarded annually at The AusIMM Awards Dinner.

Innovation Award

During the conference, there will be a presentation of a trophy by the MetPlant Convenor and RME Global for the paper judged as being the most innovative and providing “thought leadership”.


2019 Metplant Innovation Award winners.

Online Abstract Submission

Papers that are accepted by the organising committee will be subject to peer review. The selection criteria include relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation. All accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings and presented at conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present their extended abstracts.


Abstracts/papers must be submitted as a PDF document only using the specific format as per the abstract template submitted through the abstract submission portal on the conference website. Submissions will not be accepted via email.

The Committee may, if necessary, limit the number of presentations per author. Presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register and pay to attend the Conference as a delegate. Submission of abstracts implies the author’s agreement to publish their abstract on the conference website. Authors must arrange and pay their own accommodation, travel and expenses to attend the Conference.

Once the abstract submission deadline has passed, the organising committee will review all submitted abstracts. Authors will then be notified whether or not the abstract has been accepted for the program and whether an extended abstract or full paper is required.

All enquiries should be directed to:

  • Abstracts must be a minimum of 250 words, and a maximum of 300 words
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Arial 11-point font
  • The abstract title must be typed in Arial 14 point, bold and centred font
  • The presenting author/s name/s must be underlined
  • All author details, post nominals and affiliations must be included
  • All author email address must be included
  • Authors may include a maximum of five keywords sufficient to highlight the relevant topics to be addressed in the paper
  • Abstracts must be text only – graphics, images or graphs should not be included

Author resources

Abstract Guide

MetPlant Guide to Authors

A detailed guide outlining the formatting policy for conference proceeding papers.

MetPlant abstract template

Please use this template to submit an abstract to the MetPlant conference.

MetPlant paper template

Please use this template to submit a paper to the MetPlant Conference.

Abstract submission FAQs

Submit your abstract via the Abstract Submission Portal. Instructions on how to submit your abstract can be found on the home page of the portal, via this link.


Yes – you will need to format your abstract using the abstract template. This can be found within the Abstract Submission Portal.

The abstract review process begins after the abstract submission deadline has passed. It usually takes around four weeks for the organising committee to review all submitted abstracts and reach a decision. This may take longer if the number of abstracts submitted exceeds expectations.

We will contact you via email regardless of the outcome.

Once you have submitted your abstract you cannot replace it in the Abstract Submission Portal. Email your updated abstract to and we will upload it for you.

Email us at to see if an extension is possible.

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