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Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions now open!

The Underground Operators Conference has a strong tradition of sharing practical and operations-based papers on topics such as:

  • Case studies and papers focussing on new ideas, innovation, problem solving, best practice and experience
  • Papers that offer ideas and practical “take-aways” for those managing various aspects of operations
  • A continued focus on operations rather than academic research.

The conference advisory committee invites abstract submissions for presentation at the Underground Operators Conference, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 7 - 9 April 2025.

Please read about our key dates, themes and submission guidelines.

Submissions will be subject to peer review, then accepted or declined by the committee. The selection criteria includes: relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. All presenting authors are required to register, pay and attend the conference. Presentations will be conducted in-person and all presentations will be recorded for viewing post-conference (with author's permission).

Presenting at an AusIMM conference boosts your professional profile within the industry, highlights your organisation’s achievements, brings awareness to researchers, policy makers and peers of your innovations and progress, and provides opportunities to collaborate for the good of the industry.

Submit your abstract for Underground Operators 2025

Share your knowledge and insights at AusIMM's biggest conference

Conference themes

Presenters are invited to share their knowledge on the key conference themes:

  • Case studies and operating practice
  • Collaboration between suppliers, operations, and alternative industries
  • Feasibility studies and mine design
  • Health and safety, and navigating social licence
  • Technology and innovation
  • Mine ventilation
  • Journey towards net zero
  • People and organisational design

Key dates

11:59pm, Sunday 2 June 2024: Abstract submission deadline
Monday, 15 July 2024: Notification to authors
11:59pm, Sunday 22 September 2024: Draft paper submission
11:59pm, Sunday 15 December 2024: Final paper submission
7 - 9 April 2025: Conference dates

Online Abstract Submission

The conference committee invites abstract submissions for presentation.

The conference will be an in-person event only to encourage personal interaction of authors and delegates; however, all presentations will be recorded for viewing post-conference.

Presenting authors are required to register, pay and attend the conference. Recorded and live-streamed presentations are not permitted in the technical program.

Submissions will be subject to peer review, then accepted or declined by the Conference Organising Committee. The selection criteria includes: relevance to the conference theme, originality, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

Authors of accepted abstracts can subsequently submit extended abstracts or full papers, with revisions provided by peer review from the Conference Organising Committee. Poster presentations are not required to submit a full paper.


Abstracts 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 event website. Submissions will not be accepted via email.

The Committee may, if necessary, limit the number of presentations per author. Submission of abstracts implies the author’s agreement to publish their abstract on the event website. Authors must arrange and pay their own accommodation, travel and expenses to attend the event.

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 next stage, and the requirements around the next stage of submission.

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

AusIMM Guide to Authors

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

Abstract template

Please use this template to submit an abstract to an AusIMM conference.

Paper template

Please use this template to submit a paper to an AusIMM 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.


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 can update or change this at any time prior to the abstract closing date through the Abstract Submission Portal. Post the abstract closing date, please contact

Email us at to see if an extension is possible.

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