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New Zealand Branch - Call For Papers: Sustainability – The Next Generation - Mini-Conference

New Zealand Branch
· 300 words, 2 minute read

The NZ Branch of AusIMM will be offering a forum/mini-conference on sustainable minerals to be held in Taupo from 9–11 September 2021.

This continues our recent tradition of offering explorers forums on minerals of interest to both our NZ members and non-members. In recent years we have delivered Otago Gold 2017, Epithermal Gold 2018, Reefton Gold 2019, and, most recently, West Coast Placer Minerals 2020. The focus of this year’s forum will be future minerals needed for the low-carbon economy, sustainability practices, regulatory issues and Iwi perspectives. This forum will entail a two-day, single-stream programme, followed by a one day field trip.  The forum is in part designed to complement our recent sustainable career roadshow delivered to NZ universities in March and April. We want to attract researchers, explorers, and operators, and especially Young Professionals working in the minerals sector. We also want to attract and inspire University students undertaking research in earth sciences, environmental, engineering and societal aspects of minerals in the hope that they forge a career in the minerals sector.

Currently the forum subject areas are Geothermal Systems, Industrial Minerals, Minerals from Alteration Processes, REE, Policy/Iwi, Rehabilitation and Community, Sustainability, Life-cycle Management, and Prospectivity. Chaired sessions will comprise five presentations on these themes and speaking slots will be 15–20 mins duration. Formal papers are not required. However, we do request that, where possible, a PDF of the presentation can be made available online to delegates following the forum.

If you wish to give a presentation, please email the NZ Branch at ausimmnz@gmail.com with your name, credentials, organisation and a working title.

We would appreciate responses by end of Friday 2nd July.

We plan to release an initial programme and forum details by end July. 

Registrations will be open from around mid-August.

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