Santiago: here we come!

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]The 27th International Mineral Processing Conference, IMPC 2014, is going to be an excellent event, and with Chile as the host country, there is so much to look forward to. With over 500 papers and presentations, there is a lot to see, so here are 6 things that in my opinion cannot be missed!

  1. The short courses:

    Prior to the official inauguration of IMPC 2014, three short courses have been organized for delegates as well as other professionals in the field, and will be led by professors from the U.S. and Canada that are experts in sampling theory, patent technology, and geometallurgy.

  2. The networking opportunities:

    IMPC 2014 isn´t just an opportunity to get informed about new technologies and innovation in mineral processing, it´s also an opportunity to network, strengthen existing relationships, and do business. IMPC will have an inaugural ceremony, a cultural outing, an official dinner, and many lunches and coffee breaks where delegates can connect. The event will close with a farewell cocktail, where delegates can share one last pisco sour before heading back to their home countries.

  3. The plenary/keynote speakers:

    If you review the technical program, it´s quite overwhelming. There are many sessions that will run in parallel, so it´s important to review the program prior to your arrival. The 9 plenary presentations and the 17 keynote presentations are the most highly anticipated, and you don´t want to miss out!

  4. The technical sessions:

    Academics and industry professionals from over 60 countries will be presenting research, innovation, and real-world cases about almost every type of mineral. No matter what commodity you specialize in, there will be a session for you, and all delegates will leave with the complete conference proceedings.

  5. The sustainability symposium:

    The 1-day IMPC Sustainability Symposium will be organized in parallel with the technical sessions of the IMPC Congress and is open for all IMPC delegates.The symposium is directed by Roberto Villas-Boas, leader of theIMPC Commission on Sustainability, and Mauricio Torem, Chief Editor of theInternational Journal of Mineral Processing.

  6. The technical visits:

    Since Chile has one of the larger mining industries in the world, it is important that IMPC delegates have the opportunity to participate in technical site visits. One of the alternatives will be to visit Minera Valle Central, close to Rancagua. Minera Valle Central recovers copper and molybdenum from the tailings of the neigbouring El Teniente Division from Codelco. The second option is to visit the Cu/Mo flotation plant at Las Tortolas, that belongs to Anglo American Chile’s Los Bronces Division. Finally, delegates have the option to visit the El Soldado plant El Soldado, which contains an open-pit mine, crushing plants and oxidized and sulfate mineral treatment facilities.

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