Megan reports on today's events:
One can consider this conference the “mineralogists” version of the IMPC: a large (800+ delegates), international conference (49 countries), with numerous scientific sessions (up to 10 parallel sessions), and of course something to interest everyone. This conference, the 1st of the IMA meetings to be held on the African continent, is organised by the Mineralogical Association of South Africa, in partnership with the Geological Society of South Africa: Dr Sabine Verryn (XRD Analytical and Consulting), Dr Craig Smith (GSSA), and Dr Desh Chetty (Mintek) being the key people who have worked long and hard over the past 4 years to make the conference a reality.
|Catching up at the welcome function: Prof Dee Bradshaw (University of Queensland), Dr Desh Chetty (Mintek),|
Hanna Horsch (Hazen Research, USA), Dr Megan Becker (University of Cape Town)
and Dr Sabine Verryn (XRF Analytical and Consulting)
|Gumboot dancing demonstration at the opening ceremony: Part of South Africa’s cultural heritage|
The day finished off with the plenary by MEI's Flotation '15 consultant Professor Dee Bradshaw from the University of Queensland on the “Valuable role of process mineralogy in the future of the mining industry”. This really was a fantastic and well received plenary - but given that she is going to present something similar at the IMPC next month in Chile, I’m not going to steal her thunder and write about it here.
All in all, a very exciting 1st day of the conference in what promises to be a great week.