SMI Research Higher Degree Conference 2016

SMI Research Higher Degree Conference 2016

Friday 11 November 2016 (All day)

The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ) is a world-leading research institute dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the challenges of the global resources industry. Our purpose is to develop practical solutions to the challenges of operating sustainably in the resources sector, and our work covers all facets of the life of mine from geology, to minerals extraction, water management issues, minerals processing, workplace health and safety, mine rehabilitation, energy, and community engagement.

Every year, the SMI hosts a one-day conference where current Research Higher Degree (RHD) students present their work. The aim of the conference is to provide students with the opportunity to hone their presentation skills and interact with industry professionals. The success of such an event relies heavily on the involvement of private companies, universities, and government departments.

This year's theme is “Transforming research into sustainable practice in the resources industry”. Additionally, the last session of the day will be a panel discussion focusing on the question “How will the changing face of the industry impact future job roles and availability?”.

Keynote speakers and discussion panellists will be invited from a range of disciplines across industry and academia. There will also be exciting prizes to be won for exceptional presentations. Additionally, there will be a cocktail party held after the main conference event to give attendees the chance to chat about their presentations and meet new people.

Further details and updates will be provided in the lead up to the event, so bookmark this page and keep your eyes peeled for emails about this year's conference. Additionally, follow this link for a map of the UQ St Lucia campus showing the location of the Sir Llew Edwards Building.

To register as an attendee for the event, please click the green "Register" button and follow the instructions. To register as a presenter at the event, please follow the abstract submission guidelines (below). If you have any queries regarding the conference, please do not hestitate to contact Gemma Bloomfield on, or Gernelyn Logrosa on

Abstract submission guidelines:

  • Presenters must be current RHD (PhD or MPhil) students
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words
  • Talks must be 15 minutes long, with an extra 5 minutes for questions
  • Poster presentations must be printed on A0 (841 x 1189 mm) size paper
  • Abstract submissions will close at 5 pm on 23 September 2016
  • Notification of abstract acceptance will be by 5 pm on 14 October 2016
  • Please ensure that the abstract for submission adheres to SMI's work and the conference theme
  • When the abstract is ready for submission, please fill out the form found here
  • Register to attend the event by clicking the green "Register" button and follow the instructions
  • Attend the conference and have a blast!


Friday, 11 November 2016 from 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM (AEST) - Add to Calendar


Room 132, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), The University of Queensland - St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD 4072 - View Map