The Next Generation Resources Conference is a global online event for postgraduate research students across all disciplines relating to mineral resources, from exploration through to end product.

It will showcase a variety of types of virtual contributions, including pre-recorded short presentations succinctly highlighting the participants’ research, as well as written submissions. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The conference will feature a competition to identify the best student presentation, where last year’s winning student was awarded an international trip to the four partner universities located in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa. This year we hope to offer similar prizes and opportunities.

The Next Generation Resources 2020 conference is organised by a committee of postgraduates hailing from the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Exeter (UK) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa).


The organising committee for the Next Generation Resources 2020 conference invites abstracts for consideration until 1 October 2020, and will be framed around the following topics: 

  • Exploration & Mine Production
  • Sustainable Processing & Closure 
  • Artisanal & Unconventional Mining 
  • Circular Economy & Policy 
  • Breaking Silos 

The organising committee welcomes contributions from across the broad spectrum of the resources sector, throughout different mine life-stages, tackling issues from different regional and cultural perspectives. The organising committee encourages authors to consider framing their abstract within the following presentation types:  

  1. Pre-recorded presentation (including talks with slides, short films or other formats) 
  2. Virtual poster presentation  

Additionally, the conference will allow for interested contributors to take part in live interviews or panel discussions on breaking silos within and across the resources sector.  

Final pre-recorded presentations will be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. Entries prepared for ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competitions are also welcomed. Detailed guidelines and instructions for the preparation of presentations will be sent immediately upon acceptance of the abstract. The deadline for submission of final presentations to be included in the event will be 9 November 2020. All presentations will be reviewed for acceptance by the organising committee.   


Abstracts can be uploaded at the following link:   Abstract Submission

The following elements are required: 

  • Title (no more than 100 characters) 
  • Authors (name, affiliation, and country) 
  • Abstract (300-500 words) 
  • Author contact details
  • Indication of interest in conference events, including participation in panels, interviews and cross-disciplinary activities 
    SMI 2020 HDR Conference

    November 23-24

    Global online event

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    Important Dates

    Abstracts Proposals Due: 
    1 October 2020

    Abstract Acceptance: 
    25 October 2020

    Presentations/Posters Due: 
    9 November 2020 

    Presentations displayed online: 
    16-24 November 2020 

    Showcase sessions:
    23-24 November 2020



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