UQ Mining and Resources Forum

22 November 2017

The inaugural UQ Mining and Resources Forum was held on Thursday 16 November. It was fantastic to have contributions from UQ’s Executive, the Faculty of Business Economics and Law; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology; the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Faculty of Science and the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

As UQ continues to place itself at the centre of global and local challenges in the resources sector, we are partnering with industry leaders around the world to drive the shift towards sustainable development and more equitable outcomes for communities affected by mineral resource extraction. UQ offers access to world-class industry-facing researchers in the social, political, environmental, and earth sciences – disciplines that will shape the future of mining.

The purpose of the UQ Mining and Resources Forum was to enable the key complementary research capacity within UQ to connect, thereby improving communication and coordination across the University.  Professor Neville Plint, Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute and Professor Simon Biggs, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology invited all UQ academics to participate in the forum by providing a 5-minute overview of how their research and other engagement activities touched the sector.

There were over 35 speakers on the day and the presentations were informative and succinct.  Mr Charlie Sartain, UQ Senator and SMI Advisory Board Chair, closed the forum congratulating participants on their game-changing research, the openness of knowledge transfer and willingness to work collaboratively in the spirit of OneUQ. 

The full speakers list was made up of the following.  If their presentation is not included, please feel free to contact them directly to discuss. (Click on the    to download)

Name Position Presentation
Mr Charlie Sartain UQ Senator and SMI Advisory Board Chair  
Professor Mark Blows Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Professor Neville Plint Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI)
Professor Simon Biggs Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology  
Professor Peter Knights School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Dr Grant Ballantyne Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC)
Dr Carol Bond UQ Business School
Dr Jeff Gates UQ Materials Performance
Professor Robin Burgess-Limerick Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (SMI-MISHC)
Professor Hal Gurgenci School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Adjunct Professor Christine Charles Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (SMI-CSRM)
Dr Grace Muriuki Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (SMI-CSRM)
Dr Thomas Baumgartl Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR)
Professor Evgueni Jak Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre
Dr Marcin Ziemski Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC)
Dr Zhongwei Chen School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Professor Longbin Huang Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR)
Professor Ross McAree School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Ms Danellie Lynas Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (SMI-MISHC)
Dr Richard Martin School of Social Science
Professor Anh Nguyen School of Chemical Engineering
Professor Malcolm Powell SMI-Operational Excellence
Associate Professor Margaret Stephenson TC Beirne School of Law
Dr Sue Vink Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (SMI-CWiMI)
Dr Carlos Spier School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Mr Peter Roe Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR)
Dr James Vaughan School of Chemical Engineering
Dr Jill Harris Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (SMI-MISHC)
Professor Gordon Southam School of Earth and Environmental Sciences  
Associate Professor Kelly Fielding School of Communication and Arts
Professor Rick Valenta WH Bryan Mining & Geology Centre (SMI-BRC)
Professor Joan Esterle School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Mr Robin Evans SMI Transformational Learning
Dr Kym Runge Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC)

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