UQ Minerals Week

5 August 2019

With a bustling UQ Minerals Week behind us, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the week’s events and reflect on some of the outcomes SMI achieved through them. The first thing that needs to be said is 'thank you' to the SMI professionals, academics and HDR students who organised or took part in the week - it wouldn't have been possible without you

UQ Mining and Resources Forum

The week kicked-off with the UQ Mining and Resources Forum, which brought together researchers from The University of Queensland, the University of Capetown, The University of British Columbia, and the University of Exeter. It was all about ice-breaking, introducing UQ’s research capabilities, and energising researchers to begin conversations that could bloom into research collaborations by the week’s end.

Next Generation Resources 2019 Student Conference

On Wednesday, it was the HDR students’ turn to show-off their fantastic work at the Next Generation Resources 2019 Student Conference.

The event is without a doubt one of the most important in the Institute’s calendar as makes it clear what SMI is all about: future leaders working on cross-disciplinary projects for sustainable mining. Over thirty PhD students from five universities introduced us to their work, including 7 videos submitted by our overseas partner universities.  

The HDR organising committee also did a fantastic job of lining up a diverse list of delegates from the mining industry’s movers and shakers, who spoke at length about their organisation was looking for in the next generation of mining leaders.

QUEX International Symposium

The QUEX Symposium then rounded-off the week with a two day final push for cross-university collaboration. SMI really came into its own on the Friday, where two workshops and dozens of thinkers sought practical answers to the questions: What are the roles of universities as change-makers for sustainable development in mining and how do we create a network of universities to advance sustainable development in mining and minerals?