Speaker:  Martin Lynch, Manager, Solahart

Abstract: The urbanisation and industrialisation of China has driven a several decades-long period of strong growth in demand for global minerals.  That is now over, and the world is heading into what will be a several decades-long period where this urbanisation-driven demand will be weak right across the globe. But it's not all gloomy. The bright spot on the demand horizon is the restructuring of global energy systems.

This is a special seminar, dedicated to the memory of Emeritus Professor Alban Lynch, the founding director of the JKMRC in 1971

Bio: Martin Lynch holds a BE Chemical from The University of Queensland and worked at Rio Tinto from 1990 to 2002, in various operational and corporate roles.  He then consulted in the mineral industry for six years before moving on to owning a small business selling and installing renewable energy systems.  Martin is the author of several books, notably 'Mining In World History', published in 2002. Martin is the son of Emeritus Professor Alban Lynch.

In 2021, Martin published 4 short books which, taken together, explore and try to explain how global economic developments drive mineral demand:

  • How China Made It: the road from agrarian poverty to manufacturing dominance
  • The Mining Boom of 2004
  • The Path to industrialisation: 1880 to 2050
  • Oversupply: mineral demand to 2050

About JKMRC Friday Seminars 2023

Welcome to the 2023 Series of the JKMRC Friday Seminars.  The list of presentations will aim to cover a range of topics related to the minerals sector from decision making in exploration, new mineral processing technologies, social licence to operate and mine closure.

The JKMRC Friday Seminars will be presented often in person, at the Indooroopilly Mine Site Lecture Theatre, and also as webinar.  Registration for the webinar is required and can be made via the registration link in each seminar overview.

A large number of past webinars can be accessed on the SMI website: https://smi.uq.edu.au/webinars

Previous seminars have been uploaded to YouTube via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/smiuq

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