SMI Introduction to Risk Assessment

3 September 2020 8:00am4 December 2020 12:30pm
Understanding risk management and assessments is key to maintaining a workplace that is safe for everyone. To this end, the Sustainable Minerals Institute will be hosting a number of Risk Assessment courses for staff and students.
Addressing water and tailings management in a changing world: an integrated approach applied to the Chilean context

Addressing water and tailings management in a changing world: an integrated approach applied to the Chilean context

22 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
The world is experiencing rapidly evolving social and environmental changes that are impacting many areas of mine operation management and contributing to an uncertain future for the industry. This is particularly the case for water resources and tailings management. In this webinar Dr Doug Aitken outlines work undertaken in Chile to develop a roadmap to greater sustainability and resilience.
Book presentation – Local Experiences of Mining in Peru

Book presentation – Local Experiences of Mining in Peru

29 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Gerardo Castillo Guzmán and an expert panel will discuss his recently published book, Local Experiences of Mining in Peru: Social and Spatial Transformations in the Andes. The book draws extensively on field research undertaken by Gerardo in the area of Rio Tinto’s La Granja exploration copper project in the northern Peruvian Andes.

20th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment

25 October 2020 10:15am29 October 2020 11:15am
The International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment provides an integrated perspective on research, technology and management of all aspects of heavy metals in a trans-disciplinary context. It has been well recognised that minerals rich in metal(loid)s from mining and extractive activities have become increasing important sources of pollutants in the environments.
Abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers are particularly encouraged.

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Martin Politick

Open-Autonomy: Breaking the closed stack

18 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
An Interoperable technology stack promotes innovation and provides choice to select better suited technology for your mine.
Uranium is sediment and its significance from the life of mining at Ranger Mine, Northern Territory

Uranium in sediment and its significance from the life of mining at Ranger Mine, Northern Territory

15 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Barry Noller outlines research as part of the rehabilitation of the Ranger Uranium Mine, which saw the development of water quality guideline values (WQGV) for uranium and other metals in local waterbodies to protect aquatic organisms from the effects of metal toxicity.
Paul Linton

Hyperspectral Core Imaging – Geometallurgical Applications

11 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
This webinar will elaborate on how to relate different analytical and data types to solve pressing issues facing the mining industry.
Mining, social performance, and elements of a strategic review

Mining, social performance, and elements of a strategic review

8 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
The last decade has seen intensifying pressure on the mining industry to demonstrate its contribution to development. In this seminar Dr Anthony Kung presents research on how companies can organise for effective social performance. The research design comprises 11 elements that together constitute a strategic review of a company's social performance function.

Planning for Closure - online conference

7 September 2020 9:00am11 September 2020 5:00pm
Dr Gavin Mudd

It's Still About the Environment: Some Great Ideas for Sustainable Mining

4 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
There is increasing debate about the ‘circular economy’ and the role that mining could play in such a scenario, especially linked to the world’s efforts such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As always, when it comes to mining and its current status and future prospects, it’s still, and will always be about the physical and social environment.

Undercover Western Warramunga Province: The Rover Field revealed

1 September 2020 9:00am10:00am
Assoc Prof Paul Gow discusses four new publications (DIP023-026) recently released in the Warramunga Province mineral deposit series focussing on the Rover field to the southwest of Tennant Creek, NT.
Paul Lucey

The emerging importance of living labs in research

28 August 2020 9:00am10:00am
Taking research out of the lab and into a live environment is always an extensive learning process yet, what if your lab is a live environment? Community based living labs are not new although only starting to emerge in Australia now with some importance. What if Australia had region based living lab that encompasses the traditional community aspects but also the surrounding industry and support business?
Shaping the Sustainable Future of Mining

Shaping the Sustainable Future of Mining

21 August 2020 9:00am10:00am
This webinar will present how mining companies can prepare for, and accelerate, the industry transformation to a more sustainable future.
Reclaiming the neglected minerals of development

Reclaiming the neglected minerals of development

18 August 2020 9:00am10:00am
In this webinar Prof Daniel Franks introduces the concept of Development Minerals, i.e. minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture, and interrogates the relationship between minerals, development, livelihoods and poverty reduction.
Operational, Regional and National Benefits from Implementing the Water Accounting Framework in the Bowen Basin Mining Region

Operational, Regional and National Benefits from Implementing the Water Accounting Framework in the Bowen Basin Mining Region

11 August 2020 9:00am10:00am
When CWiMI was created in 2005, companies were under increasing pressure to disclose their environmental, economic and social impacts in corporate reports. CWiMI was asked to assist with achieving consistency in water reporting and in collaboration with the Minerals Council of Australia, developed the mining industry's Water Accounting Framework, which has now been adopted as international guideline. In this webinar, Asso Prof Claire Côte reflects on its benefits.
Alexander Scheuermann Thierry Bore

A contribution to the key question related to tailings - When does a soil behave like a soil and how can we observe that?

7 August 2020 9:00am10:00am
The presentation deals with the question from which condition onwards soil starts to show soil-like properties and how they relate to potential failure mechanisms for Tailings Storage Facilities. Special attention will be given to an emerging monitoring technology based on the electromagnetic measurement method dielectric spectroscopy.
Participatory processes, mine closure and social transitions

Participatory processes, mine closure and social transitions

4 August 2020 9:00am10:00am
Sarah Mackenzie presents results from a research project entitled Participatory processes, mine closure and social transitions carried out under the Social Aspects of Mine Closure Research Consortium at UQ. The objective was to understand the potential participatory mechanisms to achieve a socially just transition and a positive social legacy.
Professor Saleem H Ali

The Geopolitics of Metal Supply Security – Mining, the Circular Economy and Beyond

31 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
The current global tensions between China and the West have the potential for leading to major disruptions in metal supply. This presentation will consider the latest data on supply security based on recent research conducted on resource efficiency, recycling, remanufacturing and frontier sources of metals. The presentation will also explore what role technical mineral processing research can play in relieving some of the stresses created by such geopolitics.
SMI 3MT

SMI 3MT

30 July 2020 2:00pm4:00pm
This year celebrates the 13th year of the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) at The University of Queensland (UQ). Due to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, increasing social distancing measures and public gathering restrictions being implemented, the decision has been made to move the 2020 UQ 3MT Competition to a virtual format (video submission).
Phytomining: using plants to extract valuable metals from tailings

Phytomining: using plants to extract valuable metals from tailings

28 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Antony van der Ent discusses his research into Hyperaccumulators - these are plants that have the ability to accumulate extremely high concentrations of metals in their shoots. Hyperaccumulator plants are known for elements such as cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, selenium, thallium and zinc.
The JKMRC Mill Filling Prediction Tool

The JKMRC Mill Filling Prediction Tool

21 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Francisco Reyes outlines work underway at JKMRC on developing a soft sensor to overcome performance challenges facing Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG) mills.
Two Angles: Investigating Accidents for Lessons Learned

Two Angles: Investigating Accidents for Lessons Learned

14 July 2020 9:00am10:00am
Dr Ben Seligmann outlines how to generate more useful lessons from accident investigations.
Research and Development Priorities for Minerals in Queensland

Research and Development Priorities for Minerals in Queensland

23 June 2020 9:00am10:00am
Professor Rick Valenta presents the results of an analysis of the R&D priorities for minerals (excluding coal) in Queensland - a collaboration between SMI, DNRME, QRC and QEC

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