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AusIMM – a chance to come together

AusIMM - a chance to come together
AusIMM NZ attendees can expect lots of interesting speakers at this year’s branch conference.

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) 2017 New Zealand branch conference will be an opportunity for the minerals community to come together and show its resilience in the face of on-going challenging times for the industry, says convenor Dean Fergusson.

The conference will be held at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch from September 10-13 and will highlight the latest research, exploration, operational and business news for the New Zealand minerals industry.

“The New Zealand minerals industry is a small community so it is important that we stick together and support each other.

Commodity values are cyclic in nature and the sector is slowly coming back from recent major price downturns across the board and we need to ensure there is a strong minerals community in New Zealand when times get better.

The conference offers attendees good opportunities to network, exchange views, and learn about what is happening in the wider industry,” says Fergusson.

The conference is New Zealand’s premier minerals and coal annual event, attracting a large proportion of its New Zealand member base as well as some overseas interest.

The conference welcomes non-member attendees whether they be researchers, consultants, contractors or regulators.

Fergusson says that the 2017 conference will include presentations on a number of key topics as well as opportunities for the release of the latest industry research.

The Institute is presently calling for papers and posters across a diverse range of topics including the latest exploration research or findings, resource assessment and estimation practices; mining geology and geotechnics, mining studies and operations.

The conference will also carter for operational health and safety and environmental effects management.

Possible plenary topics include the changing face of the coal industry, changes in the approach to minerals research and utilisation, iwi perspectives on land and seabed mining and the state of the industry.

This year the conference hopes to offer pre-conference field trips in the Canterbury and West Coast regions as well as short professional development courses in Christchurch.

The AusIMM 2017 New Zealand Branch conference will be strongly sponsored by OceanaGold, who has been a key supporter of the event in recent years which has enabled the event to continue to be offered to a high standard, says Fergusson.

He is also calling for other sponsors to offer support saying the event provides prime opportunities for industry exposure and promotion.

“This financial assistance from our sponsors provides the resources we need to attract overseas speakers, subsidise the short courses and field trips and of course continue to offer the diverse three day programme and social events to our delegates.

“The feedback in recent years has been very positive across a range of conference offerings and helps to sustain the industry.”

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy now has over 13,000 members, with 280 in the New Zealand branch.

Fergusson says the 2017 conference programme is rapidly shaping into another first class conference.

“We are looking forward to delegates joining us to ensure the New Zealand branch conference remains the premier annual minerals industry technical and networking event. T heir continued support is vital to our on-going success.”

For more details on the 2017 New Zealand AusIMM branch conference conference visit www.confer.co.nz/ausimm_nz2017

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