Russia is mining its expertise in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy to bring the XXIX International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2018) and International Exhibition IMPC2018-EXPO to Moscow in September.
The congress is seen as a very important and long-awaited event for Moscow. The Congress started in 1952 in London, and last took place in what is now Russia in the USSR’s Leningrad in 1968.
A letter from the host committee states: “It is a great honour for us to host the Congress for the first time in Moscow. The Congress will gather over 1,000 professionals and academics from all over the world to exchange knowledge and experience, to present the results of scientific research and to discuss innovations in the mining industry. Top universities specializing in mineral processing, all biggest mining companies, the major leading providers of services and technologies will participate in the Congress.”
Indeed, the host bid comprised a long list of heavy hitters in the mineral processing and metallurgy fields, of which Russia is renowned. The Russian delegation was represented by 40 scientists from the leading institutes and universities of Russia and members of the business community. The delegation was headed by Valentine Chanturiya – academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a prominent scientist in mineral processing, and the author of more than 400 scientific works, including 40 invention patents.
Other hosts include: the Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which for more than 35 years has been a centre of basic research in the field of mining sciences, producing a number of leading experts that have made a major contribution to the development of Earth sciences; and The National University of Science and Technology MISi, which combines advanced educational technology with fundamental and applied research in the field of metallurgy, materials science, mining and mineral processing.
The Congress has also receive support from the Government of Russia and major industry players EuroChem Group, Metalloinvest Management Company, TOMS engineering, diamond mining company ALROSA, UMMC (Ural Mining Metallurgical Company, mineral processing technology company RIVS, and IRGIREDMET, the Irkutsk Research Institute of Precious and Rare Metals and Diamonds.
The programme will also feature industrial tours of: Lebedinsky GOK (Gubkin), the largest enterprise in Russia for the mining and beneficiation of iron ore; OEMK (Stary Oskol), the only full-cycle steelmaking enterprise in Russia; and the EuroChem-Usolsky Potassium Plant, the largest producer of mineral fertilizers in Russia.
The event attracted more than 1,000 abstracts from participants from 44 countries.
(via ICCA, IPMC)
Featured image: Lebedinsky GOK, via Metalloinvest