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AMD Workshops

18 & 19 May 2021
Future solutions to reduce AMD risks: A collaborative dialogue workshop 

29.04.2021 Events

Who are we and what are we doing?

As part of Foundational Project 3.6, researchers from partner UWA, have set up two five-hour duplicate events that will take place across different time zones.

Despite having a common goal to reduce AMD risk, different stakeholders have different interpretations and awareness of the issue, resulting in fragmented strategies and in different expectations from those strategies. Stakeholders may have conflicting interests and different appreciations of the intertwined social, cultural, environmental, and economical dimensions of this problem.

Bringing these diverse stakeholders together in dialogue is essential to create future opportunities to solve the AMD challenge. Previous work on complex problems has shown that such dialogue between people with very different perspectives, can in itself be transformational and facilitate ongoing collaborative approaches.

The workshops will convene under the overarching question:

Why has acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) been such an intractable issue and what can be done about it?

Thematic territory you may wish to explore includes, but is not limited to:

  • Who are the key stakeholders that should be involved and what are their interests?
  • How do we argue the case for better AMD management?
  • Where are the emerging opportunities?
  • What role do markets play in promoting progress?
  • Is knowledge about improved AMD management tools effectively and efficiently implemented?
  • What is already occurring and what further research is needed?
  • Is the regulatory environment shaping and/or responding to AMD risk?

What are collaborative dialogue online workshops?

A virtual, online platform (QiQoChat) will be used for these workshops and all participants will have plenty of opportunities to contribute to the conversation. A very wide range of stakeholders including industry practitioners, community groups, mining engineers, policy-makers, NGOs, major investors and researchers, are invited to attend.  The workshops will use Open Space Technology (OST) processes:

  • Participants are invited to engage with an overarching question/theme (see above)
  • Participants will have the opportunity to convene conversations and self-organise into small groups to discuss any aspect(s) of the main theme which is important to them.
  • Your freedom to participate in the way which is most useful to you will be respected.
  • Convenors of conversations will be invited to take notes about their group discussions, which will be consolidated in a Book of Proceedings with no personal identifiers associated with any of the comments to maintain confidentially.
  • The meeting will be facilitated by an independent facilitator
  • A copy of the Book of Proceedings will be sent to all participants within a few weeks of the workshops.

When are the workshops?

There are two options for joining one of our five-hour workshops; each option spans across multiple time-zones.  We hope you can join us for one of these sessions, and you are welcome to join both if that works for you! If you can’t make the full five hours, please join at the starting time, and stay as long as you can.

The starting times for the two options are:

 Workshop Option 1: Tuesday, 18 May

  • Europe (London)                           1pm
  • Africa (Johannesburg)                  2pm
  • South America (Santiago)             8am
  • USA east coast (Boston)               8am
  • Australia (Perth)                            8pm

 Workshop Option 2: Wednesday, 19 May / Thursday, 20 May

  • USA west coast (San Francisco)  4pm (Wednesday, 19 May )
  • Australia (Sydney)                        9am (Thursday, 20 May)
  • China (Beijing)                              7am (Thursday, 20 May)

What happens after the workshop? 

Thematic analysis of our collaborative dialogue with stakeholders will be used to develop research areas or themes for future CRC TiME projects. Given the transferability of concepts and methods applied in this study, we will also assess the usefulness of the collaborative dialogue processes for progressing other contested issues in mined lands.

Should you have any questions, please email Prof. Carolyn Oldham at

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