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Special mine closure and transition Symposium at the 2023 World Mining Congress

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Our Research Director Professor Tom Measham is leading a Symposium at the World Mining Congress, 26 – 29 June in Brisbane. We asked him a bit about the Congress and what delegates can expect from the Symposium.


Professor Tom Measham at power plant, standing on bridgeWhy is the World Mining Congress a highlight for the CRC TiME calendar?

The World Mining Congress has been running for 60 years and is the leading international conference for the mining sector bringing together research, industry and government from around the world. This is the first time it is coming to Australia so it’s a significant event for CRC TiME and for the country in general.

You’re leading a Symposium at the World Mining Congress this year. Tell us a bit about it – what can people expect?

The Symposium brings together from Australia, Canada, Finland, Ghana, India, Mongolia, Poland, Slovakia, and USA. It will feature a panel discussions and presentations including case studies on different aspects of mine closure and transition to post-mining economies.
Working closely with the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies, the Symposium will bring together representatives from industry, governments and local communities. At the Symposium, we are highlighting Indigenous leaders with a plenary panel discussion led by Jim Walker who is Chair of the CRC TiME First Nations Advisory Team.

What sorts of panels will make up the Symposium, and what topics will they cover?

There will be two exciting panels at the Symposium. The first one focuses on First Nations Perspectives on sustainability and transitions in mining economies. Chaired by Jim Walker, the panel comprises Vanessa Elliot from CRC TiME, Nalaine Morin from Skeena Resources, Canada and Jonathan McLeod, from the Northern Land Council. It’s going to be a standout discussion.

The other panel is on the significance of good closure for the future of the sector. I have the joy of Chairing this panel myself and looking forward to hearing from Nadja Kunz of the University of British Columbia, Brad Welsh, from ERA, Guy Boggs from CRC TiME and Anarmaa Sharkhuu, Mongolia Research and Development Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Which other CRC TiME partners will be participating in the World Mining Congress? Any highlights you’re looking forward to?

CRC TiME will be well represented at the Symposium. Many of the presentations will be given by partner representatives from research organisations, Industry, METS companies and government.

We also have CRC TiME leaders and Board members in panel discussions. We also have presentations from global organisations like ICMM and presenters from a wide range of contexts beyond CRC TiME with potential for future collaboration.

How can people participate in the Symposium?

People can register just for the Symposium ($250) or combine it with full registration for the rest of the World Mining Congress. Registration available at: