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Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria 

The Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria was founded in Valparaíso on 27 April, 1926, when the Federico Santa María Foundation was established, thanks to his Will and Testament. The entrepreneur and businessman from Valparaíso wanted to leave his country with a center of scientific and technological studies to train professionals at the highest level. On December 20, 1931, the Crafts School and the Engineering College, "José Miguel Carrera", were inaugurated with academic activity starting in 1932. In 1935, the Foundation was officially named Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

In the 1970's the university started a university technician training program in the area of science and technology, with the establishment of the Viña del Mar branch, "José Miguel Carrera", and the Concepción branch, "Rey Balduino de Bélgica".

In 1995, the first Campus in Santiago (Vitacura) opened. In 1996, the USM Campus Guayaquil opened in Ecuador, making it the first Chilean University to open a campus abroad. In 2000, USM and LAN Chile joined to found the Aeronautical Sciences Academy (ACA) at the Santiago - Vitacura Campus. This innovative project links the academic sector to the aeronautical industry with its mission to prepare top level professionals for the Latin American market. In 2009 the second Campus in Santiago (San Joaquín) was opened. This new campus will strengthen the university's presence in the Metropolitan Region.

After 80 years the University is reputed for its prestige and leadership in engineering, science and technology.

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Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC)

The Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC) is the leading research center in Chile in Technology Applied to Mining and whose mission is to generate world-class multidisciplinary research, transfer new technologies and form advanced human capital responding to the challenges of the mining sector to ensure welfare and development for Chile and the world.

The AMTC was created in March 2009, after being selected by the Partnership Research Program of CONICYT under the Baseline Funding Program for Scientific and Technological Centers of Excellence. The AMTC has managed to consolidate and integrate the activities of five research teams with extensive experience in the training of researchers and top professionals as well as in the development of scientific excellence.

Its 176 scientists are integrated within the five research groups: Exploration and Deposit Modeling; Mining Design and Planning; Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy; Mining Automation; Water and Environmental Sustainability. In addition, AMTC has established important cooperations, and joint research initiatives with world class science organizations and technology centers. Among the AMTC partners are CODELCO and BHP Billiton Base Metals, whose representatives are also members of the AMTC Board.

Universidad de Alberta


The University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s most dynamic, internationally recognized post-secondary institutions, well known for the breadth, quality and rigor of its undergraduate and graduate programs. Considered among the world’s leading public research-intensive universities.  Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and attracts nearly $500 million in sponsored research revenue. The university offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses. The university has more than 240,000 alumni worldwide.

The Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) is an industrial research consortium currently with seven sponsoring companies including: Newmont, BHP Billiton, Maptek, Suncor, Shell, Iron Ore of Canada, and Mintec.

The MOL is focused on two main interconnected areas of research: applications of operations research in mine planning and design, and simulation of mining systems. The MOL practices dissemination of technologies developed and verified by the lab to practitioners through a yearly technical conference, annual research reports, journal and conference publications, and a professional development workshop series through the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta.

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Powering professional development for sustainable mining

Gecamin is a company with 18 years of experience organizing technical and international conferences for the mining industry. Our conferences aim to inform and inspire professionals from all over the world, fostering the exchange of best practices and innovative experiences.

Over 23,000 professionals have attended our events and have been trained in areas fundamental to the mining industry. These areas include Geology and Mining, Mineral Processing, Hydrometallurgy, Sustainability and Environment, Water and Energy, Maintenance and Automation, and Human Capital.

Gecamin seeks to contribute to the sustainable development of the mining industry by openly addressing its most pressing concerns and by offering a platform for knowledge exchange that aims at identifying the most sustainable solutions.

In 2015, Gecamin organized 9 conferences and 9 courses, with a total of 696 technical presentations, gathering 2,416 delegates from 57 countries. Additionally, a total of 623 delegates from mining sites attended, and a book with the proceedings was published for each conference.

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