The International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium receives a record number of abstracts; 242 from 42 countries

The organising commitee is currently evaluating the abstracts received and determining which will be invited to form part of the Symposium’s technical programme. The event is scheduled for October of this year in Antofagasta, Chile.

Over 400 authors from around the world responded to the call for papers for the 20th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium. Since its inception, the symposium has aimed to generate discussion surrounding the challenges, innovations and developments regarding research, engineering, and operation of biohydrometallurgical plants and bioremediation.

In total, 242 abstracts from 42 countries were received ranging from Kazakhstan, Russia and Serbia to Korea, China and Indonesia, to name a few. The abstracts are currently being reviewed by the Chilean Organising Committee and those authors who have advanced to the next round are being notified. Once these authors submit their final articles and they are reviewed yet again by the International Scientific Committee, the IBS 2013 technical programme will be formed.

The event will take place from 8-11 October in Antofagasta. The city is located in the northern region of Chile, in the heart of the mining industry. The region is not solely notable for its copper sulfide ore bioleaching operations, but also for its mineral processing plants.

The previous version of the symposium was held in 2011 in Changsha, China. This will be the second time the symposium comes to Chile and the first time it will be held in such a diverse and active mining region as the Atacama Desert.

IBS 2013 is organised by Gecamin and presided over by Cecilia Demergasso, Director of the Centre for Biotechnology at the Universidad Católica del Norte Centre for Scientific and Technological Research for the Mining Industry, Antofagasta Region.

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