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McGill University, The Department of Mining and Materials Engineering 

Founded in 1821, McGill has carved out a spot among the world's greatest universities growing to 12 Nobel Prize winners, 40,000 students, 250,000 living alumni, and a reputation for excellence that reaches around the globe.  McGill is the most international of North American universities located in the heart of Canada’s most culturally diverse city – Montreal.

McGill University has been home to leading research in mining and materials engineering for 135 years. The Department of Mining and Materials Engineering boasts one of McGill’s most vibrant research programs, with highly-respected professors and students from around the globe. Materials Engineering research draws upon many fields to build working prototypes and processes in mineral/metal processing and advanced materials (aerospace coatings, biomaterials, nanomaterials, and electronic/energy materials). Mining engineering research strengths include mine design, planning, and optimization, orebody modelling, stochastic models and risk analysis in mine valuation, rock mechanics, and numerical modelling.

Mineral processing is of paramount importance to the way we live our lives.  As the world’s economies grow, the demand for metals and other mined products increases. However, while demand is increasing, the amount of mineral in ores is decreasing placing greater emphasis on efficient mineral extraction and recovery. The role of mineral processing is to utilize current knowledge to improve recovery processes, and to develop new processes which meet strict environmental standards, with specific research interests including:

  • Air dispersion measurements in flotation machines
  • Novel solvent extraction methods
  • Frother roles and analysis
  • Froth and foam characterization
  • Flotation cell and circuit optimization
  • Physicochemical properties of minerals
  • Gravity separation
  • Self-heating characteristics of sulfide minerals
  • Particle tracking in mineral processing

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Universidad de Concepción

Universidad de Concepción, Chile, The Department of Metallurgical Engineering

Universidad de Concepción, from 1961 sealed his commitment to mining and the country, when it began the career of Civil Metallurgical Engineering, until today, more than 800 engineers have graduated from our classrooms to join the productive world. Currently, about 35 professionals graduate each year after an 11-semester training, where the emphasis is on extractive metallurgy, human resources and economic training; English in a framework of security and the environment. In 2013, and in order to reinforce our commitment to mining, the career of Civil Engineering of Mines was created, with an offer of 70 seats and a strong demand, a career that has had an excellent response positioning ourselves as the second highest scores nationwide, it also contemplates an 11-semester training and with the same features and emphasis previously mentioned.

The department also teaches graduate Master and PhD programs in Metallurgical Engineering, enabling our best undergraduate students can complement their training earlier, whether on Metallurgy or Mine engineering.

Since its beginnings, the Department has maintained a close relationship with the productive world through technical assistance programs, memories plan, internships, study tours and scholarships, which promotes continuous feedback from the industry requirements. Today we are the national counterpart to the International Centre of Excellence (CEI-Chile-CORFO) who heads the University of Queesland-Australia.

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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, there were a total of 623 representatives of mining sites , and a book with the proceedings was published for each conference.

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