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Resources for Future Generations 2018 Preliminary Program has been Released

Resources for Future Generations 2018

We’ve been excited about the Resources for Future Generations 2018 conference but reading through the Preliminary Program has got us inspired!

RFG2018 aims to provide participants with a program that will explore six vital and inter-related themes that are multidisciplinary in nature: the Earth, Energy, Minerals, Water, Resources and Society, and Education and Knowledge.

The four-day technical program has 1,500+ authors already committed to the conference, with 50% of the presenters from Canada and the other 50% from all other regions of the world. It’s a truly impressive cohort from a vast array of disciplines.

The topics of both keynotes and technical sessions are central to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. RFG2018 will provide an unprecedented view of the earth and the availability of resources for human sustainability. Expect big picture thinking, dialogue, technical presentations, and social interaction. Established science, innovation, policy, social benefits, and impact will all be part of RFG2018.

Check out the preliminary program here #RFG2018


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Connecting BIG ideas with Practical Solutions at RFG2018

Resources for Future Generations 2018

It’s all about being innovative, provocative and engaging at Resources for Future Generations 2018.
The 4-day scientific program will feature an opening plenary session, as well as themed special sessions throughout the technical program, all of which aim to spark energetic conversation and debate on how to tackle earth’s most pressing challenges.

With a growing agenda of note-worthy keynotes, speakers, and session leaders supporting the event, here are just a few members of the earth sciences community who will be presenting their research and knowledge:

  • Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Paul Bauman, Technical Director of the Near Surface Geophysics group of Advisian WorleyParsons
  • Dr Richard Blewett, General Manager of the Minerals Systems Branch at Geoscience Australia
  • John Ludden, Executive Director at the British Geological Survey  
  • Thomas Graedel, Emeritus at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
  • Robert Armstrong, MIT Energy Initiative
  • Megan Leslie, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • Daniel Lebel, Director General of the Geological Survey of Canada
  • Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication and Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at Plymouth University
  • Dr. Scott Tinker, co-producer of the documentary Switch
  • Merran Smith, founder and executive director of Clean Energy Canada
  • Dominique Weis, Canada Research Chair in the Geochemistry of the Earth's Mantle at the University of British Columbia. 
  • Ross Beaty, Geologist and Resource Entrepreneur 

This is an ambitious, far-reaching initiative that will generate new ideas and conversations and further our understanding of the nexus between minerals, energy, water and how human society can sustain itself on Earth well into the future. The aim is to connect the big thinkers with practical matters and real-world situations. As proud partners in this venture, we hope you will consider registering.

Take a moment and review the program here.


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World Mining Congress 2018: Stages of program formation

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From June 19 till June 22, the 25th anniversary World Mining Congress will be held in Astana. Such large-scale event of world significance is held for the first time not only in Kazakhstan, but also in the territory of CIS. Kazakhstan was chosen not casually for anniversary WMC. Country's resources are a rich mineral resource base: 99 elements of periodic table are found in internal parts of the earth, 5000 active deposits, more than 60 elements are used in production.

It should be noted that in terms of MMC market, 2017 was completed successfully for Kazakhstan. As a result of the past year, volume of mining industry grew by 9.3%, processing industry - by 5.1%. Volume of extraction of non-ferrous metal ores increased by 8.2%, volume of extraction of iron ore increased by 6.9%. Indicators in metallurgy sector show positive dynamics, which is explained by increase in volume of production: in ferrous metallurgy volume grew by 6.6%, whereas in non-ferrous metallurgy growth in production was 5.5%.

Introduction of Code "On subsurface and subsurface use", signed on December 27, 2017, corresponds to the best world practice: improvement of legislation in the light of introduction of international system of reporting standards greatly simplifies the procedure for concluding subsurface use contracts, ensures stability of subsurface use conditions and contributes to investment attractiveness of industry.

World Mining Congress in Kazakhstan will be held under the slogan "Innovative superiority is a step forward on the way to the growth of world mining industry". Within the framework of Congress, a number of thematic sessions will be held, dedicated to innovative solutions of industry, attracting investments in industry of the world's leading companies in mining industry. Marek Calka, Chairman of World Mining Congress, Dean of the Faculty of Geomechanics of Polish University of Science and Technology (AGH), author of more than 55 scientific papers, will make an opening speech. Marek Calka is a member of International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM), as well as International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnics (ISSMGE).

World experts of mining industry will take part in plenary session "Technological innovations and best practices in mining industry – future is today". The section moderator is Mikael Karmic, director of Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Studies. Invited speakers are - Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Chairman of the

Board of Managers of ERG S.a.r.l Alexander Mashkevich, President of Vale S.A. Keithiro Matsuo (Brazil), Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Jean Sebastian Jacques (Australia), Chief Executive Officer of Anglo-American Mark Cutifani (UK), Head of Toronto Stock Exchange. Robert Barnes, Global Head of London Stock Exchange, Kairat Kelimbetov, Manager of International Financial Center «Astana», Scott Foster, Director of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Switzerland), Michael Hitch, Professor of University of New South Wales (Australia), Hua Guo - Chairman of World Mining Congress 2021 (Australia) confirmed their participation in the session.

Saturate WMC program includes thematic discussions at which leaders of world mining and metallurgical enterprises will discuss the most important issues of industry, present their own experience and familiarize the audience with experience of leading industrial world companies. In particular, Maxim Baranov, PwC Russia Director, together with the leaders of leading companies of mining and metallurgical complex, will disclose key aspects in the field of application of modern approaches to MMC. Discussion sections will touch upon the issues related to formation of demand for products, interaction of mining companies with technology companies, impact of innovations on the development of MMC and country's economy. The final part of the section "Investments in innovations" is presented in a question-answer form.

It is expected that opening World Mining Congress ceremony will be attended by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the President of the Republic of Poland, the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, the Governor-General of Australia.

For this moment, more than 200 reports have been received from 35 countries. In addition, 265 associations from 48 countries have been invited, more than 132 associations and international organizations from 37 countries have confirmed their participation in WMC.

Sponsors of World Mining Congress are: Diamond Partner - LLP "Eurasian Group", Gold Partners - LLP “Kazzinc Holdings”, KAZ Minerals Group, Polymetal International PLC, Silver Partner - LLP “Kazakhmys Corporation”, and Bronze Partners - LLP “Leica Geosystems Kazakhstan”, design and construction group of LLP “AAEngineering Group” and group of companies “KAI”.


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