About

The World Mining Congress (WMC) is the leading international forum for the global mining and resource industries. The Congress:
  • promotes and supports scientific and technical cooperation in the sustainable development of natural mineral and energy resources, and
  • facilitates a world-wide exchange of information regarding best practices and emerging technologies in mining sciences, technologies, economics, mining health and safety, social performance and environmental protection
  • The event brings together extraction companies, suppliers, technology providers, researchers and consultants presenting a unique opportunity to meet, to discuss current challenges and to build new partnerships and relationships

WMC History

For over 60 years the World Mining Congress has served as the pre-eminent gathering of the global mining and resources industry.

  • 1958 Warsaw, Poland
  • 1961 Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1963 Salzburg, Austria
  • 1965 London, UK
  • 1967 Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 Madrid, Spain
  • 1972 Bucharest, Romania
  • 1974 Lima, Peru
  • 1976 Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1979 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1982 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1984 New Delhi, India
  • 1987 Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1990 Beijing, China
  • 1992 Madrid, Spain
  • 1994 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1997 Acapulco, Mexico
  • 2000 Las Vegas, USA
  • 2003 New Delhi, India
  • 2005 Teheran, Iran
  • 2008 Cracow, Poland
  • 2011 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013 Montreal, Canada
  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2018 Astana, Kazakhstan

In 2023, this prestigious international event will be held in Australia for the first time. Australia has developed a strong reputation as a leading industrialised country supplying a wide range of minerals, energy and mining services to the global market. The World Mining Congress presents a unique opportunity for international representatives of the world’s leading resource economies to meet, find new partners, discuss current challenges, and share the latest research, technology and best practice.

A Worldwide Gathering – Quick Facts from WMC 2018

1047 Organisations Represented
26 Nations Exhibiting
50 Countries Represented
2586 Delegates Attending
400 Presenters from 37 Countries
260 Exhibiting Organisations

Congress Host Organisation

Australia’s internationally renowned national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the proud host of the 26th World Mining Congress (WMC 2023).

With 5,500 talented people working at over 50 sites across Australia and internationally, CSIRO is one of the largest and most diverse research organisations in the world.

They are in the top 1% of global research institutions for 15 of 22 scientific discipline fields and in the top 0.1% for four fields including geosciences and environment & ecology. CSIRO is a world leader in resource research, working in partnership with industry, government, OEMs, METS and universities in Australia and overseas, and delivers breakthrough innovation across the mining value chain. CSIRO has a proud track record of industry innovation. Among CSIRO’s many inventions, our sensing and automation technologies have removed mine workers from hazardous areas and resulted in significant productivity increases.

Addressing the industry’s greatest challenges, CSIRO’s research aims to benefit Australia and the world by growing the resource base, improving safety and productivity, and driving social and environmental performance through innovative science and technology.

Congress Chair

Dr Hua Guo

Research Director Sustainable Mining Technologies, CSIRO

Dr Hua Guo is a mining engineer with more than 30 years experience in both mining operations and R&D, including three years with Pasminco’s underground mining operations at Broken Hill, six years with BHP Iron Ore’s surface mining operations in the Pilbara, and 23 years at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency.

At CSIRO, Hua has held a number of senior leadership roles and is currently the Research Director for Sustainable Mining Technologies involving 70+ specialists. He is responsible for strategic planning and delivering R&D in mining geosciences and engineering, production technologies, environmental sustainability and emissions abatement. Under his leadership, world leading technologies have been successfully developed and adopted in Australia and overseas, with substantial benefits delivered. CSIRO is recognised internationally as a leading force in mining technology and innovation.

Hua is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland, Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Internationally he serves on the Global Methane Initiative, the International Organising Committee of the World Mining Congress (WMC), and is Chair for the 26th World Mining Congress in 2023, Brisbane, Australia.

WMC 2023 Australian National Organising Committee

Hua Guo

Hua Guo

Congress Chair

Emma Bowyer

Emma Bowyer

Managing Director, ICMSA Australasia

Tania Constable

Tania Constable

Chief Executive Officer
Minerals Council of Australia

Michael Hood

Michael Hood

Chair, Program Committee

John McGagh

John McGagh

Chair, Marketing & Promotion Committee

Charlie Sartain

Charlie Sartain

Chair, Sponsorship & Exhibition Committee

Sandra Passaro

Tourism & Events Queensland

Merrin McAuley

Mineral Resources | CSIRO

WMC 2023 International Advisory Committee

Co-Chairs

Marek Cala

Chairman, WMC IOC
Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering & Resource Management

AGH University of Science and Technology

Poland

Xiaowei Huang

Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
Chief Scientist of GRINM Group

China

Michael Karmis

Stonie Barker Professor, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering

Virginia Tech

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Committee Members

Selahaddin Anaç

Board Member of TNC

Senior WMC IOC Member

Turkey

Alex Atkins

Board Member

International Women in Mining (IWiM)

Australia

Naj Aziz

Honorary Professorial Fellow

School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong

Australia

B.Veera Reddy

Director Technical

Eastern Coal Fields Ltd.(ECL),CIL.

India

Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baenas

Profesor Titular

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Colombia

Bat-Ochir Bayantur

CEO

Mongolian Mining Designers Association

Mongolia

Kremena Dedelyanova

Chairperson

Scientific and Technical Union of Mining, Geology and Metallurgy

Bulgaria

Magnus Ericsson

Consulting Professor of Mineral Economics

Luleå University of Technology

Sweden

Adriano Espeschit

Executive Director

J Mendo Consultant

Brazil

Xiating Feng

President

Northeastern University

China

Shirong Ge

President

China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing)

China

Miodrag Gomilanovic

Academy of Engineering Sciences of Montenegro

Montenegro

Ferri Hassani

Webster Chair Professor

Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University

Canada

Robert Holnsteiner

Head, Department of Mineral Policy

Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

Austria

Shanting Hu

Chairman

China Coal Technology & Engineering Group (CCTEG)

China

Ken-ichi Itakura

Specially Appointed Professor

Endowed Research Laboratory of Un-mined Mineral Resources and Energy Engineering, Muroran Institute of Technology

Japan

Orlando Jimenez

Executive Director

CSIRO Chile

Chile

Sasho Jovchevski

Mining Engineer

DEKRA Arbeit Group

Macedonia

Bilgin Kaynar

Deputy Chairman of TNC

WMC IOC Member

Turkey

K.Umamaheshwar Rao

Director

National Institute of Technology Karnataka

India

Vivek Lath

Partner

McKinsey & Company

Singapore

Ta M. Li

Senior Advisor

Tetra Tech Inc.

United States of America

Yuan Liang

President

Anhui University of Science & Technology

China

Max Lu

President and Vice-Chancellor

Surrey University

United Kingdom

Ian Macfarlane

Chief Executive

Qld Resources Council

Australia

Luis Martins

President of the Board of Directors

Cluster Portugal Mineral Resources

Portugal

Nobuyuki Masuda

Deputy Director

International Center for Research and Education on Mineral and Energy Resources

Japan

Syd Peng

Professor Emeritus

Department of Mining Engineering, West Virginia University

United States of America

Mikael Rinne

Associate Professor in Rock Mechanics

Aalto University

Finland

STJ Budi Santoso

Chairman

Indonesian Society Economic Geologists (MGEI)

Indonesia

Alexey Shlyapin

Deputy Director for Science

Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources, Russian Academy of Science

Russia

Poltak Sinaga

General Manager

Coal Processing & Handling Division, PT Kaltim Prima Coal

Indonesia

Jacek Skiba

Secretary General WMC IOC
Chief Specialist

Central Mining Institute

Poland

Chuanrong Su

Executive Director General

China National Coal Association

China

Fidelis Suorineni

Professor

School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University

Kazakhstan

Leopold Weber

Professor

Vice-Chairman, WMC IOC

Austria

Johan Wesseloo

Director

Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG), University of Western Australia

Australia

Renshu Yang

President

University of Science and Technology Beijing

China

Valerii Zakharov

Director

Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources, Russian Academy of Science

Russia

Jian Zhao

Professor

Monash University

Australia

Fubao Zhou

Vice President

China University of Mining & Technology (Xuzhou)

China

Further members will be added once confirmed.

Key Dates

Abstract submission closes 1 March 2022
Author notification and request for full paper 26 May 2022
Preliminary program launch 1 July 2022
Paper submission closes 26 August 2022
Final program launch 1 October 2022
Early bird registration opens 26 May 2022
Speaker registration closes 1 September 2022
Author notification paper approval 1 March 2023
Early bird registration closes 26 March 2023
World Mining Congress 26-29 June 2023

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