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Metallurgical Society – Note from the Chair

Bianca Newcombe, Chair

Now that the heat of summer is finally over (at least in Orange), the kids are back at school and we have all gone back to our normal work routines we can take a look at what’s happening in MetSoc this year, and reflect on last years achievements.

2019 was a busy year for the committee, as we try to get our new MetSoc initiatives up and running, while managing work and all that life throws our way.

We had two hugely successful MetFest events, firstly in Orange (which sold out despite the cold weather!) and then in Kalgoorlie.  My personal thanks to both the team at Newcrest Cadia Valley Operations and the Kalgoorlie Branch for making these events possible.

The Delprat distinguished lecture series toured the country, with J.P. Franzidis giving insight into our social licence to operate.    We greatly appreciate the time and effort JP put into making the 2019 series a success, and we look forward to this year when Joe Pease will hold the Deplrat batten and make his way around Australia.  I very much look forward to hearing Joe’s talk entitled Disruption Deconstructed – Innovation, Optimisation and Communication in Minerals.

MetSoc is committed to providing relevant webinars and this year will launch a short webinar series entitled ‘Lunchbox Metallurgy’.  This is intended to be a monthly short talk, aired at lunchtime (NSW time) providing relevant content to our members free of charge.  The first talk will be given in March/April, updates will be provided via the MetSoc news page.  If you are interested in presenting a webinar please get in touch.

2020 will have 2 MetFest events, firstly in Perth on May 20th, and then in Brisbane in association with the Mil Operators Conference.  These events are hugely popular so I would urge you to register early if you would like to attend, as seats are limited.  Would you like to present on a plant based project or production issue that you have been involved with?  Presentation abstracts are still being accepted for the Brisbane event, with priority given to site based people speaking on their personal experiences in the mineral processing environment.

The Mill Operators Conference is coming!  September 2020.  The committee will be busy assisting with that event, and I look forward to meeting with many of you there.  Updates for that event will be posted via the AusIMM events portal.

We have 2 newly elected members on our committee this year and I would like to formally welcome both Damian Connelly and Amanda Rice to the committee.  Aleksander Nikoloski, Andrew Hoyle and Chris Gianatti were also re-elected.

The committee structure for 2020 will remain similar to last year, with the positions as listed below for the incumbent committee.  Where MO is indicated, that member is also on the Mill Operators conference committee.  Dean David is the MetSoc representative on the JORC committee, to ensure our metallurgical interests are being taken care of in that space.

Bianca Newcombe (Chair) (MO)

Karen McCaffery (Deputy Chair)

Aidan Giblett (Past Chair) (MO)

Stuart Emery (Delprat Coordinator) (MO)

Dean David (JORC Observer) 

Peter Colvin 

Pieter Strobos 

Joe Seppelt 

Virginia Lawson

If you would like to get in contact with us, you can e-mail us at or find any of our committee members via LinkedIn.

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Metallurgical Society - MetFest - Note from the Chair

Dr Bianca Newcombe - MetSoc Chair