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The call for papers is now closed. Thank you to all authors who submitted abstracts for the conference. Authors of accepted abstracts are currently undergoing the paper submission and review process.

Please see the Key Dates below for a time line of the abstract review and paper submission process.

Conference Topics

  • Exploration including ore genesis, geology, geophysics and geochemistry.
  • Geostatistics and ore reserve estimation covering geostatistical methods and reporting requirements.
  • Ore characterisation including classification, mineralogy, petrology and geometallurgy at regional, mine and orebody scale.
  • Mining including all aspects from pit design and optimisation to blasting, ore haulage, automation, grade reconciliation and surface miners.
  • Processing including crushing, screening, grinding, beneficiation, dewatering, filtration, materials handling, tailings disposal, granulation, sintering, pelletising and value adding.
  • Automation including process control, autonomous vehicles and remote operation.
  • Project optimisation and development including cost reduction and debottlenecking
  • Health, safety, environment and community including regulatory, environmental, heritage, community, reducing emissions and carbon footprint, water conservation, mine rehabilitation, mine closure and safety issues.
  • Technical marketing including market outlook and the impact of product quality on iron and steel making.
  • Logistics and utilities including road, rail, shipping, port, water, gas and electricity supply.
  • New equipment including development, performance and industry needs.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE

  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Geochemists
  • Geostatisticians
  • Mining engineers
  • Mineralogists
  • Metallurgists
  • Managers
  • Operators
  • Consultants
  • Research providers
  • Engineering companies
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  • Drilling, analytical and metallurgical service providers
  • Iron and steel makers

Online Abstract Submission

Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to prepare a full paper, which will then be subject to a peer review process. The selection criteria include relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented at conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present their papers.

Download the AusIMM Guide to Authors.

Key Dates

Call for abstracts Closed
Notification to authors of abstract acceptance 7 November 2016
First draft papers due 30 January 2017
Notification of paper acceptance 6 March 2017
Final papers and copyrights due 17 April 2017
Iron Ore 2017 24-26 July 2017

Recognition of high-quality technical papers

After this event, selected high-quality papers may be submitted for publication in one of the prestigious AusIMM/IOM3 Transactions journals: Mining Technology, Applied Earth Science, or Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy. These papers will also qualify for consideration for The AusIMM Best Paper Prize, which is awarded annually at The AusIMM Awards Dinner.

Review Process

All submitted abstracts must go through all stages of the review process in order to be approved for publication in the proceedings and presentation at the conference.

Stage 1: Abstract selection

All abstracts will be reviewed by the organising committee, and authors of approved abstracts will be invited to submit full-length (8000 words or less) paper. Approval of an abstract at this stage does not guarantee that the full paper will automatically be accepted and included in the proceedings and the program. Papers must pass through two more reviewing stages for final approval.

By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of the AusIMM that if your final paper is selected into the technical program at least one author of the paper will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with the full intention of presenting the paper at the conference. Papers of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program.

Stage 2: Paper Selection

Papers that fully comply with the format requirements will be peer-reviewed, and authors of approved papers will be requested to submit a final paper. At this stage, papers will be recommended for a presentation and publication in the proceedings. Papers that have severe language flaws or those that are not written in accordance with the established format and style requirements of the Guide to Authors will not be accepted for review and will be returned to authors for further editing.

Stage 3: Final paper approval

Papers will be reviewed by the organising committee to ensure that all modifications have been made as per the technical reviewers' comments at stage 2. At this stage, final papers will be confirmed for a presentation and publication. Final papers approved for publication will be published in the conference proceedings.

Author Registration

Published proceedings will only contain papers from authors/presenters attending the conference. To confirm publication of a paper, as well as inclusion in the technical program of the conference, authors must ensure that at least one author per paper is registered and has paid the discounted author rate. Papers of authors who are not registered by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and the program.

Author registration will be due 17 April 2017.

WIMNet Conference Grants

The WIMnet Conference Grant scheme was created to support women who wish to present technical abstracts as well as attend conferences for professional development and networking purposes. It is the goal of the scheme is to increase the representation of female presenters and professionals at AusIMM conferences. A WIMnet Conference Grant is available for each AusIMM conference grant and it covers the cost of conference registration (excluding travel and accommodation).

How to Apply

Women interested in applying for the complimentary conference pass should prepare their application in the following way:

  • Prepare a written statement (300 words max) explaining how your participation in the conference will benefit you, your career and your professional development.
  • Indicate if you have or plan to purse any other role or opportunity at the conference such as chairing a technical session, being a panel member, delivering or participating in a workshop or field trip.
  • If you are a presenter please include a copy in your accepted abstract.
  • You may include a copy of your CV.

Submit your application documents via email to the WIMnet secretariat, Donna Edwards.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Applicants need not be AusIMM members, although preference will be given to members
  • Applicants presenting technical papers will be given preference over those who wish to attend for other professional development and networking needs.
  • Applicants who demonstrate a financial or career development need beyond anything mentioned here will be given due consideration.

Conditions of the Award

WIMnet requires the submission of a short article (1-2 pages) relating your experience as an attendee and presenter following the conference. This can either be a technical article or something more personal about your experience and observations from the conference. WIMnet would like to use your article as an opportunity to further promote the conference grant scheme in the WIMnet newsletter. Please accompany your article with a photo of yourself.

WIMnet Support

WIMnet have a number of members experienced in conference presentations who are available to offer advice on presentation skills should an applicant be interested in their assistance.

Terms and conditions

Download the AusIMM Author Terms & Conditions.
By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of the AusIMM that if your final paper is selected for the technical program at least one author of the paper will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with full intention of presenting the paper at the conference.
Abstracts of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program.
By submitting an abstract to this AusIMM Conference you hereby agree to the following Terms & Conditions

  • Prior to submitting an abstract that contains information that relates to, or reports on, a particular company or organisation, the appropriate level of approval must have been granted.
  • Papers submitted are of original quality (not previously published).
  • Submissions of abstracts are loaded electronically via the conference Speakers’ Portal with minimal formatting.
  • Papers submitted are in accordance with the Guide to Authors and should not exceed 300 words (less a word equivalent for tables and figures).
  • The paper does not infringe on the copyright of any other third party and copyright for said paper will be assigned to The AusIMM.
  • The paper adheres to the guidelines as presented in The AusIMM Guide to Authors.
  • If your final paper is selected for the technical program, at least one author of the paper will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with the full intention of presenting the paper at the conference. Abstracts of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program.
  • Late withdrawals of final papers will incur penalties if withdrawn by the author at any time following the final submission date:
    • Authors will incur a A$400 desktop publishing fee
    • The paper will be removed from the published proceedings and technical program
    • In the instance that the author is not available to present the paper a suitable replacement may be found to present the paper and pay the registration fee.

For further information, please contact:

Mia Wotherspoon, Coordinator, Publishing
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6104
Email: mwotherspoon@ausimm.com.au