After postponement in 2020 due to the pandemic, the WA Mining Conference is returning to Perth 21-22 July with the key themes of strategy, collaboration and technology in dealing with risks and opportunities.

WA MiningThe two-day program will examine topics such as the geopolitical and economic drivers of a post-COVID world, specifically as they relate to the mining sector in Western Australia. Automation, robotics and how organisations will be challenged by the absorption of innovation are also included on the itinerary.

“On day one, the highlight of the plenary stream will be a panel discussion centred around how innovation will look post-COVID and what the impact will be on exploration, new projects, mining operational demands and export markets for resources and technology as Western Australia emerges from this crisis,” organisers said.

On day two, the University of Western Australia Mining Innovation Network’s Dr. Talitha Santini will present exciting new advances in tailings remediation research and development, and explore emerging opportunities for tailings reuse.

Other key sessions across the two-day conference include a deep dive into WA’s renewable hydrogen strategy and the opportunities for the mining sector; a presentation on critical minerals and how Australia can leverage this opportunity; and a number of roundtable discussions about the future design of mining equipment and engaging the resource sector with the space sector.

The event panel includes Alan Bye, managing director of Imvelo and director of digital value chains at Curtin University; METS Ignited CEO Adrian Beer; Andrew Bailey, CEO from MinEX CRC; and Deloitte partner David Cormack.

WA Mining Conference advisor Ric Gros said the 2021 event will be a celebration of the state’s rich mining sector.

“Western Australia is a world-leading mining jurisdiction, rich in mining mineral diversity with over 40% of operating mines in Australia. Its research, innovation and mining operations are world-class and a destination hub for mining technology companies.”

The conference is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with doors opening at 9 a.m. on both days.

Source: WA Mining Conference 

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