EIG 2016 – Call for Papers
Extractive Industry Geology Conference seeks abstracts and proposed themes for next year’s event
THE 2016 EIG Conference, which will take place at the University of Birmingham from 7–8 September (with field trips on 6 and 9 September), will incorporate a diverse range of technical themes for geo-professionals associated with the extraction of industrial rocks and minerals, including those involved in geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, restoration and after-use, reserves and resources, and quarry design and planning.
As usual, the final themes will partly depend on the range of topics covered by the abstracts submitted by potential speakers, and on the decisions made by the conference papers sub-committee. However, there are some particular topics the committee would like to see submitted as abstracts.
Given that 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan tip disaster, one of these themes will be on recent developments and case studies in the safe design of mine and quarry tips (to include both solid and liquid ‘tips’ and the eventual reclamation of these to beneficial after-use, where appropriate.
Another specific theme is that of groundwater and surface water control within mines and hard rock quarries (to include papers on water-related aspects of quarry design, mitigation design, successful management, regulation, monitoring, reclamation and after-use).
Papers on other aspects of geotechnics and hydrogeology will also be very welcome, particularly case studies which demonstrate either good practice or lessons learned from problems which could have been avoided.
A third theme suggested by the committee is that of health issues within the extractive industry, such as those relating to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), dust or groundwater pollution.
Other topics on which papers are always invited include industry regulation, geodiversity action plans, mineral exploration, resource assessment and long-term planning for future mineral extraction. As always, papers which focus on helpful case studies, both in the UK and overseas, are particularly welcomed.
Other suggested themes could include: research & development in the extractive sector; the economic importance of the extractive sector; the resurgence of UK mining; digability/ equipment selection; and Black Country/local geology.
Queries or abstracts should be submitted to: [email protected]