IMPC 2016 11th September – 15th September

Camilla Owens at IMPC with her poster. Photo Copyright Camilla Owens
Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. Photo Copyright Camilla Owens

Between the 11th and 15th of September I attended the International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) in Quebec City, Canada representing SoS Rare. A bi-annual congress the IMPC is a meeting of over 1000 mineral processers who are based in both industry and academia, topics range from anything from flotation to grinding. This year there were was a session on rare earth elements (REE) with talks relating to all aspects of processing REE deposits.

I presented a poster on my research "Recovery of REE's from a mixed apatite- synchysite ore" in the student poster session that was well received. The congress was also a good opportunity to meet up with collaborators Dr Martin Rudolph of the Helmholtz Institute of Resource Technology Freiberg and Professor Corby Anderson of Colorado School of Mines. It was a superb opportunity to see some of the outstanding research conducted on both REE's and flotation around the world.

Although most of the congress was based in the conference centre we were encouraged to wander around the old city during breaks and Quebec Old city was suitably stunning. Special thanks to SoS Rare, NERC, IOM3 and Mkango Resources for supporting my visit to Quebec City.

Milly Owens, 24 September 2016


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