Technical Program

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The emphasis of the program is practical rather than academic, and the themes running through the conference are the various aspects of technology and project development.  The In Situ Recovery (ISR) sessions are organised in partnership with CSIRO and the Gold-PM sessions in partnership with Curtin Gold Technology Group.

Five international conferences in one week

Program Topics

  • Nickel-Cobalt-Copper (25-27 May) including Hydromet Processing of Ni-Co-Cu Sulphides Forum & Panel
  • Uranium-REE (28 May) including Application of Membranes Forum & Panel
  • Gold-PM (28 May) including Cyanide Alleviation & Alternative Lixiviants Forum & Panel
  • In Situ Recovery (ISR) (29 May) including Application of ISR to Copper Forum & Panel
  • Lithium & Battery Technology (29 May) including Trends in Battery Technology Forum & Panel

Conference Opening

Stedman Ellis
Chief Executive Officer, Future Battery Industries CRC (Australia)
A Research-Based Strategy for Establishing Australia as a Leading Player in the Emerging Global Battery Industry

Nickel-Cobalt-Copper Keynote

John Neale
Technical Specialist, Mintek (South Africa)
Bioleaching of Nickel and Cobalt - The Progress and The Potential

Uranium-REE Keynote

Darryl Butcher
Director, BDB Process (Australia)
Review of Membrane Technology as a Process Tool
View Abstract *NEW

Gold-PM Keynote

Karel Osten
Independent Consultant, METTKO Pty Ltd (Australia)
POX – Has it Reached its Full Potential, or is There Still Room for Improvement for Treating Refractory Gold Ores?

In Situ Recovery Keynote

Dr Baurzhan Ibrayev
Chief NFC and AE Officer, Member of Executive Board, Kazatomprom (Kazakhstan)
Technical Trends in the Application of ISR to Uranium Recovery in Kazakhstan

Lithium & Battery Technology Keynote

Prof Peter Talbot
Institute for Future Environments (IFE), Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
The Creation and Implications of Australia’s First Lithium-Ion Battery

25th Anniversary Dinner Address

Alan Taylor
Conference Chair, ALTA 2020
Metallurgical Consultant and Managing Director, ALTA Metallurgical Services (Australia)

Nickel-Cobalt-CopperUpdate on the Performance of the Ramu Nickel Operation in Papua New Guinea by Ramu Nickel/Peter Jolly, Consultant (PNG/Australia) View abstract
Uranium-REERare Earth Concentrate Processing and Purification. Comparison and Optimization Using OLI Simulation by Northern Minerals/OLI Systems (Australia/USA) View abstract
Gold-PMMeasuring Gold Lixiviant Concentrations: Let’s Make It Easy for The Operators by CSIRO Mineral Resources/Curtin University (Australia) View abstract
Lithium & Battery TechnologyFinland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals (BATCircle) by Aalto University (Finland) View abstract


For the first time, ALTA is proud to offer three new short courses presented by experienced senior experts in their field.  ALTA 2020 now includes six pre and post conference short courses, providing significant learning opportunities across a range of key topics.

  • A-Z of Copper Ore Leaching (23 May)
    presented by ALTA Course Outline
  • Design of Successful Bulk Flow Systems for Hydromet Operations (23 May) *New
    presented by Jenike & Johanson Course Outline
  • SX and its Application to Copper, Uranium & Nickel-Cobalt (24 May)
    presented by ALTA Course Outline
  • The ART of HPAL - The Way to Success (24 May) *New
    presented by Dr Naoyuki Tsuchida and Fumio Iwamoto (formerly Sumitomo) Course Outline
  • Uranium Ore Processing (30 May)
    presented by ALTA Course Outline
  • Lithium Processing (30 May) *New
    presented by METS Engineering Course Outline

The emphasis of the program is practical rather than academic, and the themes running through the conference are the various aspects of technology and project development. The event comprises five international conferences and six short courses.

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