Over the past 21 years, 2,883 people from 61 countries have attended ALTA conferences 5,353 times – a true testament to the quality of our event.  We acknowledge Dr Murdoch Mackenzie, who has attended all 28 events.
ALTA 2017 welcomed 109 new participants attending for the first time.

What do people say about ALTA?

"The ALTA Conferences have had an enormous impact on the dissemination of technical information to the worldwide metallurgical community. Alan and his staff root out papers covering recent developments in nickel, cobalt, copper, uranium and gold metallurgy. Attending an ALTA conference therefore allows for quickly coming “up to speed” with new ideas and innovations. Combining this with the chance to meet with colleagues from all over the world and to meet vendors of specialized equipment and services makes it imperative to come back again and again to Perth for the meetings. ALTA has performed an invaluable service to the industry by hosting these meetings."
Dr David Dreisinger, Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia (Canada)
"Bottom line – I think ALTA is pretty much the best technical conference I’ve found. Do keep it so…"
Mike Dry, Arithmetek Inc. (Canada)
"I have made ALTA a key "must attend Nickel, Copper and Uranium conference'' for the past 15+ years. Great for networking and essential for discussing and debating new technological developments."
Grenvil Dunn , Principal Process Engineer, Orway Mineral Consultants WA Pty Ltd (Australia)
"The ALTA conference has been a key tool in understanding our client's needs. The ALTA is not only a knowledge hub, but also a gathering place for Hydromet operators and suppliers, exchanging knowledge in the ongoing efforts. ALTA is excellently orchestrated by Alan Taylor – to improve the industry productivity and smooth operations. A must for any who are seriously interested in being part of this niche industry."
Aviv Scheinman, Director, GPP (Pexgol) (Israel)
"As a Trade Association it is important to interact with key players in our sector and ALTA provides one of the best mining related conferences in this respect. Well organised, packed with interesting papers, seminars, short-courses and even an exhibition, it is one of the best annual events of this type."
David Weight, General Manager, The Cobalt Development Institute (UK)
"I have attended every ALTA HYDROMET conference since the first one in Melbourne. Since then, first as an executive in a company supplying solvent extraction technology to the Mining Industry and then as an independent consultant, I have found the ALTA conferences excellent in terms of updating Nickel, Copper, Uranium and Gold hydrometallurgy technology and as a networking venue."
Murdoch Mackenzie, Consultant Metallurgist (Australia)
"Thank you for your kind words, as well as for a very well organised and run conference! It is one of the best I have had the opportunity to attend, both as regards content and networking. The catering was outstanding. The reception desk staff, in particular Jennifer, were wonderful too. The visit to Perth was indeed pleasant, with such great winter weather. Thanks again, and I hope the forthcoming conferences will be as great a success."
Dr DR Groot, Senior Lecturer, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
"Once again, a wonderful conference and opportunity to catch up with many friends from the past. You and your family have been incredible over the last 19 years with putting together a conference that brings hydromet and new technology together for the betterment of the industry. I remember the first conference in Brisbane in May 1993 after Giri start up. Alan and family, thank you so much for all of your tireless work in making the annual ALTA conferences a wonderful success."
Tim Robinson, Senior Vice President, Republic Alternative Technologies Pty Ltd (USA)
"Just a word to say I found the conference superb. There seemed to be a greater willingness to share information for the collective gain of the industry. Content was really very appropriate and of a high standard. There are really smart and innovative people out there. Thank you very much."
Craig Van Buuren, Manager - Process, BIOMIN South Africa (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
"Firstly, my sincere thanks to you and the family for all the hospitality shown to me during the week of the conferences. I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as meeting old friends and making new ones."
Robert Dunne, Fellow Metallurgy, Newmont Mining Corporation (USA)
"I attended this wonderful international ALTA Ni/Co/Cu conference each year since 1996. This is a very large gathering of the world class researchers, end users and suppliers. As a researcher, I have benefited from meeting with other researchers to know the state of the art of the technology and discussing with end users to gain what they want. It is the event you cannot afford to miss…"
Dr Chu Yong Cheng, Research Project Leader - Solvent Extraction, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship (Australia)
"After having returned without problems back to Sofia, we just wanted to send you this email to express our thanks for all of your hard work and preparations for the highly successful ALTA 2015 event last week. You prepared everything in a perfect fashion and were able to create a very pleasant atmosphere. We enjoyed the ALTA 2015 sessions, meetings, heap leaching short course and discussions with you and other colleagues as well. We would also like to express our appreciation for the care and attention that you paid to us as ALTA participants. Thank you for all! You did a great job!"
Todor Angelov, Head Technology Department and Alexpander Tsekov, CEO, Iontech 2000 JSC (Bulgaria)
"I have to say that the 2014 ALTA conference was the best technical conference that I have ever attended! Every aspect of the conference was so well planned and executed that it was truly a pleasure in all regards. I found the in depth scope of the technical presentations and the subsequent topic discussions to be very beneficial. ALTA should be used as a model to plan future mining industry conferences."
Jody Kelso, President, JRKelso&Associates (USA)
"It was a pleasure to help out again at this year’s ALTA Ni-Co-Cu event. Our team at Teck (CESL) that attended certainly enjoyed the technical sessions and industry networking opportunities that the conference always provides. There are not many hydromet focused events that are as well attended and supported such as ALTA and we are pleased to participate whenever we can. You and your team (family) deserve plenty of credit for being able to organize and host this event each year. We are hopeful that we will be there next year with an solid contribution to your Ni-Co-Cu technical sessions."
Rob Mean, Manager Business Development, CESL Teck Resources Limited (Canada)
"ALTA 2012 was, once again, a very well organised and worthwhile event, thanks to the efforts of the organisers. The presentations were excellent for content and depth, and stimulated a high standard of debate. Alan always arranges to focus on one or two topical subjects, and this keeps the event interesting and fresh. ALTA never fails to provide a great opportunity to learn about hydromet developments, project developments and to meet up with old and new friends. Definitely a conference to be recommended!"
Mark Weatherseed, Business Development Manager, SE Asia / Technology Sales Manager - Hydrometallurgy, Outotec South East Asia Pacific (Australia)
"Congratulations to a very good event giving us the chance to explore new business possibilities! It was a good opportunity for us to present our WSA technology to a broad range of potential clients which you have gathered at the conference. I am looking forward to attend future ALTA events and meet with you nice people again."
Erik Sebastian Eriksson, Sales Manager, Environmental Technology, Haldor Topsøe A/S (Denmark)
"Thank you and the ALTA 2012 organizing committee for the wonderful job of hosting the great conference. I was especially impressed by the short course “Solvent Extraction & Its Application to Copper, Uranium & Nickel-Cobalt” that you taught. Your teaching style and the clearness of your lecture reminds me of my Ph. D adviser, Professor Fischer, who used to teach at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was always rated the best lecturer at all times by the students."
George (Yunfei) Qiao, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, MOGAS Industries, Inc (USA)
"We indeed enjoyed the ALTA 2012 conference in Perth. The high concentration of experts deeply involved in the most challenging technical subjects gave us a good opportunity not only to present our ideas and processes to a receptive, interested and (helpfully) critical audience, but also to have a series of bilateral meetings in very short time, which had been difficult to organize, if you hadn't brought all those people together at your conference. We'll be back in 2013. I look forward to seeing you and your team again."
Herbert Weissenbaeck, Managing Director, SMS Siemag Process Technologies GMBH (Germany)
"It was good to attend ALTA again. I think my paper dusted off the advantages of IX resins for gold and I had a few good discussion with a number of people afterwards. In addition to all the other good discussions with old friends and others, some of whom I only see once a year at ALTA! Your enthusiasm in organising this conference is a wonderful example to all of us and I thank you for it."
Johanna Van Deventer, Technical Sales Manager, South Africa, Purolite International (South Africa)
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