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34th CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
ICSOBA - JER 2016
3 - 6 October 2016
ICSOBA is a well-recognized international non-profit association of members with the main objective to promote the exchange of ideas and results of work from different fields of research and practice related to bauxite exploration & mining, and alumina and aluminium production. Since 1963 ICSOBA has organized 33 International events in different places of the world. The selection of Quebec, Canada for the 34th International Conference and Exhibition, follows ICSOBA’s practice of rotating the venue of International Meetings to countries that play an important role in the global aluminium industry.
The 34th International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA was held in the period October 3 - 6 in the capital of the Quebec province in Canada and took place in the Palace Royal hotel. The Conference obtained support from Rio Tinto and REGAL (Regroupement Aluminium) and attracted more than 350 delegates from 29 countries. REGAL is an organization which regroups professors and students from Quebec universities doing research on aluminium related projects and their annual meeting (JER) was a part of the conference. As many as 130 REGAL delegates participated in the event.
The ICSOBA 2016 conference featured many international industry and academia speakers who covered topics including bauxite and bauxite resources, alumina production and residue solutions, primary aluminium production, carbon and carbon materials and aluminium products and alloys.
The conference included 92 technical and scientific presentations and 75 posters, discussions on alumina and aluminium production in Canada, as well as on new global developments. Under direction of Michel Reverdy and Vinko Potocnik the 2016 papers were published in the TRAVAUX vol. No. 45, which this year contains 809 pages.
ICSOBA could not continue its mission without sponsors supporting the non-for-profit organization. Among the 2016 sponsors we have: Rio Tinto - the host sponsor, as well as the Économie, Science et Innovation - Quebec government, Aluminium Association of Canada and FLSmidth. The remaining sponsors are BOKELA, Cytec Solvay Group, Maestria Solutions, Nalco - an Ecolab Company, Outotec, PANalytical, SEFAR and of course REGAL as partner. Seven exhibitors (Aqseptence Group S.r.l., CCEWOOL Thermomax Inc., Cytec Solvay Group, CIR Laboratory Inc., MECFOR Inc., PANalytical, REEL Alesa Ltd.) displayed information on their products in the booths.
During the gala dinner four papers from the conference were announced for the best paper award. The awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding papers across the entire program. Three subjects were considered: bauxite & alumina, carbon and electrolysis. The subject organizers of each stream: Steve Healy (bauxite and alumina), Mathieu Arlettaz (carbon) and Vinko Potocnik (electrolysis) made their selections. Given the breadth, diversity and quality of the nominations, the job of picking winners was quite difficult. Two aluminium electrolysis papers were awarded due to the larger number of papers in this subject. The awards are:
- The “Best Bauxite & Alumina Paper Award”: Tobias Hertel, Remus Ion Iacobescu, Bart Blanpain and Yiannis Pontikes - “Large Scale Valorization of Bauxite Residue for Inorganic Polymers”.
- The “Best Carbon Paper Award”: Camilla Sommerseth, Rebecca Jayne Thorne, Arne Petter Ratvik, Espen Sandnes, Hogne Linga, Lorentz Petter Lossius and Ann Mari - “The Effect of Varying Mixing and Baking Temperatures on the Quality of Pilot Scale Anodes – A Factorial Design Analysis”.
- The “Best Aluminium Paper Award”: Pierre Reny, Martin Segatz, Friedrich-Markus Leder, Ole Johnny Midtun, Jørund Gimmestad Hop and Håvard Gikling - “Low Energy Start-up for Low Energy Cells”.
- The “Best Aluminium Paper Award”: Alton Tabereaux - “Low Voltage Anode Effects and Unreported PFC Emissions”.
Also during the gala dinner, two "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" displaying portraits of industry pioneers Paul Héroult, Charles Martin Hall, Pierre Berthier and Karl Josef Bayer were presented. The first medal was awarded to Dr Claude Vanvoren in recognition of his work as the 2016 ICSOBA president, which includes welcoming ICSOBA in Quebec, facilitating the organization of the highly successful conference, and seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth. The second medal awarded to Dr Houshang Alamdari of Laval University is for helping ICSOBA grow in the academic community and for bringing the REGAL organization to the ICSOBA event.
The "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" constitutes a special award and may be awarded to those members of ICSOBA who achieved significant scientific or practical results within the field of action, or who notably strengthened its organization or promoted its international scientific and industrial cooperation.
Since 2013 two medals are given each year to the visited plants as token of appreciation for hosting ICSOBA delegates. This year the Vaudreuil alumina plant and the Alma smelter were awarded medals during the plant visits. Altogether 72 delegates took part in both visits preceded by a stop at the Shipshaw aluminium bridge.
An election to the Board of Directors took place during the Members Meeting. Four new Board members who were elected are: Matthieu Arlettaz, Houshang Alamdari, Bhavani Pani and Claude Vanvoren. They complement Frank Feret, Andrey Panov and Michel Reverdy elected two years ago. Claude Vanvoren remains President for the next year.
For additional information on this year and past events please consult www.ICSOBA.org.
The 35th ICSOBA International Meeting & Exposition will be held October 2-5, 2017, in Hamburg, Germany in collaboration with Trimet and DadCo. The theme of the meeting will be "Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Industry in Germany and New Global Developments," and your paper could be part of the excitement! It's already time to start working on your submissions for the next year conference!