16 - 18 November 2020

Covering the World!

The technology conference of aluminium industry, for the aluminium industry

NEW! Discover the future environment of Virtual ICSOBA 2020!

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Invitation and General Information

Dear Colleagues

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium (ICSOBA) has great honour to invite you to the 38th International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA 2020.


The 2020 year has put a major challenge to the industry that has also affected ICSOBA’s plans to organize the 2020 conference in China. As a result, the physical conference was withdrawn this year.

However, promoting industry players collaboration through exchange of ideas and know-how is as important as ever to endeavour a swift recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. This is why ICSOBA 2020 is maintained and will be held as a virtual conference to ensure health, safety and comfort for all delegates, in line with our vision to be “the technology conference of aluminium industry, for aluminium industry”.


And who knows, this challenging situation could become the cradle for a new kind of technology conference?

Conference objectives

  • Review the status and perspectives of bauxite, alumina and aluminium industries in the world in the light of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Update market aspects of bauxite, alumina and aluminium and their products.
  • Provide an opportunity to interact with international experts, scientists, engineers, technology suppliers, equipment manufacturers and representatives of worldwide aluminium industries at the time of restricted physical encounter.
  • Facilitate university students’ interaction with industry representatives despite travel restrictions.
  • Discuss advances in the field of health, environment and safety.
  • Discuss promising research developments aimed at production, productivity and cost improvements.
  • Highlight proposed Greenfield and Brownfield activities in the aluminium industry.

Registration is now open

For registration please visit at our dedicated Conference Management System (Conftool):

Conference Dates and Format

The event will take place from 16 to 18 November, Online.

The conference will be held virtually while the speakers will prepare and submit their pre-recorded presentation before the event. The presentations will run within the time slot dedicated within the conference agenda and the author will be asked to be available online to answer the questions of the audience. The QA session will be held either in chat form or live audio conversation. Even if not at the level of a physical conference, networking opportunities will be maintained by supporting delegates interactions like chat, web meeting…

All other aspects of the conference will remain the same; i.e. abstract submission, full paper submission and peer-review process.


Conference Language

Presentations will be held in English. All papers and presentations in English will be published and downloadable from ICSOBA website. The papers will be indexed in platforms such as Google Scholar and ResearchGate. The paper proceedings book (TRAVAUX, vol. 49) will be available after the conference based on individual orders.


During the Conference, a virtual Exhibition for equipment and service suppliers will be organized. Each exhibitor will run a “virtual booth”, from which company information will be available. In each booth, selected activities and realisations will be presented, supported by documents, video, audio, chat. Dedicated web meetings with customers may be organised.

This will be a unique opportunity for Exhibitors to maintain their connection to their customers at a time of travel restriction, but also to experience a new playful way for customer relationship.

Access to virtual booth is available for a flat fee of $ 2000 USD.

Please confirm your participation at the earliest.

The exhibitors’ registration is available on the website: https://www.conftool.net/icsoba2020.

Key Dates

  • 20 January 2020 Call for Papers
  • 31 July 2020 Abstract submission deadline
    Registration Opens
  • 15 September 2020 Full Paper Submission Deadline
  • 1 October 2020 Conference program available
  • 15 October 2020 Presentation submission deadline
  • 16 November 2020 Opening of the Conference

Call for papers

The Organizing Committee is inviting the submission of papers and presentations. All papers shall be written in the ICSOBA 2020 Author Guidelines and Paper Template, available at the website below. The presentations shall be prepared in ICSOBA 2020 Presentations Template, available at the website below. The submission of papers and presentations is managed by ConfTool which is customized for ICSOBA 2020 conference. The access to ConfTool is www.conftool.net/icsoba2020. Paper selection and review will be made by ICSOBA Technical Committee under the leadership of Program Director and Subject Organisers.


Registration is now open

To register, please use the Conference Management System (Conftool): https://www.conftool.net/icsoba2020.

Once registered, and provided all your payments are cleared, your login detail to access the Virtual Conference Platform (username and password) will be send to you one week before the event. The platform will open on Monday 9 November, i.e. one week before the conference. During that time, you will be able to browse through the platform to familiarize with the environment and also to download conference proceedings (TRAVAUX № 49) and corresponding presentations pdfs. After the conference, the platform will still be open from 23 November to 6 December 2020 for you to download “On Demand” the recorded presentations including the Q&A sessions.

Looking forward meeting you virtually at ICSOBA 2020!

Message from the Board

Be prepared to take maximum benefit from participating in the virtual event. Get acquainted with most important features of the conference and familiarize yourself with the virtual environment:

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Technical sessions

Currently there are over 80 papers in bauxite, alumina, bauxite residue, carbon and aluminium smelting subjects. The program will be made available shortly.

ICSOBA 2020 President

Guanghui Lang

Dr. Claude Vanvoren

2020 ICSOBA President,
President, C2V Consulting
Containment strategies, travel restriction and overall economic situation of aluminium industry combine to challenge conference organisation in present time. However, promoting industry players collaboration through exchange of ideas and know-how is as important as ever to endeavour a swift recovery from COVID-19 pandemia. This is why ICSOBA 2020 is maintained and will be held as a virtual conference.
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