16 - 18 November 2020

Covering the World!

The technology conference of aluminium industry, for the aluminium industry

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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 As a result, the physical conference was withdrawn this year.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.


It is not possible to organize such event without the support of our sponsors.

It wouldn’t be possible to organize such event without the strong support of our sponsors. Please pay tribute to their continuous support to ICSOBA by:

  • visiting their website
  • watching their Corporate video

From 9th November till 6th December, the Virtual ICSOBA 2020 platform will be open 24/24 to allow you to watch our sponsors video.

Registration is now open

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

Conference Program

ICSOBA 2020 Final Speaker Program

Conference will run over 3 days: from 16th to 18th November 2020

  • Two streams (bauxite & alumina, carbon & smelting) will run in parallel presentations
  • 2 keynotes and 9 technical presentations for carbon & smelting and 12 technical presentations for bauxite & alumina will be broadcasted twice each day to ensure large time zone coverage
  • Keynotes will be broadcasted simultaneously to the two streams
  • Platform access will be open 24/24 to allow delegates to visit exhibitors booths and watch sponsor communication

Keynote speakers

Abdulla Habib

Abdulla Habib

Chief Operating Officer, Aluminium Bahrain
Short Bio
KN01 - Alba’s Journey to 1.5 Million Tonnes Site Capacity - Challenges and Opportunities.
Gobinda Gopal Pal

Gobinda Gopal Pal

Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, India
Short Bio
KN02 - Growth of Indian Aluminium Industry and Vedanta.
Paul Adkins

Paul Adkins

Managing Director, AZ China Limited, Hong Kong
Short Bio
KN03 - China’s Aluminium Industry – Why It Is in Seriously Bad Health.
Christopher Baylis

Christopher Baylis

Deputy Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute, United Kingdom
Short Bio
KN04 - Long Term Sustainability of the Aluminium Sector (2020-2050).
Uday Patel

Uday Patel

Senior Research Manager, Wood Mackenzie, United Kingdom
Short Bio
KN05 - Aluminium Market Outlook Across the Value Chain.
Carl Firman

Carl Firman

Principal Analyst, Wood Mackenzie, United Kingdom
Short Bio
KN05 - Aluminium Market Outlook Across the Value Chain.
Jerome Lucaes

Jerome Lucaes

Director Marketing and Sustainability, RUSAL, Zug, Switzerland
Short Bio
KN06 - Evolution of Low-Carbon Aluminium in the Market for More Sustainable Economic Development
Abdulla Habib

Abdulla Habib

Gobinda Gopal Pal

Gobinda Gopal Pal

Paul Adkins

Paul Adkins

Christopher Baylis

Christopher Baylis

Uday Patel

Uday Patel

Carl Firman

Carl Firman

Jerome Lucaes

Jerome Lucaes

Technical session papers

Currently there are 76 papers in bauxite, alumina, bauxite residue, carbon and aluminium smelting subjects submitted for the conference.

Due to the time restrictions, not all papers are selected for oral presentations over three days. However, all presentations are available to the participants as files. Also, all corresponding papers are open to the participants as electronic versions in TRAVAUX Vol. 49. Paper version of the proceedings can be provided on request.

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General Information

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.

Please confirm your participation at the earliest.

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

Now the confirmed exhibitors of ICSOBA include:

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 Ultimate PPT presentation submission deadline
  • 31 October 2020 Ultimate deadline for presentation video
  • 9 November 2020 Opening of virtual platform for document's download
  • 16 November 2020 Opening of the Conference


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

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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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