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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 As a result, the physical conference was withdrawn this year.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?
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:
From 9th November till 6th December, the Virtual ICSOBA 2020 platform will be open 24/24 to allow you to watch our sponsors video.
For registration please visit at our dedicated Conference Management System (Conftool):
Conference will run over 3 days: from 16th to 18th November 2020
Dr. Abdulla Habib Ahmed is currently Chief Operations Officer, Aluminium of Bahrain (Alba). His work experience includes 25 years in various roles in Reduction Lines, R&D and Customers Technical Support. He has PhD in Chemical Engineering and Master in Aluminium Smelting and MBA from ESSEC/ French Arabian School and had his higher education from University of New South Wales, Australia.
Gobinda Gopal Pal is Chief Operating Officer (Metal), Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, India. With 32+ years of experience in Indian and global aluminium companies like NALCO, BALCO and BHP Billiton, GG Pal is championing Vedanta Aluminium’s vision for Jharsuguda operations to emerge as the world’s lowest-cost and most energy-efficient smelter. Under his leadership, the Jharsuguda smelter became the first in Asia and second in the world to receive ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) certification. G. G. Pal has B.E. Metallurgy degree (1987) from National Institute of Technology Durgapur. He is life member of Indian Institute of Metals and Member of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Odisha and he is a recipient of the prestigious ‘IIM NALCO Gold Medal’.
Paul Adkins is the Managing Director of AZ China Ltd. and has many years of experience in the aluminium industry. He previously worked for Alcoa, Alcan Australia, and Tomago Aluminium. At the end of 2004, Alcan appointed him to set up its Global Sourcing office in Beijing. Upon completion of that project, he elected to stay in Beijing, eventually establishing AZ China. Paul has an MBA from University of Newcastle in Australia and frequently speaks at industry-related conferences.
Chris Bayliss is the Deputy Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute. He has 18 years industry experience working on sustainability and climate related issues. Currently, Chris is taking forward the industry’s greenhouse gas pathways and health portfolios. In the last two decades, Chris has been involved in all aspects of the Institute’s activities, from data analysis to communication, and has led on the global aluminium material flow model, life cycle metrics and The Aluminium Story. Chris holds master’s degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and London.
Uday Patel has 30 years of experience in the metals and mining sector covering aluminium and other metals. He has joined Wood Mackenzie in 2014 as manager in the aluminium markets team. His industry experience includes Ma’aden Saudi Arabia, DUBAL. During his career he has worked on a range of projects across the entire aluminium value chain, including detailed market studies, cost analyses and strategic advisory work for clients including rolled producers, aluminium processing companies and financial organisations. Uday is a graduate of the London Business School’s executive management programme, Sussex University and the University of Exeter.
Carl Firman is a global expert in the bauxite and alumina space, covering markets, costs and corporate strategy. He is responsible for Wood Mackenzie’s Bauxite & Alumina Cost Services and Bauxite Market analysis. Carl has authored and developed extensive bauxite databases and proprietary forecasting tools and models, and is a regular speaker in the upstream aluminium event calendar. He started his career in Metals & Mining 20 years ago, as a multi-metal analyst in Mining Journal Research Services. He has since worked, authored and led teams in a number of Metals & Mining research and consultancy firms culminating in his appointment to Wood Mackenzie in 2012. Carl has a degree on geology from London University.
Jerome Lucaes is currently Marketing Director, Sustainability, at RUSAL. His main responsibilities involve working with customers and stakeholders to accelerate the industry’s transition to zero carbon. Jerome has 22 years of international business experience in sales, marketing, business development, innovation and general management. He spent his last 15 years in the aluminium industry (both downstream and upstream sectors, previously with Rio Tinto Alcan). Jerome was also a co-founder and forefront leader of the early development of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. Jerome holds an engineering master’s degree from the French Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and a MBA from Paris.
Currently there are 74 papers in bauxite, alumina, bauxite residue, carbon and aluminium smelting subjects submitted for the conference.
Due to the time restrictions, not all papers will be selected for oral presentations over three days. However, all presentations will be available to the participants as files. Also, all corresponding papers will be open to the participants as files and as a paper printed version in TRAVAUX Vol. 49
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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:
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!
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:
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.
Pre-recorded presentation shall be prepared according to ICSOBA subject organisers instructions. A detailed step by step recording guideline is available for the speakers.