Invitation and General Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium (ICSOBA) has the great honour to announce the 40th International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA, that will take place from 10 to 14 October 2022.


This will be the second time ICSOBA will take place in Athens and the third time in Greece.


The conference is planned to allow hybrid audience, with the in-person part to be held in Athens, Greece and the online part as real-time broadcasting for the delegates that cannot attend in-person. However, all ICSOBA presenters will travel to Athens to deliver their presentation physically.


We are monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Greece and globally as well as the geopolitical context and may adjust the event format accordingly.



We look forward to see you all at ICSOBA-2022!

Most of the essential details about the event can be found in the 2nd Circular:


ICSOBA, in its vision and commitment to cooperate with other conferences and better serve the aluminium industry, is also happy to join forces with the:


  • 4th International Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference (BR2022). BR2022 will be only virtual, as information will be shared on the upscaling installations, ideally real-time also.
  • Final RemovAL Cross-Fertilisation Workshop. It will take place as an in-person and freely accessible event, which will present the innovative bauxite residue processing routes from RemovAL and other relevant EU project aspiring to foster synergies and turn bauxite residue into a resource.
  • Bauxite & Alumina Committee meeting and Workshop on decarbonisation in refining will be organised by International Aluminium Institute (IAI) side by side with ICSOBA 2022.

Conference topics

ICSOBA 2022 will explore the following key issues:


  • Global bauxite deposits
  • Bauxite mining
  • Alumina refining
  • Bauxite Residue valorisation
  • Carbon electrodes in aluminium electrolysis
  • Primary aluminium
  • New technologies
  • Greenfield and Brownfield activities
  • Success stories in projects implementation
  • Health, environment and safety
  • Market scenarios and economic outlook.

Primary focus is on sustainable development and reducing carbon footprint.


Do not miss the opportunity to interact with international experts, scientists, engineers, technology suppliers, equipment manufacturers and representatives of worldwide aluminium industry.

Conference Format

The hybrid format of the conference will enable your participation irrespectively if you travel to Athens or have to stay at home. The difference between on-site and online participation is:


  • On-site participants of the conference will be able to take full benefit of regular ICSOBA conference, including downloading the papers and presentations before the opening of the conference, participation in technical sessions, exhibition, field trips and social functions. Only on-site speakers will have the opportunity to present a paper. On-site participant will also be able to watch the recorded presentations “on demand” on the conference platform.
  • Online participants of the hybrid conference will be able to download the papers and presentations before the opening of the conference. They will be able to attend the presentations live in the scheduled sessions Athens time as well as viewing the recorded presentations “on demand” on the conference platform.

Publication of ICSOBA papers in Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy

In addition to publication in regular conference proceedings, all ICSOBA authors will be invited to submit their manuscripts to a topical collection in the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (JSM): dedicated to publishing the high-quality ICSOBA papers. With a 2020 impact factor of 2.35, JSM ensures high visibility for the research results presented at ICSOBA. Only the papers meeting the journal scope will be considered for peer review and publication. The publication in this journal will be free to authors unless they choose to publish Open Access:


Journal scopes are given further as a guideline for authors willing to prepare their manuscript accordingly.


Journal Aims and Scope:


Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to presenting metallurgical processes and related research aimed at improving the sustainability of metal-producing industries, with a particular emphasis on materials recovery, reuse, and recycling. Its editorial scope encompasses new techniques, as well as optimization of existing processes, including utilization, treatment, and management of metallurgically generated residues. Articles on non-technical barriers and drivers that can affect sustainability will also be considered.


The journal aspires to contribute to advancing the science but also to be a catalyst for tangible change toward more sustainable practices in the metallurgical industrial sector.


Special focus on Bauxite Residue valorisation in association with

The 4th International Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference will focus on the efforts that have already successfully reached high technological readiness. There is provision for maximum 12 presentations, with a particular format: 20 min dedicated on slides, 20 min on live or recorded presentation of the pilot plant scale installation and 20 min for questions. We believe that by doing so, we bring the community closer together and we accelerate the big-scale use and application of bauxite residue.

On-site participants of ICSOBA conference in Athens will have opportunity to watch to the BR2022 in main hall of the conference venue.

To access the conference materials and to participate online, you should register for BR2022 at their website

For more information, please visit

Final RemovAL Cross-Fertilisation Workshop

The final RemovAL Cross-Fertilisation Workshop, organized by European Aluminium, will take place on 10 October as a freely accessible hybrid event.


RemovAL is an EU H2020 project which aims to valorise bauxite residue, spent pot lining and other waste through new innovative processing routes. This final event will mainly focus on presenting how to turn bauxite residue and other aluminium industrial residues into valuable resources. In this context, non-technological enablers, cross-fertilisation opportunities between EU projects and industry, and other aspects (policy, societal) will be discussed for boosting the sustainability and circularity of alumina refineries.

For more information and registration, please visit


IAI BAC Meeting

Bauxite & Alumina Committee meeting and Workshop on decarbonisation in refining will be held by International Aluminium Institute (IAI) on 9 October before the ICSOBA 2022. 

To register, please contact

Lavinya Kugaswaran,
Environment (Bauxite & Alumina)
T +44 7491472383,

The International Aluminium Institute (IAI) is the only body representing the global primary aluminium industry. The IAI was established in 1972. Current IAI membership includes global bauxite, alumina and aluminium companies in all the major producing regions. Please visit the IAI site for more details


Venue of the Conference

Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens, Greece

The Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens is located right in the center of Athens, at the edge of Pedion tou Areos, one of the city's largest parks. See information abou the hotel at its website


ICSOBA has made booking reservation for a limited number of rooms in the hotel just for the conference participants. Therefore, if you want to stay in the conference hotel, you shall make your booking as soon as possible. Use these hotel booking instructions with the booking code: ICSOBA.


Foreign visitors, please see the protocol information for arrival to Greece here Please note that starting from 01.05.2022 all travellers arriving in Greece, regardless of their country of origin, are no longer required to display a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, or evidence of a negative test result from SARS-CoV-2 infection.


We are monitoring Covid-19 pandemic evolution in Greece and globally as well as geopolitical context and may adjust the event format accordingly.

Conference Language

Presentations will be held in English. All papers and presentations in English will be published and downloadable from ICSOBA website in pdf format. The papers will be indexed in platforms such as Google Scholar and ResearchGate. The printed proceedings book (TRAVAUX, Vol. 51) will be available after the conference as an option.


The latest technologies, equipment and other devices for the aluminium industry will be exhibited during the conference.

A dedicated floor has been reserved for 14 tables. As the number of exhibit tables is limited, we will accept reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. Further info will follow. The reservation process is managed by ConfTool,

Exhibitors will be able to upload the brochure and video on the Conference Application – Whova – which enables connection with on-site and online participants.

Technical Field Trips

MYTILINEOS - Aluminium of Greece Plant

Agios Nikolaos, Greece

The leading industrial producer of alumina and aluminium in South-Eastern Europe and the only vertically integrated bauxite, alumina and aluminium production plant in Europe:


  • Mining 570 000 tonnes of Greek bauxite, processing each year more than 1.3 million tonnes of Greek bauxite and 0.8 million tonnes of tropical bauxite
  • Producing 860 000 tonnes of Alumina (out of which 510 000 tonnes are exported).
  • Producing 195 000 tonnes of aluminium (out of which 114 000 tonnes are exported).
  • Advanced pilot plant for bauxite residue valorisation.

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ICSOBA 2022 Sponsors

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

Platinum/Host Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

ICSOBA 2022 Conference Programme

The final programme is now available here.

In an effort to minimize waste generation, no conference bag will be distributed at the time of registration.

Moreover ICSOBA 2022 program will not be printed. If you absolutely need a printed version, we suggest you download and print above version before traveling to Athens.

Please note last minute program modification will only be updated in the “live” agenda of the conference available on the Whova App. Whova App is the only “live” communication channel between delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and organisers for ICSOBA 2022.

The programme includes over 120 technical presentations and 10 high profile keynote speakers from leading global companies and institutions.

Sunday, 9 October will host the IAI BAC event.

Monday, 10 October will cover the final RemovAL Cross-Fertilisation Workshop.

The technical session of ICSOBA conference will take place for 3 days on October 11, 12 and 13:

  • Three streams (two streams Bauxite & Alumina, one stream Carbon and Aluminium) will run in parallel,
  • 3-4 keynotes, 22 technical presentations for Bauxite & Alumina and 19 technical presentations for Carbon and Aluminium will be conducted and broadcast each day,
  • Q&A session will follow each presentation,
  • BR-2022 will broadcast in the afternoon each day.

The Programme at a Glance page allows you to see the events happening in your time zone, vs the official “Athens time” of the programme.


ICSOBA 2022 Keynote Speakers:

Spyridon Kasdas

Spyridon Kasdas

Vice-Chairman Mytilineos,
Short Bio
Mytilineos Bauxite to Aluminium Production, an Example of Competitiveness Longevity
Pierre Meynard

Pierre Meynard

President, Institute for the History of Aluminium,
Paris, France
Short Bio
Aluminium Heritage.
Sergey Akhmetov

Sergey Akhmetov

EGA Executive Vice President Midstream,
Dubai, UAE
Short Bio
EGA Story from Humble Beginnings to a Mega Smelter.
Ron Knapp

Ron Knapp

Former International Aluminium Institute (IAI) secretary general, International adviser, office of the Chairman, China Hongqiao Group Limited,
Hongkong, China
Short Bio
China Hongqiao Group – A Leading Global Aluminum Producer. Moving from Heavy to Zero Carbon.
Bibhu Mishra

Bibhu Mishra

Head - Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, HINDALCO Industries Limited,
Mumbai, India
Short Bio
Next Decade for Indian Aluminium Industry.
Les Edwards

Les Edwards

Vice President Production Control and Technical Services, Rain Carbon Inc., Covington,
Short Bio
Quantifying the Carbon Footprint of the Alouette Primary Aluminum Smelter.
Dr. Anupam Agnihotri

Dr. Anupam Agnihotri

Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development & Design Centre (JNARDDC),
Nagpur, India
Short Bio
Framework to Drive Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Indian Aluminium Sector.
Chris Baker

Chris Baker

Director – Refining Technology, Alcoa,
Perth, Australia
Short Bio
Performance Improvement in Alumina Refineries.
Alan Clark

Alan Clark

Founder and a director of the CM Group,
Glenelg, South Australia
Short Bio
The outlook for the aluminium market in an uncertain world.
Uday Patel

Uday Patel

Senior Research Manager, Global Aluminium Markets, Wood Mackenzie,
London, United Kingdom
Short Bio
The outlook for the aluminium market in an uncertain world.
Lavinya Kugaswaran

Lavinya Kugaswaran

Environment (Bauxite & Alumina) Program Manager, International Aluminium Institute,
London, UK
Short Bio
Sustainable Development: Bauxite and Alumina.
Spyridon Kasdas

Spyridon Kasdas

Pierre Meynard

Pierre Meynard

Sergey Akhmetov

Sergey Akhmetov

Ron Knapp

Ron Knapp

Bibhu Mishra

Bibhu Mishra

Les Edwards

Les Edwards

Dr. Anupam Agnihotri

Dr. Anupam Agnihotri

Chris Baker

Chris Baker

Alan Clark

Alan Clark

Uday Patel

Uday Patel

Lavinya Kugaswaran

Lavinya Kugaswaran

Technical Committee

Paper selections and reviews will be made by ICSOBA Technical Committee under the leadership of Program Director and Subject Organisers


Subject Subject organizer Reviewers
Keynote Sustainability Michel Reverdy According to the subject
Bauxite & Alumina

Bauxite Residue
Andrey Panov

Thymis Balomeno
Bijoy Satpathy, Georgy Banvolgyi, Frank Feret, Ken Evans, Linus Perander, Monique Delaney, Roberto Seno, Sebastien Fortin, Seyit Avcu, Stephan Beaulieu, Sharif Jahanshahi, Wlademir Penna
Aluminium Vinko Potocnik André-Felipe Schneider, B.K. Kakkar, Dagoberto Severo, Kristian Etienne Einarsrud, Suresh Dubey, Yasar Kocaefe
Carbon Houshang Alamdari Camilla Sommersetch, Donald Ziegler, Duygu Kocaefe, Gøril Jahrsengene, Seyed Mohammad Taghavi

Call for papers

The Organizing Committee is currently inviting the submission of papers and presentations.


Submission process is managed by ConfTool which is customized for ICSOBA 2022 Conference.

Papers and presentations should be written in the ICSOBA 2022 Author Guidelines and Paper Template as shown below.

Registration and Visa Support

Conference registration is now open

To register, please use the ConfTool which is customised for the ICSOBA 2022 Conference.

Once registered, and provided all your payments are cleared, your login detail to access the Whova Conference Application (username and password) will be sent to you. The application will open on 15 September, i.e., one month before the conference. During that time, you will be able to browse through the application to familiarize with its features and to download conference proceedings (TRAVAUX № 51) and corresponding presentations pdfs. After the conference, the platform will still be open for one month for you to view “On Demand” the recorded presentations including the Q&A sessions.

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Visa Support and Invitation

If you need an invitation letter for obtaining your visa for Greece, you will be able to download it directly from ConfTool when registered.

A participation letter for your employer is also available from ConfTool if required.

For any further assistance contact ICSOBA organisers at

Registration Fees (USD)

Early Bird Delegate (before 15 August)




Conference Speaker


Student or Retired Delegate


Online Delegate


Field Trip to Smelter/ Refinery




Printed Travaux № 51 Volume


Key Dates

  • 1 April 2022 Call for papers
  • 1 June 2022 Abstract submission deadline
  • 15 July 2022 Program at a Glance Available
    Registration starts
  • 30 July 2022 Full paper submission deadline
  • 30 August 2022 Presentation submission deadline
  • 15 September 2022 Conference Platform is going live
    Final Conference Programme Available
  • 10 October 2022 Opening of the Conference
  • 15 November 2022 Conference platform is available till this date

ICSOBA 2022 President

Spiros Kasdas

Spiros Kasdas

Vice-Chairman, Mytilineos
Short Bio
The importance of ICSOBA’s role is illustrated by the “bauxite to aluminium” production activity of the 2022 conference host, Mytilineos S.A. It has preserved its competitiveness over 5 decades through successive operational and technology improvements. In this journey, ICSOBA's events and "Travaux" papers have been a valuable source of inspiration
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Sponsorship Opportunities

As conference organizers, we try to continuously innovate to contribute to a better technical knowledge sharing within the industry. As an example, this year we are introducing live streaming of the conference from a single platform – Whova – enabling interaction between on-site and virtual participants.

As you well know, organizing such conference would simply not be possible without the strong support of our Conference Sponsors.

You will find the Sponsors Fees and Benefit table which illustrates the different options both for on-site benefit but also through the Whova application, which will be used both by the on-site and the online delegates. Two positions are available for Diamond Sponsors and three for Gold Sponsors. There is no number limitation for Silver and Bronze categories.

Should you be interested to showcase your Company at ICSOBA 2022, feel free to contact for any further information. It will be our pleasure to manage Company registration in ICSOBA Conference Management System Conftool.

About the Host Sponsor

MYTILINEOS is a leading global industrial and energy company with a strong presence in all five continents. The company operates Four Business Units (BUs), the Power & Gas BU, the Metallurgy BU, the Renewables & Storage Development BU and the Sustainable Engineering Solutions BU. Company’s strong international presence in all five continents establishes itself as a global leader, as its exports foreign markets account for more than 2 % of total Greek exports, benefiting significantly the national economy and conveying a strong message for its commitment to continuous growth.

The history of MYTILINEOS commenced at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1908, the then small metallurgy industry MYTILINEOS operated in Piraeus as a rapidly growing family business. In 1990 the MYTILINEOS group is founded as an evolution of the old metallurgy family business and in 2017 it evolves into a new single business entity, MYTILINEOS.

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