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.


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


We are very thankful to MYTILINEOS to support the conference as the host sponsor.



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


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 Conference. 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.

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 virtual 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 virtual platform.
  • Virtual 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 virtual 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.

For more information and registration, please visit

Final RemovAL Cross-Fertilisation Conference

The final RemovAL Cross-Fertilisation Conference will mainly focus on presenting the new processing technologies for valorising base and critical metals from the waste streams of primary Aluminum production (mainly bauxite residue) developed in RemovAL EU projects as well as other EU projects. Policy aspects will be also addressed for boosting the use of bauxite residue, following industry recommendations.

For more information and registration, please visit


Venue of the Conference

Athens, Greece

The event will take place from 10 to 14 October 2022 in beautiful capital city of Greece - Athens.


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


More information about the Venue and Hotels to follow.


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.


Exhibition of latest technologies, equipment and other devices for the aluminium industry will take place alongside the conference. Companies will be given a slot for presentation at a corresponding technical session of the conference. The connection with the part of delegates participating virtually will also be facilitated.

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 650 000 tonnes of Greek bauxite ore, processing each year more than 1.4 million tonnes of Greek bauxite ore and 0.4 million tonnes of tropical bauxite ore.
  • Producing 835 000 tonnes of alumina (out of which 475 000 tonnes are exported).
  • Producing 190 000 tonnes of aluminium (out of which 105 000 tonnes are exported).
  • Advanced pilot plant for bauxite residue valorisation.

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Call for papers

The Organizing Committee is currently inviting the submission of abstracts.


Submission process of abstracts, papers and presentations is managed by ConfTool which is customized for ICSOBA 2022 Conference.

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

Key Dates

  • 1 April 2022 Call for papers
  • 1 June 2022 Abstract submission deadline
  • 15 July 2022 Program at a Glance Available
    Registration opens
  • 30 July 2022 Full paper submission deadline
  • 30 August 2022 Presentation submission deadline
  • 10 October 2022 Opening of the Conference

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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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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About the European Aluminium

European Aluminium, founded in 1981 and based in Brussels, is the voice of the aluminium industry in Europe. We actively engage with decision makers and the wider stakeholder community to promote the outstanding properties of aluminium, secure growth and optimise our metal’s contribution to meeting Europe’s sustainability challenges.

Through environmental and technical expertise, economic and statistical analysis, scientific research, education and sharing of best practices, public affairs and communication activities, European Aluminium promotes the use of aluminium as a material with permanent properties that is part of the solution to achieving sustainable goals, while maintaining and improving the image of the industry, of the material and of its applications among their stakeholders.

Our 95+ members include primary aluminium producers; downstream manufacturers of extruded, rolled and cast aluminium; producers of recycled aluminium and national aluminium associations are representing more than 600 plants in 30 European countries. Aluminium products are used in a wide range of markets, including automotive, transport, high-tech engineering, building, construction and packaging.

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