Invitation and General Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium (ICSOBA) has the great honour to announce the 41th International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA, that will take place in Dubai from 5 to 9 November 2023.


This will be the second time ICSOBA will take place Dubai and fifth time in the Middle East.


This year, ICSOBA will celebrate its 60th anniversary.


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


Organisation and conditions of ICSOBA 2023 exhibition will be released at a later stage.


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

Technical Program of ICSOBA 2023 will include:


  • Keynote presentations giving visitors insights of current technology and market trends in the field of primary aluminium;
  • 3 days of Technical sessions (approximately 100 presentations);
  • A dedicated Alumina Properties for Smelting workshop is to be organized jointly by smelting and refining experts.
  • Technical tours of EGA’s smelter and Alumina refinery.



We look forward to seeing you all at ICSOBA-2023!

Conference topics

ICSOBA 2023 will explore the following key issues:


  • Sustainability and decarbonisation
  • Energy challenge
  • Bauxite deposits and mining
  • Alumina refining
  • Bauxite residue
  • Electrodes for aluminium electrolysis
  • Aluminium electrolysis
  • Smelter Casthouse Operation
  • 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 Dubai or must 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 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 Dubai time as well as viewing the recorded presentations “on demand” on the conference platform.

Call for Papers

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

Submission process is managed by ConfTool which is customized for ICSOBA 2023 Conference.


Following extensive survey of ICSOBA Corporate Members, a brand-new topic is added this year to the ICSOBA Conference agenda: Casthouse Operation! This new session will cover every aspect of a smelter Casthouse workshop operations with particular interest to the interface between Casthouse and upstream operations. Focus should be similar to other conference sessions: sustainability and decarbonisation, energy usage, automation and digitalisation.

Abstracts and papers should be written in the ICSOBA 2023 Author Guidelines and Paper Template as shown below.

Key Dates

  • 1 March 2023 Call for papers
  • 31 May 2023 Abstract submission deadline
  • 15 July 2023 Full paper submission deadline
  • 15 September 2023 Draft conference program available
  • 30 September 2023 Presentation submission deadline
  • 15 October 2023 Conference Platform is going live
    Final Conference program available
  • 5 November 2023 Conference starts: Registration and Welcome reception
  • 6 - 8 November 2023 Conference Technical Sessions
  • 8 November 2023 Alumina Properties for Smelting Workshop
  • 9 November 2023 Refinery/Smelter Field Trip
  • 31 December 2023 Conference platform is available till this date

ICSOBA 2023 President

Sergey Akhmetov

Sergey Akhmetov

Executive Vice President Midstream, Emirates Global Aluminium
Short Bio
Over last 60 years ICSOBA has developed into the most advanced technical forum for our global industry, with high quality technical papers and collaborative discussion between experts from around the world. I am honored to serve as President for 2023, when ICSOBA will take place in Dubai – one of the world’s leading cities, including in aluminium. 2023 is the Year of Sustainability in the United Arab Emirates. I welcome the global aluminium industry to Dubai to make new progress in how we all contribute to the development of a more sustainable society.
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About the Host Sponsor

EGA is the world’s largest ‘premium aluminium’ producer and the biggest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas.

Together, we innovate aluminium to make modern life possible.

We operate aluminium smelters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, an alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi, and a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in the Republic of Guinea.

Aluminium is among the world’s most versatile metals, and our global customers transform it into products that make modern life possible – from smartphones and building materials to food packaging and car parts.

Our aluminium is the biggest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas, bringing in billions of dollars of export revenue each year contributing to the diversification of the national economy.

Four per cent of the world’s aluminium production or almost half of the aluminium produced in the Gulf Cooperation Council, is made by us. That means approximately one in every 25 tonnes of aluminium is UAE-made.

Our development since the 1970s has taken the UAE from no aluminium production to the fifth largest aluminium-producing country in the world.

Our homegrown technology enables us to be cost competitive and environmentally responsible while meeting our customers’ and society’s needs.

EGA is owned equally by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. It is the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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

ICSOBA conference, “The technology Conference of the Aluminium Industry, for the Aluminium Industry”, gives opportunity to your Company to maximize its exposure to the primary aluminium decision makers and influencing technologists.

Please consult the Sponsors Fees and Benefit table which illustrates the different options for on-site benefit but also through the Whova application, which will be used both by the on-site and the online delegates.

If you are willing to support ICSOBA activities and to showcase your Company at ICSOBA 2023, feel free to contact for any further information.

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