27 - 31 October 2024,
Lyon, France

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Invitation and General Information

Dear Colleagues,

For its 42nd International Conference and Exhibition, ICSOBA is inviting you to return to the home turf of Paul Héroult and the place of one of the first plants where Karl Josef Bayer implemented his patented process of alumina extraction from bauxite. 


The conference is planned in the same format as last two years with authors delivering their presentation physically. The presentations will be broadcast live for the participants who cannot attend in-person. 


The conference will take place in Lyon (France) from 27 to 31 October 2024.


We are very thankful to Alteo, Aluminium Dunkerque, Rio Tinto and Trimet for supporting the conference as host sponsors. 


Technical Program of ICSOBA 2024 will include:

  • Keynote presentations giving visitors insights of current technology and market trends in the field of primary aluminium;
  • 3 days of Technical Sessions;
  • Technical tours will be organized to Alteo Gardanne plant with special focus on bauxite residue storage and processing, and to Aluminium Dunkerque smelter, home of a Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project. 

We look forward to seeing you all at ICSOBA 2024!

Conference topics

ICSOBA 2024 will cover the following main subjects:


  • Bauxite
  • Alumina
  • Bauxite Residue
  • Aluminium Electrolysis
  • Electrodes for Aluminium Electrolysis
  • Smelter Cast House


In these subjects ICSOBA 2024 will explore the following key issues


  • Sustainability and decarbonisation
  • Artificial Intelligence applications
  • Energy challenge
  • New technologies
  • Greenfield and Brownfield activities
  • Success stories in projects implementation
  • Health, environment and safety
  • Market scenarios and economic outlook


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 Lyon 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 Central European Time time as well as viewing the recorded presentations “on demand” on the conference platform.
  • Papers and presentations will be in English. They will be published and downloadable from the ICSOBA website for the participants and ICSOBA corporate members. The papers will be indexed in platforms such as Google Scholar. The printed book of proceedings (TRAVAUX No. 53) will be sent as individual orders after the conference

Abstract Submission

While keeping with the main fields of bauxite-alumina-aluminium, the conference will focus on the industry key challenges of today such as sustainability, decarbonisation, digitalisation, IA, …. whilst maintaining a high scientific and technical innovation nature focused on industrial application of scientific results to pilots and at plant level.

The casthouse operation session, fenced to the smelter boundary, introduced last year will be further developed. 


Final abstract submission on 15 March 2024 (This deadline will not be extended) 

ICSOBA 2024 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:

Host Sponsors

Key Dates

  • 1 February 2024 Call for papers
  • 15 March 2024 Abstract submission deadline
  • 31 March 2024 Abstract acceptance notification
  • 1 June 2024 Full paper submission deadline
  • 30 June 2024 Notification to authors that paper has been received and will be considered for publication
  • 1 July 2024 Registration starts
  • 1 August 2024 Draft conference program published
  • 15 September 2024 Presentation submission deadline
  • 27 October 2024 Conference starts

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