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Icsoba

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium

ICSOBA History

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium (ICSOBA) is an independent non-profit association that unites industry professionals representing major bauxite, alumina and aluminium producing companies, technology suppliers, researchers and consultants from around the world. ICSOBA was formed in 1963 in Zagreb (former Yugoslavia), and in the past half century it has become a well recognized and truly international organization. The main objective of ICSOBA is to promote the exchange of ideas and results of the work from different fields of research related to bauxite exploration and mining, and alumina and aluminium production. Since 1963 some 36 ICSOBA events - symposia, congresses and seminars - were organized in different parts of the world and proceedings were published as printed Travaux volumes until 2010, and as electronic files thereafter.

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Composition of the ICSOBA Board of Directors (1964 – 2019)

ICSOBA President

Board of Directors

15. Viktor Mann (Russia)

Period of service: 2019

Board of Directors:

Chairman: Dr Claude Vanvoren (France),
Vice Chairmen: Dr Frank R. Feret (Canada) and Dr Andrey Panov (Russia),
Program Organizer: Michel Reverdy (France),
Directors: Matthieu Arlettaz (Switzerland), Dr Houshang Alamdari (Canada), BS Pani (India)

14. Raphael Costa (Brazil)

Period of service: 2018

Board of Directors:

Chairman: Dr Claude Vanvoren (France),
Vice Chairmen: Dr Frank R. Feret (Canada) and Dr Andrey Panov (Russia),
Program Organizer: Michel Reverdy (France),
Directors: Matthieu Arlettaz (Switzerland), Dr Houshang Alamdari (Canada), BS Pani (India)

13. Dr Claude Vanvoren (France)

Period of service: 2016 - 2017

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Dr Frank R. Feret (Canada), Dr Andrey Panov (Russia),
Program Organizer: Michel Reverdy (France),
Directors: Matthieu Arlettaz (Switzerland), Dr Houshang Alamdari (Canada), BS Pani (India)

12. Dr Ali Al Zarouni (UAE)

Period of service: 2015

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Dr Frank R. Feret (Canada), Dr Andrey Panov (Russia),
Program Organizer: Michel Reverdy (France),
Directors: Alexandre Gomes (Brazil), Dr Li Wangxing (China)

11. Dr Frank R. Feret (Canada)

Period of service: 2011 - 2014

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Dr Andrey Panov (Russia), Dr Li Wangxing (China)
CEO: Marja Brouwer (Holland),
Secretary General: Dr Jeannette See (Canada)

10. Roelof den Hond (Holland)

Period of service: 2008 - 2011

Board of Directors:

Vice President: Dr Andrey Panov (Russia)
CEO: Dr Ashok Nandi (India)
Secretary General: Dr Jeannette See (Canada)
Directors: Dr T.R. Ramachandran (India), Dr Li Wangxing (China)

8. Prof. Dr Peter Paschen (Austria)

9. Dimitri Contaroudas (Greece)

Period of service:

1998 - 2003

2003 - 2008

Board of Directors:

2002 - 2006
Executive Director: Dr Karoly Solymar (Hungary)
Vice President: Dr Lajos Tolnai (Hungary)
Secretary General and Chairperson of the Council: Prof. Dr. O. Lahodny-Sarc (Croatia)
Technical and scientific liaisons: Parris A. Lyew-Aye (Jamaica), Prof. I. Dragisevic (Croatia),
Dr F.M. Kimmerle (Canada), Prof. Dr V. Siziakov (Russia), Dr H.W. Schimdt (Germany),
Prof. Dr J. Thonstadt (Norway), G.M. Laks (Germany), G. Kirschner (Germany)
Society Liaisons: Dr R. Huglen (Norway), Prof. Dr P. Paschen (Austria), Dr V. Risino (Italy)
Regional Liaisons: Prof. Dr S. K. Bhargava (Australia), Dr V. Chjen (Russia), Dr A.K.Nandi (India),
M.S. Thorabi (Iran), H. Zhao (China)

7. Dr György Komlóssy (Hungary)

Period of service: 1993 - 1998

Board of Directors:

Executive Director: Dr Karoly Solymar (Hungary)
Vice Presidents: G. Callaioli (Italy), E. Cutshall, (USA), A. Franke (Germany), U. Kyriakopoulos (Greece),
Prof. Dr P. Paschen (Austra)
General Secretary: prof. Dr. O. Lahodny-Sarc (Croatia)

6. Dr Adolfo J. Melfi (Brazil)

Period of service: 1988 - 1993

Board of Directors:

Vice presidents: Dr G. Callaioli (Italy), A.M. Bartlett (Australia), Prof. H. Murray (USA),
Prof. D. Nahon (France), Dr Wei Hunguang (China)
General Secretary: Prof. Dr. O. Lahodny-Sarc (Croatia)

5. Ivan Jurkovic (Yugoslavia)

Period of service: 1983 - 1988

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Dr Gyorgy Bárdossy (Hungary), Dr G.V. Hill (Jamaica), Dr Adolfo J. Melfi (Brazil),
Dr A. Poignant (France), Prof. Dr D.G. Sapozhnikov (USSR), Dr J.L. White (USA)
General Secretary: Prof. Dr O. Lahodni-Sarc (Yugoslavia)

4. S.S. Augustitis (Greece)

Period of service: 1978 - 1983

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Dr G. de Weisse (Switzerland), Prof. Dr White (USA), Dr Gyorgy Bárdossy
(Hungary), Dr. E. Mack (Austria), Prof. Dr Holtan (Norway)
General Secretary: Prof. Dr O. Lahodny-Sarc (Yugoslavia)

3. Prof. Dr Jean Nicolas (Fance)

Period of service: 1973 - 1978

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Prof. Dr S.S. Augustitis (Greece), M.L. Bobkov (USSR), Dr Gyorgy Dobos (Hung),
Dr J. Robert (USA), Dr G. de Weisse (Switzerland), Dr. W. Wimberger (Austria)
General Secretary: Prof. Dr O. Lahodny Sarc (Yugoslavia)

2. György Dobos (Hungary)

Period of service: 1969 - 1973

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: M.L. Bobkov (USSR), Prof. Dr J. Nicolas (France), Dr J. Roberts (USA)
General Secretary: Prof. Dr R. Karsulin (Yugoslavia)

1. Jean Papastamatiou (Greece)

Period of service: 1964 - 1969

Board of Directors:

Vice Presidents: Prof. Dr L. Maric (Yugoslavia), Dr Gyorgy Bárdossy (Hungary)
General Secretary: Prof. Dr. R. Karsulin (Yugoslavia)

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ICSOBA Commemorative Medal

On the occasion of the ICSOBA 50th anniversary in 2013, the Awards Committee decided to produce commemorative medals (see the Figure below). The new "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" is 70 mm in diameter and it takes its inspiration from two past designs. On one side there are the embossed portraits of Pierre BERTHIER (1782-1861), member of the French Academy, discoverer of bauxite; Karl Joseph BAYER (1847 -1904), inventor of the Bayer alumina manufacturing process; Paul Louis Toussaint HEROULT (1863-1914) and Charles Martin HALL (1863-1914), inventors of aluminium-electrolysis, together with their names and dates of birth and death. On the other side there are the emblems of ICSOBA and the World, the full ICSOBA name, the name of the person awarded and the year of bestowal.

As in the past, the "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" constitutes a special award and may be awarded to not more than a few persons on the occasion of ICSOBA International Meetings. The medal may be awarded to those members of ICSOBA who achieved significant scientific or practical results within the field of action, or who notably strengthened its organization or promoted its international scientific and industrial cooperation. The name of the awarded person is to be inscribed on the medal, and the awarding event is published in the NEWSLETTER. The “Commemorative Medal” does not carry any pecuniary reward.

ICSOBA Medal Recipients

Name

Specifications

1. Viktor Mann

Country: Russia

Company: Rusal
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2019

2. Raphael Costa

Country: Brazil

Company: Hydro
Venue of award: Belem
Year of award: 2018

3. Matthieu Arlettaz

Country: Switzerland

Company: R & D Carbon
Venue of award: Belem
Year of award: 2018

4. Sudipta Chaudhuri

Country: India

Company: ICSOBA
Venue of award: Belem
Year of award: 2018

5. Martin Iffert

Country: Germany

Company: Trimet Aluminium
Venue of award: Hamburg
Year of award: 2017

6. Marco van der Werff

Country: Germany

Company: DadCo
Venue of award: Hamburg
Year of award: 2017

7. Dr Claude Vanvoren

Country: France

Company: Rio Tinto
Venue of award: Quebec
Year of award: 2016

8. Dr Houshang Alamdari

Country: Canada

Company: Laval University, Regal
Venue of award: Quebec
Year of award: 2016

9. Dr Ali Al Zarouni

Country: United Arab Emirates

Company: Emirates Global Aluminium
Venue of award: Dubai
Year of award: 2015

10. Michel Reverdy

Country: France

Company: Emirates Global Aluminium
Venue of award: Dubai
Year of award: 2015

11. Dr Vinko Potocnik

Country: Canada

Company: Vinko Potocnik Consultant Inc.
Venue of award: Dubai
Year of award: 2015

12. Roelof Den Hond

Country: Netherlands

Company: Alcor
Venue of award: Zhengzhou
Year of award: 2014

13. Prof. Dr Li Wangxing

Country: China

Company: Chalco
Venue of award: Zhengzhou
Year of award: 2014

14. Dr Jeannette See

Country: Canada

Company: Rio Tinto Alcan
Venue of award: Zhengzhou
Year of award: 2013

15. Gyorgy Banvolgyi

Country: Hungary

Company: Bán-Völgy Limited
Venue of award: Zhengzhou
Year of award: 2014

16. Dr György Komlóssy

Country: Hungary

Company: GeoKom
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2013

17. Dimitrios Contaroudas

Country: Greece

Company: Aluminium of Greece
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2013

18. Prof. Dr Peter Polyakov

Country: Russia

Company: Light Metals
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2013

19. Dr Viktor Buzunov

Country: Russia

Company: Rusal
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2013

20. Dr Andrey Panov

Country: Russia

Company: Rusal
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2013

21. Marja Brouwer

Country: Netherlands

Company: Alcor
Venue of award: Krasnoyarsk
Year of award: 2013

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