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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.

Medals were awarded

Three medals were awarded at the 2018 ICSOBA conference in Belem to:

  • Raphael Vieira da Costa of Hydro for welcoming ICSOBA in Belem and facilitating the organization of the highly successful conference, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
  • Matthieu Arlettaz of R & D Carbon in recognition of his introduction of modern tools (ConfTool, Stripe, Whova), which revolutionized ICSOBA conference administration and his contribution to organization of the highly successful events, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
  • Sudipta Chaudhuri for her long-term commitment to ICSOBA, and for her tireless efforts in promoting it and its mission, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.

In 2018 also a Maple Leaf Aluminium Dish was offered to the visited plants (Paragominas bauxite mine, Alunorte alumina plant and Albras smelter) as token of appreciation for hosing ICSOBA delegates.

Two medals were awarded at the 2017 ICSOBA conference in Hamburg. The medals were awarded to: Martin Iffert of Trimet Aluminium and to Marco van der Werff of DadCo.

At ICSOBA 2016 in Quebec two medals were awarded to: Dr Claude Vanvoren and Dr Houshang Alamdari.

At ICSOBA 2015 in Dubai three medals were awarded to: Dr Ali Al Zarouni, Michel Reverdy and Dr Vinko Poocnik.

At ICSOBA 2014 in Zhengzhou four medals were awarded to: Roelof Den Hond (past president), Prof. Dr Li Wangxing, Dr Jeannette See and Gyorgy Banvolgyi.

Six medals were awarded at ICSOBA 2013 in Krasnoyarsk to:

Dr György Komlóssy and Dimitri Contaroudas (past presidents), Prof. Dr Peter Polyakov, Dr Viktor Buzunov, Dr Andrey Panov and Marja Brouwer.

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