Invitation and General Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium (ICSOBA) has great honor to announce the 39th International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA from 22 to 25 November 2021.


At this point of time, the conference is planned as a hybrid event, with the physical part to take place in Manama, Bahrain for participants that will be able to travel and with virtual part online for participant that will not be able to travel.


We will monitor the situation of Covid-19 in Bahrain and globally, and the event organization will be adjusted accordingly. If the pandemic still prevents travelling in September 2021, the conference will be declared fully virtual.


We look forward to seeing you all in Manama and online for ICSOBA-2021:



Conference topics

ICSOBA 2021 will focus on sustainable development and carbon footprint reduction in the following domains:


  • Bauxite deposits
  • Bauxite mining
  • Alumina refining
  • Carbon electrodes in aluminium electrolysis
  • Primary aluminium production
  • Aluminium recycling
  • Overcoming operational challenges
  • New technologies
  • Greenfield and Brownfield projects
  • Success stories in projects implementation
  • Health, environment and safety

Market scenarios and economic outlook will be reviewed during Keynotes sessions.


Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with international experts, scientists, engineers, technology suppliers, equipment manufacturers and representatives of worldwide aluminium industry.

The Virtual Conference Format

The Virtual format of the conference provides you numerous opportunities to participate in the event without need to travel.


Participants of the conference will be able to download the papers and presentations before opening of the conference. They will be able to attend the presentations live in the scheduled sessions Bahrain time as well as viewing the recorded presentations “on demand” on the conference virtual platform shortly after.


All speakers will have to record their presentations according to ICSOBA guidelines and submit it for broadcasting at the scheduled time. The speakers will be asked to be available online to answer the questions from the delegates raised by chat before and during their presentations.


All other aspects of the conference will remain the same i.e. abstract submission, full paper submission and peer-review process.

Venue of the Conference

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

The event will take place from 22 to 25 November 2021 in the city of Manama, Bahrain.

More information about the Venue and hotels to follow.

Bahrain is one of the most visited countries in the Middle East. The kingdom combines modern Arab culture and historical places which reflect five thousand years of Bahrain civilization.

ICSOBA 2021 Virtual Platform

For the Virtual part of the Conference, ICSOBA contracted VFairs as platform provider.

This choice was driven by two main criteria:

  • the rating of this platform and its ability to handle hybrid events (mix of live stream and pre-recorded presentations)
  • but mainly because of this platform enhanced capability with regards to interactivity between speakers, exhibitors and delegates. This was the major point for improvement identified by to our member in the post ICSOBA 2020 satisfaction survey

The ICSOBA 2021 Virtual Platform is under construction, but you can already get a feel of it at:

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Conference Language

Papers and presentations will be in English. They will be published and downloadable from 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. 50) will be sent to individual orders after the conference.


Exhibition of latest technologies, equipment and other devices for the aluminium industry will take place during the conference. Companies will be given a time slot for presentation at a corresponding technical session of the conference. The connection with virtual participants will be facilitated.

ICSOBA 2021 Speaker Program

Conference will run for 3 days from November 22 to 24:

  • Two streams (Bauxite & Alumina, Carbon and Aluminium) will run in parallel presentations;
  • 3-4 keynotes and 32 technical presentations for Bauxite & Alumina, Carbon and Aluminium will be conducted and broadcast each day;
  • Q&A session will follow each keynote presentation and a live Q&A panel with speakers will follow 4 successive technical presentations.

ICSOBA 2021 Keynote Speakers:

Paul Adkins

Paul Adkins

Managing Director,
AZ China Limited, Hong Kong
Short Bio
China and Green Aluminium.
Roland Héquet

Roland Héquet

Vice President Hydrogen Strategy & Origination,
John Cockerill, Seraing, Belgium
Short Bio
Large Scale Green Hydrogen Production to Help Decarbonizing the Aluminium Sector.
Julian Kettle

Julian Kettle

Senior Vice President, Vice Chair Metals and Mining,
Wood Mackenzie, London, United Kingdom
Short Bio
The Energy Transition and the Challenge of Supply Development.
Pascal Lavoie

Pascal Lavoie

Director-Smelting Manufacturing Excellence,
Alcoa, Montreal, Canada
Short Bio
Alcoa’s Advance Sustainably Strategy: The Alcoa Pathway to Sustainability in the Aluminum Industry.
Manasa Prasad Mishra

Manasa Prasad Mishra

Director, Projects & Technical,
National Aluminium Company Ltd, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Short Bio
Waste Management in the Indian Aluminium Industry - Key to Circular Economy.
Pernelle Nunez

Pernelle Nunez

Deputy Secretary General, Director-Sustainability,
International Aluminium Institute, London, United Kingdom
Short Bio
Sustainability in the Aluminium Industry – Challenges and Opportunities.
Uday Patel

Uday Patel

Senior Research Manager Global Aluminium Markets,
Wood Mackenzie, London, United Kingdom
Short Bio
Aluminium Market Outlook: A Tectonic Shift or a Temporary Blip.
Fiona Solomon

Fiona Solomon

Chief Executive Officer,
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, Melbourne, Australia
Short Bio
ASI - Responsible Production, Sourcing and Stewardship of Aluminium.
Souleymane Traoré

Souleymane Traoré

Chief Executive Officer,
Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée – CBG, Conakry, Guinea
Environmental, Social and Governance Strategies Should Be Central to African Mineral Value Chains.
Hans Erik Vatne

Hans Erik Vatne

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer,
Norsk Hydro ASA, Oslo, Norway
Short Bio
Moving to CO2-Neutral Alumina and Aluminium Production at Norsk Hydro.
Paul Adkins

Paul Adkins

Roland Héquet

Roland Héquet

Julian Kettle

Julian Kettle

Pascal Lavoie

Pascal Lavoie

Manasa Prasad Mishra

Manasa Prasad Mishra

Pernelle Nunez

Pernelle Nunez

Uday Patel

Uday Patel

Fiona Solomon

Fiona Solomon

Souleymane Traoré

Souleymane Traoré

Hans Erik Vatne

Hans Erik Vatne

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Technical Field Trips

Alumina – Ma’aden alumina refinery, Saudi Arabia

  • Second-largest single-stream high-pressure Bayer plant in the world;
  • One of the highest-temperature plants of its kind in the world with digestion temperature at 270°C processing boehmitic bauxite.


Ras Al Khair, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Aluminium – Aluminium of Bahrain

  • The world’s largest aluminium smelter outside China produced more than 1.548 Mt of primary aluminium in 2020;
  • Is recognized for operational excellence, innovative solutions, high quality products, outstanding technical services, and strict compliance to safety and environment regulations.


King Hamad Hwy, Askar, Bahrain

Call for papers

The Organizing Committee is currently inviting the submission of presentations.


All presentations will be pre-recorded and transmitted online. The instructions “How to record an ICSOBA 2021 presentation on Zoom” will be issued shortly to the speakers and will be available in the ICSOBA website.

Submission process is managed by ConfTool which is customized for ICSOBA 2021 Conference.

Abstracts and papers should be written in the ICSOBA 2021 Author Guidelines and Paper Template, and the presentations shall be prepared in ICSOBA 2021 Presentations Template as available hereunder for download.

Paper selections and reviews will be made by ICSOBA Technical Committee under the leadership of Program Director and Subject Organisers.


ICSOBA 2021 Technical Committee


ICSOBA 2021 Technical Committee consists of:

1. Program Director: Michel Reverdy

2. Deputy Program Director: Vinko Potocnik

3. Subject Organizers and Reviewers:

  • Keynote
    Subject Organiser: Michel Reverdy
    Reviewers: Michel Reverdy and other reviewers
  • Bauxite, Alumina, Bauxite Residue
    Subject Organiser: Carlos Suarez
    Reviewers: Steven Healy, Andrey Panov, Bijoy Satpathy, Frank Feret, Georgy Banvolgiy, Thymis Balomenos Martin Fennell Stephan Beaulieu, Abdullah AlOtaibi, Patrick James, Evandro Leao, Gokhan Demir, Helen Adamson, Ajamu Duncan
  • Aluminium (Primary aluminium production and Recycling)
    Subject Organiser: Vinko Potocnik
    Reviewers: André-Felipe Schneider, B.K. Kakkar, Dagoberto Severo, Kristian Etienne Einarsrud, Stephan Broek, Yasar Kocaefe, David Roth (Aluminium Recycling)
  • Carbon
    Subject Organiser: Houshang Alamdari
    Reviewers: Duygu Kocaefe, Gøril Jahrsengene

Key Dates

  • 30 June 2021 Abstract submission deadline
  • 31 August 2021 Full paper submission deadline
  • 15 September 2021 Program at a Glance Available.
    Registration Open
  • 30 September 2021 Presentation submission deadline
  • 22 October 2021 Virtual Platform is on.
    Deadline for Recorded Presentation Submission
  • 1 November 2021 Final Program Available
  • 22 November 2021 Opening of the Conference
  • 25 December 2021 Virtual platform is available till this date

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ICSOBA 2021 President

Abdulla Habib

Dr. Abdulla Habib

Chief Operating Officer, Aluminium Bahrain
Short Bio
Aluminium is the metal of the future. As the world’s largest aluminium smelter ex-China, we believe in partnering with industry-specific associations such as ICSOBA that will enable us to exchange and transfer knowledge as well as best practices. Through this, we aim to achieve efficient and cost-effective solutions that will help us stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing global environment. This in turn will translate Alba’s Vision ‘To be the number one aluminium supplier for the generations to come.
About ICSOBA presidents

About the Host Sponsor

Alba is the world’s largest aluminium smelter outside China with a production of more than 1.5 million tonnes per year (1.548 Mt in 2020). Around 79 % of our products - from customised alloys to a variety of surface finishes -- are exported to more than 150 global customers through our sales offices in Europe, Asia, Singapore, and a subsidiary office in the U.S.

Alba Campus comprises six Reduction Lines, three Power Stations, four Casthouses and four Carbon Plants, along with other ancillary facilities. In addition to primary aluminium production, we also produce 530 000 tonnes per year of high-quality calcined petroleum coke at our own dedicated Coke Calcining Plant. Alba also yields 9.5 million cubic metres of potable water per year from its dedicated seawater desalination plant.

Alba has carved an enviable reputation in Safety, Environment and Health, Sustainability and Quality Management. It is one of the few smelters in the world to have achieved Zero Lost Time Injuries (LTI) in 2019. Alba was recognized during 2020 with five categories of National Safety Council (NSC) awards - USA, International Safety.

Award with Merit from British Safety Council (BSC) – UK, and Gold Medal Health and Safety Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) – UK. In addition, Alba closed 2020 with achieving 6 million safe-working hours without LTI.

Alba is committed to fostering greater sustainability across all our operations. In line with its CSR initiatives, Alba set-up the Region’s first-of-its-kind Spent Pot Lining (SPL) Treatment Plant in cooperation with Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Environment in 2019 to create a sustainable solution for the treatment of SPL with zero-waste. In 2020, Alba inaugurated its Fish Farm Project in collaboration with the Bahrain National Guard Consumer Association, thus boosting the Kingdom’s aquaculture and enriching the biodiversity around Alba’s operations.

Starting out in 1971 as a 120 000 tonnes per year smelter, Alba has continually delivered value to its customers, shareholders and stakeholders. As we mark the Golden Jubilee of operations in 2021, we aspire to be more productive, innovative and sustainable.

For more information on Alba, please visit


There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Organisers.

About the Hybrid Conference Solution Provider


vFairs is a leading virtual & hybrid events platform that helps organizations reach global audiences & create a branded virtual venue for attendees to network. vFairs offers the unique ability for customers to setup 3D immersive environments that simulate a physical setting. It allows organizers to host live & semi-live webinars, QnA sessions & even live streams from a physical venue.

The platform offers rich engagement and networking options for all stakeholders at an event.

1- Speakers are able to deliver live and semi-live webinars with multiple panelists with ease. In case of hybrid, organizers can seamlessly host a live stream from a physical venue.

2- Attendees can network in a variety of ways in vFairs. They can enter themed group chatrooms to freely exchange ideas with another. They can also use the directory listing to find like-minded individuals and invite them to a private 1:1 chat. Attendees can choose to interact using text, audio or video chat. During these chats, participants are able to view each other's profile to gain more context & record notes to retain the highlights of the conversation.

3- Exhibitors and sponsors are also able to setup virtual booths on the platform and share presentations, videos & podcasts. They can even open up time slots that attendees can pre-book and identify their booth’s visitors to interact with them.

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