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.

Conference Format

The hybrid format of the conference will enable your participation irrespectively if you travel to Manama or have to stay at home. The difference between on-site and virtual 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, participation in technical sessions, exhibition, field trips and social functions. On-site speakers need not record their presentation in advance as it will be broadcast live during the conference itself. On-site participant will also be able to watch the recorded presentations on the virtual platform later.

  • Virtual participants of the hybrid 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 Bahrain time as well as viewing the recorded presentations on the conference virtual platform later. Virtual speakers will have to record their presentation according to ICSOBA guidelines and submit it for broadcasting at the conference at the scheduled time. The virtual speaker will be asked to be available online to answer the questions of the virtual and on-site audience.


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.

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 possible.

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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 inviting the submission of abstracts, papers and presentations.


Presentations will be delivered live at the venue or online. When submitting abstract, authors should indicate their preference of delivery as well as their selected domain (bauxite, alumina, aluminium, carbon or recycling).

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
  • 30 September 2021 Presentation submission deadline
  • 22 November 2021 Opening of the Conference

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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.

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