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Smart mining conference returns to shape innovative & sustainable mining solutions for a post-pandemic world 

The fourth Smart Mining Conference (SMC2021) will return on the 17th of November 2021, hosted by the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) of RWTH Aachen University and VDMA Mining.

Between 17-18 November 2021, SMC2021 will be held online uniting about 200 business delegates  from 20 countries including Germany, Australia, Africa and Canada, to address what smart mining means in the post-COVID era and provide solutions to navigate the next wave of transformation.

SMC2021 will convene international representatives across industry, research, academia, policy and technology. SMC2021 will provide insights from around the world to help mining companies and suppliers navigate post-COVID trends and industry challenges, share new innovations and best practices, foster sector-wide collaboration, and pivot towards long-term value and sustainable growth.

This year’s keynotes include “Key Trends for Shaping the Mining Future” led by Andrew Smart, Partner & Global Mining & Metals Leader at Deloitte, Toronto, and “Smart Mining in a Post-Covid world” by George Hemingway, Managing Partner and Head of Innovation & Growth Practice at the Stratalist Group, New York City.

Additional program sessions include:

  • Smart Operations Management
  • Smart Decarbonization Strategies
  • Smart Work & Remote Capabilities
  • Smart Collaboration Technologies

Elisabeth Clausen, Professor & Director of AMT at RWTH Aachen University, said:

“Digital change often is perceived as rather slow in mining, but there is no doubt that the pandemic has accelerated the digital disruption of the mining industry and spurred incredible levels of innovation. This is a great opportunity, and as we rebuild, acclimatise to the new normal, and make progress towards strengthening the ESG performance of the sector, we have a chance to embrace the further application of digital technologies across the sector.

The pandemic has also revealed anew the importance of collaboration. This year’s Smart Mining Conference will bring together stakeholders from across the sector and across the world in the spirit of collaboration to help redefine smart-mining in a post-pandemic world. We look forward to welcoming our friends and partners from industry, research, academia, technology and policy, as well as making new acquaintances, as we work to foster new ideas and solutions contributing to sustainable development of the mining sector.”

Klaus Stoeckmann at VDMA Mining said:

“If you share our belief in innovation as an enabler for mining resilience, agility and sustainability, join us for this year’s Smart Mining Conference. From decarbonisation and ESG performance, to smart work strategies and digital tools – we’re looking at practical solutions which can foster better mining sector in the post-pandemic era. Be a part of the future of mining.”

Conference partners include Naturallia Val’Dor, DMT GROUP, and the German Mining Network.

For more information and registration, visit: Registration includes access to: all keynote sessions and Q&A discussions; all presentations; virtual exhibitions; attendee contact exchange and networking platform. Early bird registration available until 15 October 2021.


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