MEI Biohydrometallurgy 2014 :: 9th-11th June, Falmouth, UK

The end of December is the deadline for abstract submission for Biohydrometallurgy ’14, the 7th International Symposium on Biohydrometallurgy by MEI.

The last conference, Biohydromet ’12 was attended by over 80 delegates from 22 countries (Conference Report:

This year’s conference features Keynote lectures by two of the most highly respected researchers in this field. Prof. Barrie Johnson, of Bangor University, UK, will present “Biomining in reverse gear: using bacteria to extract metals from oxidized ores“, and Dr. Corale Brierley, an internationally recognised consultant from USA will present the 2nd keynote, entitled “Integrating biohydrometallurgy in contemporary mine production“.
This conference will be run back-to-back with the 3rd International Symposium on Sustainability through Resource Conservation and Recycling (SRCR).

For further details see here:


Short abstracts, of no more than 150 words, should be emailed to Dr. Barry Wills ( by the end of December 2013.

Themes of Biohydromet ’14

Biohydromet ’14 will focus on the latest developments in the field of biohydrometallurgy: the development, optimisation and application of integrated biomining process operations for mineral ores, including low grade and complex ores; the microbiology of biomining and the application of biohydrometallurgy to novel resources (such as mine and electronic wastes) and the (bio)remediation of mining-impacted environments.

1. Biomining Process Development:

  • Development and optimisation of biohydrometallurgy processes, including sub-processes of biohydrometallurgy, reactor systems, hydrodynamics and modelling
  • Associated Unit operations, Up- and Downstream processing (including waste management) etc.

2. The Microbiology of Biomining:

  • Microbial ecology and succession, both description and kinetics
  • Microbial consortia and bioprospecting,
  • Certain fundamental aspects.

3. Biohydrometallurgy Applications:

  • Biomining (i.e. Bioleaching, Biooxidation) applications – both heap and tank
  • Novel and potential resources (e.g. electronic and other metallic wastes)
  • Bioremediation applications (e.g. the treatment, prevention and prediction of AMD, metal recovery from wastes etc.)
  • Other biotechnologies in mining and metallurgical industries.
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