Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Division annual reports

Annual reports for previous years are available for download at the end of the page


1. Board membership

In 2017 the Board welcomed Dr Gawen Jenkins of Leicester University.

Michael Brooks and Emma Hosking left the Board during the year and the Division thanks them for their service and valued contributions.

There are 9 directors serving on the MP&EM Board, all members of IOM3. They are:

Tony Francis (TF), Chairman – Independent Consultant, FMC Ltd

Professor Hylke Glass (HG), Vice Chairman – CSM, Exeter University

Dr Mike Butler (MB) – Director Mining & Minerals (Europe), Jacobs

Mike Cave (MC) – Independent Consultant, Mike Cave Pyro Ltd

Professor Gawen Jenkins – Leicester University

Dr R Vasant Kumar (VK) – University of Cambridge

David Meadows (DM) - Global Manager of Metallurgy, Mining & Metals, Bechtel

Professor John Monhemius (JM) – Director, Anglo Asian Mining Plc

Professor Stephen Neethling (SN) – RSM, Imperial College

2. Board meetings

Three Board meetings were held during 2017 all at the London offices of IOM3, 297 Euston Road. The meeting of 26 January was attended by 6 members of the Board. The second meeting on 25 May was attended by 5 Board members. The third Board meeting of the year was convened on September 28 and had 6 Board members in attendance. Board members proceeded to the IMMa meetings which immediately followed that of the MP&EM Board.

3. Activities during 2017

3.1 Technical programme

The planned Geometallurgy2017 Conference was re-scheduled to April 19-20, 2018, refer to the Appendix for the scheduled technical programme in the coming years.

3.2 Web-site developments

The MP&EM web site is kept updated with relevant news items, technical meetings and Conferences. In the last statistics reported for July - October 2017 the MP&EM micro site increased its ranking to 5th out of the 45 IOM3 Technical Communities monitored reflecting the success of the Board in engaging its technical community and the highest ranking from the extractive technical divisions.

The contents of the current and back issues of the IOM3 technical journal, IMM, Transactions C, representing the MP&EM industries worldwide are available free of charge to members from a link on the MP&EM micro-site, IMM Transactions C. This journal is highly regarded and is edited by Board member Dr. R. Vasant Kumar.

3.3 Engagement with the technical community and/or local societies

The Division produces a newsletter scheduled at 3 issues per year and is a lead division in doing so. The first editor, Emma Hosking resigned during the year. Emma provided a great service to the MP&EM community and the editor is now board member, Mike Cave who is continuing with this valuable work. The newsletter is circulated to members and is openly accessible from the IOM3 web site. During 2017 a further 3 issues were published and all are posted on the MP&EM web site at MP&EM Newsletter from where they can be downloaded.

Tony Francis chaired the Minerals Processing section of the prestigious 2017 Mines and Technology Conference in London, a new addition to the well-established Mines and Money series of events, in his capacity as Chair of the MP&EM division of IOM3. Board member Professor John Monhemius presented a paper.

The MP&EM division continued to maintain close cooperation with IMMa, the extractive industries umbrella group and the MinSouth local society. All Board members advise colleagues and professional contacts of the benefits and advantages of IOM3 member services.

The MP&EM Board maintains a keen interest in and liaison with the IOM3 in-house technical library which has an exhaustive collection of books and journals unique in the mining world. The library and the related information services continued to operate well throughout the year and has been moved to a dedicated home at IOM3’s Boiler House offices in Grantham. MP&EM Board Chairman, Tony Francis, attended the official opening of the National Materials and Mining Archive on 18 July 2017 at the IOM3 Grantham Centre, to read about it and see the official photos click here.

The MP&EM board is a prime mover with IMMa in encouraging a link up of OneMine with the IOM3 library and the IMMAGE database. This is considered to benefit both organisations. The IOM3 executive are pursuing this and progress is being made. It is hoped that formal negotiations will be completed in 2018 and the benefits will then become available to all IOM3 members.

Welcome letters to new members of the Division were sent out under the Chairman’s signature by the IOM3 membership department.

3.4 Contributions to IOM3 house journals

Board member David Meadows, FIMMM contributed an excellent article on Geometallurgy applied to the Mining Industry in the July edition of Materials World.  2 further pieces were published in the July and September editions.

The contents of the current and back issues of the IOM3 technical journal, IMM Transactions C, representing the MP&EM industries worldwide are available free of charge to members from a link on the MP&EM micro-sit, refer to section 3.2. The contents of the 4 editions in Volume 126 published during 2017 cover technical activities across the entire spectrum of the MP&EM disciplines in 33 original and refereed papers. Issues 1 & 2 had the theme “Sustainability, Waste Processing and Secondary Recovery”.

3.5 Other matters

Sustainability initiatives

The Board has issued the Divisions Sustainability Statement and posted it under a dedicated tab on the Divisions web site, MP&EM Sustainability.  

Issues 1 & 2 of the IMM Transactions C were focused on Sustainability, refer to Section 3.4. The Board’s representative on the SDG is Professor Gawen Jenkins of Leicester University.

IOM3 has purchased video-conferencing equipment and teleconferencing software but has limited its use mainly to the IOM3 executive. The Board utilises the IOM3 telephone dial-in facility.

The unnecessary printing of documents and minutes is discouraged.


The MP&EM Board’s divisional brochure is used as a marketing tool at suitable fora. The brochure is on display and available at the IOM3 offices, interested members may request copies to be posted for suitable events such as schools careers days, seminars, work-shops and conferences.

The MP&EM Board submitted nominations for the Institute’s 2017 prestigious Futers Gold medal and the Medal for Excellence awards. The 2017 Futers Gold medal was awarded to Derek J Barratt for his outstanding contribution to Minerals Processing particularly big mill comminution. Barry Wills was awarded the Medal for Excellence in recognition of his life-long work in Minerals Engineering education and publication.   

Board Chair, Tony Francis was honoured to receive the 2017 IOM3 Outstanding Contribution award.

4. Strategy and Objectives for 2017 and Beyond

4.1 Opportunities and constraints

A primary objective of the MP&EM Board and its members is to grow membership of the IOM3 through academic, industrial and personal networking. In this regard the Board has discussed that a medium to long term objective should be to establish relations with the Universities to encourage them to establish post graduate teaching modules or conversion courses catering for the MP&EM disciplines. Preliminary engagement has started. It is appreciated that some Universities have these modules. Unfortunately the impetus has stalled.

Encourage and facilitate members of suitable standing to upgrade their membership status.

During the year 44 IOM3 members elected to affiliate to the MP&EM and all Board members and IOM3 staff involved are to be congratulated. The total membership of the division at the year-end is 421.

The Board ensures the interests of the MP&EM community continue to be represented in IOM3 through membership of Council, the ITPB and other agencies.

The Chairman encourages the MP&EM Board members to be actively engaged in furthering member’s interests and the Institute’s objectives.

4.2 Specific targets for 2018

Re-arrange the Geometallurgy2017 for 19-20 April 2018 at 297 Euston Road, the lead organiser will be Professor Hylke Glass of Exeter University.

Arrange a Conference at Trinity Cambridge for late 2018 under the lead of Dr Vasant Kuma. The provisional title is “Future Prospects in Minerals and Metals”.

Grow membership, encourage and facilitate members of suitable standing to upgrade their membership status.

Increase the membership of the Board for wider representativity of the MP&EM community.

Aim to have at least 50% of the Board members attending meetings and all actively contributing.

Nominate suitable candidates for the 2018 Futers Gold medal, the Medal for Excellence and other relevant awards.

Progress the objective to establish relations with the Universities and encourage those that have not done so to set up teaching modules catering for the MP&EM disciplines. No UK Universities currently provide MP&EM as primary undergraduate degree courses, refer to 4.1 earlier.

4.3 Specific targets for the 4 years beyond 2018

A primary objective which is applicable to all years of the MP&EM Board and its members is to grow membership of the IOM3 through academic, industrial and personnel networking. The Board will continue to contribute positively to Institute activities covering the areas described in Section 3 above.

Over the coming years the Board aims to establish relations with the Universities to encourage them to establish post graduate teaching modules catering for the MP&EM disciplines.

The MP&EM Board will aim to arrange suitable annual technical Conferences for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Continue to compile and publish the MP&EM E-Newsletter.

The MP&EM Board and the IOM3 Conference section presented a provisional bid for hosting the major international Conference “International Minerals Processing Congress” for 2022. This biennial Conference was convened in Quebec for 2016 where the bid was submitted to the organizing committee and added to the short list currently comprising 3 others. The locations for 2018 and 2020 have been awarded to Moscow and Cape Town respectively. The full formal bid will need to be presented at the 2018 Conference where the successful bidder will be announced. The IOM3 executive has approved the application process.

5. Other matters



Appendix: Technical Programme as of December 2017









Organising  Division(s) /Committee(s)


Financial Underwriter (IOM3/




Target No's

Actual No’s




SMEET II – Sustainable Materials for Emerging Energy Technology

1 CHT, London








Minerals  for Life – Overcoming Resource Constraints

Edinburgh University

Mineralogical Society with MP&EM reps

Mineralogical Society



11-12 June 2014



1 CHT, London





15-16 December 2015


Minerals and Metals from Mine to Market

Trinity Hall, Cambridge University








Emerging Trends in Minerals Engineering

297ER, London





2018, April 19-20



Geometallurgy2017 now 2018






2018, December


Future Prospects in Minerals and Metals

Trinity Hall, Cambridge University





25 – 29 August



SGA – Session on Geometallurgy