FINEX 08 conference announced

Applied Earth Science Division
The Applied Earth Science Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Mineral Deposits Study Group, Geological Society are pleased to announce a major two-day conference scheduled to take place on 23-24 September 2008 in London.
John McGagh, Prestige Lecturer (L) with Professor John Monhemius

IMMa launched at IOM3

International Mining & Minerals Association
An audience of over 100 attended the launch of the International Mining and Minerals Association (IMMa) at the IOM3 London headquarters, where IMMa chairman Professor John Monhemius explained the background to the new organisation and John McGagh of Rio Tinto delivered the 2008 Prestige Lecture on advances in remote mining in Australia.

Dr Didier Farrugia is awarded the 2008 Dowding Medal

Materials Science & Technology Division
Dr Didier Farrugia has been awarded the 2008 Dowding Medal for his achievements in the understanding of metal flow and microstructural evolution during complex hot deformation processes.

Powder metallurgy processing for low-cost titanium

Materials World magazine
Non-melt solid-state consolidation, explored by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA, could produce low-cost titanium components made using powder metallurgy for brake rotors, joint replacements and armour for military vehicles.

Renewable natural fibres – sustainable packaging?

Materials World magazine
Sustainpack is a European research conglomerate that hopes to encourage widespread use of ‘renewable’ natural fibres in paper and board in packaging, by adding value and functionality. The initiative, a vast undertaking into the materials science of these fibres, comprised 35 European partners from 13 countries.