Third Russia Raw-Materials Dialogue takes place in Saint Petersburg

26 Nov 2019

The third Russia-UK Raw Materials Dialogue took place in Saint Petersburg on 22–24 October. During the first day, IOM3 Past President Martin Cox was awarded a prestigious commemorative medal from the government of the Russian Federation. The medal represents 300 years since the inception of Russian Collegium of Mining.

The IOM3 team, which was led by Martin, included CEO Colin Church and Director of Membership and Professional Standards, Ian Bowbrick, as well as a mixed group of experienced engineers and young researchers from a wide range of universities. The team was also joined by group of UK industrialists who work closely with the Department for International Trade at the UK embassy in Moscow.

The first day of the event was dedicated to early career researchers, which culminated in a series of career presentations. Ian and Chris Broadbent from Wardell Armstrong spoke on the UK side. The key messages remained the same: the need for career planning, the importance of mentors and competent person status, and finally being in the right place at the right time.

The second and third days were dedicated to the Dialogue, titled ‘The investment potential of the raw material and mineral sectors as an element of Russia-UK relationship development’.

The topics addressed broadly covered business, environmental challenges, tailings management, and professional development. Other highlights included a presentation by Christine Blackmore, Chair of the IOM3 Mining Technology Division and a panel piece by Anthony Benham on Industry 4.0 and its importance in recovering hard to access and lower grade deposits.