Welcome from the Chair

4th International Future Mining Conference

Get future ready

It is time to get excited again for the 4th International Future Mining Conference 2019 to be held 19 – 20 November 2019 in Sydney, NSW.

The 4th International Future Mining Conference 2019 follows on from the very successful previous three conferences held in Sydney in 2008, 2011 and 2015.

The organising committee is very excited and fully energised to put together a great program aiming to address and discuss:

  • the future mining industry needs for perpetual innovation in the digital age,
  • transforming mining systems through integration of advanced technologies, and
  • mining operational excellence to achieve cost competitive, safe and environmentally responsible operations.


Mining production is crucial for global socio-economic development and is linked to almost every industry value-chain. However, the current climate of sustained global minerals demand, coupled with deeper orebodies and lower ore grades, extreme mining conditions, and a range of social and environmental challenges, presents a series of challenges for the future.

To eliminate and overcome these challenges, we aim to create a discussion platform to enable mining industry to transform scientific knowledge and advanced technologies from other disciplines and industries into mining systems to retain cost-competitive, safe and environmentally friendly operations.

With many internal and external factors shaping the future of the mining business, the key will be “getting future-ready”. Our world will be different in the future and so will the process of efficiently extracting mineral resources. Therefore, change is essential and inevitable.

For the 4th International Future Mining Conference, we aim to integrate well-informed and thought ideas in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) technologies such as automation, communication, achieve “sustainable technology-integrated mining practices”.

The Future Mining Conference series has become a very important event in the mining calendar, so we encourage you to save the date, present a paper, participate in the conference and hear from world technology leaders to “get future-ready”.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Prof Serkan Saydam MAusIMM, UNSW