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Short course in geometallurgy

  • October 4 – 7, 2016
  • University of Liège
  • Belgium

The short course introduces a range of techniques to enhance collection of geological information that is relevant to mineral processing.

It includes presentations, use of tools, a range of computer-based modelling exercises and case studies.

Tuesday october 4

Introduction to geometallurgy; small scale tools.


  • Rock behaviour,
  • fundamentals,
  • tools and demonstrations,
  • potential problems,
  • future.

Wednesday October 5


  • fundamentals,
  • tools and demonstrations,
  • potential problems,
  • future.


  • fundamentals,
  • tools and demonstrations,
  • potential problems,
  • future.

Thursday October 6

Practical project to cement ideas, methods and modelling.

  • Sample preparation and selection,
  • core logger imaging,
  • LA-ICP-MS in geometallurgy,
  • calculating mineralogy,
  • sampling statistics,
  • and geometallurgy protocols.

Friday October 7

Continuation of practical project.

Case studies

  • Cu porphyry,
  • Au porphyry,
  • limestone,
  • iron ore.

Future of geometallurgy.


Julie Hunt

Senior researcher, GeMMe, ULg

Julie has been working in geometallurgy for the past 10 years. She has over 15 years experience in mapping and mineral deposit studies and is involved in research, education and training programs for geometallurgy.

Ron Berry

Assoc. Professor, CODES, UTAS

Ron has been working in geometallurgy since 2005. He has expertise in automated mineralogy, image processing and numerical methods.

Simon Michaux

Senior researcher, GeMMe, ULg

Simon has been working in geometallurgy for the past 10 years. He has experience in comminution and the development of small-scale testing for geometallurgy.

David Bastin

Laboratory manager, GeMMe, ULg

David graduated as a mining engineer and has over 20 years experience managing programs in process mineralogy, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, including the recycling of metals from end-of-life products.

Stoyan Gaydardzhiev

Assoc. Professor, GeMMe, ULg

Stoyan graduated as a mineral processing engineer and has more than 25 years experience in mineral processing, hydro – and biohydro – metallurgy and metals recycling.


Cost of short course


20% reduction for members of EIT-Raw Materials

€960 (proof of membership is required)

Reduced rate for students

€240 (proof of student status is required)

Lunch plus morning and afternoon tea are included in the registration.

Accommodation and transportation are the responsibility of the course participants.

Participants will need to bring a laptop computer and are expected to have a basic knowledge of Excel.

To join the short course, register now!