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Interview with Valentin Chanturiya, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences

September 14, 2017 News
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“Mr. Chanturiya, who is organising the Congress?”

“The Congress is organised by the Russian Academy of Sciences, N.V. Melnikov Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources  (IPKON RAS) and MISiS National University of Science and Technology. The event will be held with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation.” 

“This event is of great importance for both the sector and the market. Could you tell us more about this? Lets start with its history…”

“Next year, Russia will host the 29th International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC). Starting with history, International Mineral Processing Congresses have been held since 1952. The first congress was held in London, assembling leading scientists from across the globe, from countries with significant experience in mineral processing: Great Britain, the US, Russia, China, and several others.

“The Congress adopted a decision: in order to develop the mining and mineral processing industry, successfully countries needed to exchange experience in research and also in such equipment and technology as make ore processing particularly efficient.”

“How often is the Congress held?”

“Until 2008, international congresses were held tri-annually. Since 2008, the number of countries wishing to host this important event has grown, and the congress is now held bi-annually.”

“How many attendees usually visit the Congress?”

“Canada had 1,000 people from 56 countries.

“At the closing ceremony of the Congress, Russia was given the floor and, on behalf of our delegation, speaking as the Chairman of the National Organising Committee, I extended the invitation to the 29th International Mineral Processing Congress in Moscow to all the Congress participants and representatives of national companies.”

“Would you say a few words about the programme of the Congress?”

“15 key topics and 3 roundtables have been determined (there are three commissions: one roundtable on education, one on sustainable development in the mining industry and a third on innovative processes.) It is very important to note that the topics and seminars are selected by the International Council

“The annual international “Plaksin Readings” will be held at the Congress. This year, we are holding the 40th Plaksin Readings dedicated to my mentor Igor N. Plaksin, corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, an outstanding scientist who worked in enrichment and hydrometallurgy.”

“A few words on the choice of topics…”

“Three out of the eight plenary lectures have been allocated to Russia:

“– to EuroChem, the primary sponsor of the Congress

“– to Academician, Professor Nikolay Bortnikov: ‘Modern hydrothermal system at the bottom of the oceans: the mineral and raw material base of the future or unjustified expectations.’

“–  to Academician, Professor Valentin Chanturiya: ‘Innovative processes of complex and deep processing of mineral raw materials of natural and technogenic origin of Russia.’

“In their reports and papers, our foreign colleagues will cover new areas in science, equipment and technology for processing complex ores. The world’s leading scientists will deliver lectures. In addition, we have approved keynote presentations to inaugurate each session. This information is available in more detail on the Congress website at”

“Let’s talk about young scientists participating in the Congress.”

“Young means professionals under 35.

“Since 2008, starting with the Congress in China, the International Committee decided there would be a special focus on young scientists and ten awards would be given for the best papers and presentations. We adjusted evaluation criteria to exclude flukes and unjustified awards; we suggested that not only results of preliminary expert assessment but the delivery at the Congress and answers to questions following the presentations should also be evaluated.”

“How can a young presenter be ‘checked’?”

“It is easy: based on tremendous experience of communicating and listening to presentations. At the Plaksin Readings, we have young scientists presenting their works, we analyse the answers they give to questions, and this provides the grounds for evaluating the level of the presenter and how independent their research is.

“We plan for 12 awards and gifts to young scientists as incentives. We will also award official diplomas of the International Council.

“The Americans have given us major support in the matter of ‘reviewing’ young scientists; everything has been embraced at the top level.”

“Traditionally, the Congress will be held simultaneously with the International Exhibition IMPC 2018 EXPO. Mining and Mineral Processing.”

“We want to hold a major exhibition, so, upon approval of the international committee, we settled on a large space for company exhibits. The International Exhibition IMPC 2018 EXPO. Mining and Mineral Processing will be held at the Expocentre International Exhibitions and Conventions.

“Exhibitions have been held as part of the International Mineral Processing Congress – IMPC since 1958. They are of great interest to professionals and scientists from all over the world working in mining and mineral processing. Throughout the history of the Congress, there has never been an independent expo with an area extending to 2000 square meters.

“The International Exhibition IMPC 2018 EXPO is a global event in mining and mineral processing. Leading mining, processing, and metallurgy companies, as well as key suppliers and service companies, will present cutting-edge research and innovations in mining and metallurgy. IMPC 2018 EXPO will be attended by Government, ministry and agency officials, mining professionals, members of engineering companies and research institutes, students and faculty, and also over 1,000 delegates from Russia, China, the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia, India, countries of the EU and the CIS.”

“What are the principal objectives of the International Exhibition IMPC 2018  EXPO.  Mining and Mineral Processing?” 

“The principal one, we believe, is to promote innovations from all over the world and exchange experience between mineral complex experts; other objectives involve developing science and promoting scientific and technological progress. Accordingly, the Exhibition’s thematic areas cover mining and metallurgy enterprises, the oil and gas sector, and gold-mining companies. The Exhibition will feature manufacturers of machinery and equipment for the mining industry, processing and metallurgy enterprises; technologies, equipment and instruments for processing and enriching minerals and for metallurgy; geology and geophysics (equipment, research, information systems); research and production centers, research and design institutes. Particular attention will be paid to the environment and environmental protection, and environmental monitoring of natural resources.”

“Is there a cultural programme planned for the participants in the Congress?”

“There is an extensive cultural programme planned, including tours of Moscow, visits to theatres and museums, and trips to the Golden Ring and along the Moscow River.

“In addition, plans involve visits to the leading enterprises of Metalloinvest and EuroChem. We hope our guests participating in the Congress will also come to love Russia, and that will be conducive not only to mutual understanding between colleagues from various countries but to fostering the perception of the Russian Federation as a hospitable country with highly developed industry and a high level of culture.

“I would like to note that we have a tightly-knit international group that supports its members while relying on international standards and practices.”