3rd International Critical Metals Conference

The 3rd International Critical Metals Conference, organized by the Mineralogical Society’s Applied Mineralogy Group, will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons venue, Edinburgh on the 30th of April to the 2nd of May 2019, with an ice breaker event on the evening of the 29th of April.

This conference aims to bring together researchers, both academic and industrial, who are working at different stages along the life cycle of critical metals. Session themes will include the geology and resources of critical metals, raw materials for the decarbonisation of energy and transport, life cycle analysis and ethical sourcing of critical metals.

We are currently pulling together an attractive list of invited speakers and plenary presenters, and our programme will include ECR-led sessions and a dedicated poster session. The conference dinner, which will be included in the cost of registration, will be held on the 1st of May.

We are delighted to already be in a position to announce that Dr Evi Petavratzi and Mr Gus Gunn of the British Geological Survey will convene a session on ‘Battery Raw Materials’ at the conference. Co-authors on the recent ‘Briefing note on raw materials for batteries in electric vehicles’, Gus and Evi are at the forefront of highlighting the challenges associated with securing the supply of the critical raw materials required for the EV battery industry.

In addition, Dr Kathryn Goodenough of the British Geological Survey will lead a one day pre-conference field trip on Monday the 29th of April 2019 to the east coast of East Lothian and Traprain Law. Further details on the fieldtrip will be published in the coming months.

A special issue of Mineralogical Magazine is also suggested; details to follow.

Online registration will open in early 2019. Programme details including invited speakers will be added as they become available.

Convenors: Eimear Deady, Aoife Brady, Alicja Lacinska, Kevin Murphy, Russell Rajendra