Beneficiation of Phosphates VII

An ECI Conference Series

March 29-April 3, 2015
Melbourne, Australia

Call for Abstracts!

Oral Abstracts Submission Deadline: December 24, 2014
Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline: January 30, 2015

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About This Conference

Phosphate mining is one of the world’s largest mining industries in terms of value of production and annual tonnage. However, papers on phosphate mining and mineral processing are usually rare at most of the major mining as well as mineral processing conferences, both nationally and internationally.  Beneficiation of Phosphates has been established as the only conferences of international significance focusing on phosphate mineral processing.

Phosphate ore is not only the source of an essential nutrient (P) for plant growth, but it also contains substantial elements critical to developing green energy for the future. Uranium in phosphate deposits account for 88% of the unconventional U resources, while rare earth elements (REEs) in phosphate deposits represent hundreds of years of current world demand for these vital elements.  Beneficiation of Phosphates VII will devote at least two sessions to comprehensive recovery of P and other values from phosphate ore, such as U, REEs, F, Th, and I.

Phosphate mining and processing generate two major waste streams, waste clay and phosphogypsum, in huge quantity.  These wastes are becoming significant financial and environmental liabilities for the industry, and present a public perception problem as well.  Naturally, utilization and treatment of these wastes will be one of the focuses of this conference, with two sessions tentatively scheduled, one on waste reduction and another on waste utilization.  Other important issues to be discussed include flotation efficiency, dolomite separation techniques, on-line analysis and process control, novel processing techniques and machinery, and hydrometallurgical processes.

In summary, Beneficiation of Phosphates VII will cover the following topics:

  • Flotation and other physical separation techniques
  • New reagents development and testing
  • Beneficiation of carbonaceous phosphates
  • Processing of low-grade phosphates
  • Analysis and process control
  • Equipment and process development
  • Advances in phosphoric acid manufacturing
  • Recovery of rare earths from phosphate
  • Recovery of uranium, thorium and other values from phosphate
  • Phosphogypsum utilization
  • Sustainable development and the environment.

Conference Organization

Chair and Co-Chairs:

Dr. Patrick Zhang, Chair
Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute

Professor Jan Miller, Co-Chair
University of Utah, USA

Professor Laurindo Leal Filho, Co-Chair
University Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Abdelaâli Kossir, Co-Chair
OCP Group, Morocco

Mr. Ewan Wingate, Co-Chair
WorleyParsons Services Pty Ltd, Australia

Dr. Julian Hilton, Co-Chair
Aleff Group

Organizing Committee Members:
Tariq Alfariss, King Saudi University,
Salah Al-Thyabat, Al-Hussein BinTalal University, Jordan,
Ricardo de Lima Barreto, Vale Fertilizantes, Brazil,
Bruce Bodine, the Mosaic Company, USA,
Hassan El-Shall, University of Florida, USA,
Glenn Gruber, Jacobs Engineering Group, USA,
Hans Huckstedt, LL Namibia Phosphates, South Africa,
Chaucer Hwang, The Mosaic Company, USA,
Pieter Jacobs, Foskor, South Africa,
Andrew James,  Phosphate Australia Limited, Australia,
Jaisen Kohmuench, Eriez Magnetics, USA,
Tianxiang Li, Wengfu Group, China,
Hamid Mazouz, OCP Group, Morocco,
Wenyi Song, China Bluestar Lehigh Eng. Corp., China,
Jorgen Stenvold, Yara International ASA, Norway,

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of a proposed oral presentation or poster are invited.

Oral abstract deadline:      December 24, 2014
Poster abstract deadline:      January 30, 2015

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Bayview Eden Melbourne Hotel.  The hotel is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake & Golf Course and is close to all Melbourne has to offer. 

The Bayview Eden has an indoor heated swimming pool, billiards room,  and a rooftop health club including a sauna, spa & gymnasium. The first floor of the hotel is dedicated to conferences and events. There is a full service business center and broadband Internet access will complimentary in all guest rooms for attendees. Wifi is available in all public areas. Guestrooms also include individually controlled air conditioning & heating, clock radio, LCD TV, mini bar and fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.

Melbourne  Victoria’s capital, Melbourne (pronounced Mel-bun), is a cultural melting pot. For a start, more people of Greek descent live here than in any other city except Athens, Greece. Multitudes of Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Lebanese immigrants have all left their mark. Almost a third of Melbournians were born overseas or have parents who were born overseas.

The city’s roots can be traced back to the 1850s, when gold was found in the surrounding hills. British settlers took up residence and the city grew wealthy. It remained a conservative bastion until World War II, when another wave of immigration, mainly from southern Europe, made it a more relaxed place. Currently it has a population of more than 4 million.

With elegant tree-lined boulevards and a raging cafe culture, Victoria’s capital maintains a distinctly European feel. Expect wonderful architecture both old and new and green spaces like the Royal Botanic Gardens. Wander down atmospheric laneways, often adorned with street art. This cosmopolitan city is also Australia’s culture capital, with vibrant dining, shopping, and nightlife scenes.

Melbourne is on the Yarra River and stretches inland from Port Philip Bay, which lies to its south. On a map, you’ll see a distinct central oblong area surrounded by Flinders Street to the south, Latrobe Street to the north, Spring Street to the east, and Spencer Street to the west. Cutting north to south through its center are the two main shopping thoroughfares, Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street. Cross streets between these major thoroughfares include Bourke Street Mall, a pedestrian-only shopping promenade. If you continue south along Swanston Street and over the river, it turns into St. Kilda Road, which runs to the coast. Melbourne’s various urban “villages,” including South Yarra, Richmond, Carlton, and Fitzroy, surround the city center. The seaside suburb of St. Kilda is known for its diverse restaurants.

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Other Links

City of Melbourne homepage.   (Official travel website for international visitors to Melbourne)

Travel Information


If you are from a country other than Australia or New Zealand, you will need a visa and a valid passport or other acceptable travel document to enter Australia.

Citizens of many countries can apply for their visas online through the Australian government web site.

Melbourne International Airport

Most visitors will arrive at Melbourne Airport. The conference hotel is located 3km from Melbourne City and 20km from Melbourne Airport (about a 40-minute drive).

To view a map of the hotel’s location and surrounding area click HERE.

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General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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