World Mining Congress makes its debut Down Under in Brisbane

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BHP CEO Mike Henry at the opening address for the World Mining Congress.

The World Mining Congress has come to Australia for the first time in its history, with more than 3,500 participants from 70 countries gathering in Brisbane.

Held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the congress brought together a line-up of government, corporates, researchers, educators and suppliers to discuss how the mining industry will work towards net zero.

Congress chair Dr Hua Guo acknowledged Australia’s strong position in mining at the opening today, saying “it’s about time you got here.”

The mining sector has courted controversy recently, with BHP CEO Mike Henry saying in the opening plenary this is “a pivotal time for the mining industry”.

ICMS Australasia has been embedded into the organising committee since Brisbane won the bid in 2016, helping to deliver this benchmark event.

The event’s management is highly complex involving security, stakeholder management, 13 concurrent sessions, satellite meetings, a huge exhibition component and accredited media. At one point more than 500 emails per hour were being received by the ICMSA Secretariat.

“This is what we live for, guiding clients to produce congresses that lead to impactful changes in society,” said ICMSA managing director Emma Bowyer.

“Working collaboratively at such a high level with this client has been a major factor enabling us to deliver this event.”