Students join the line-up of over 300 delegates

University of Otago geology students will have the opportunity to meet with minerals sector professionals, at the upcoming Minerals Forum.


The AusIMM New Zealand hosted programme, sponsored by Bathurst Resources, will accommodate eleven students. In addition, student supervisor, Dr James Scott, senior lecturer in the department of geology, will attend.


“The programme will focus on educating students about the New Zealand mining sector, and also help them develop important networking skills,” programme organiser Isabella Hammond said.


“It will also be a great opportunity for other Minerals Forum delegates to speak with the students.”


“Being a recent graduate myself, I understand how important exposure to industry is. I am sure the students will take a lot out of the events.”


Over the course of the two-day Forum, industry professionals will present to the students. Now-confirmed presenters include: Dean Fergusson (branch chair, AusIMM New Zealand); Hamish McLauchlan and Damian Spring (Bathurst Resources); Rob Smillie (Earth and resources manager, GNS Science); and Campbell McKenzie (Business development manager, RSC Mining & Minerals).


“A number of the presenters have backgrounds in studying geology,” Hammond said.


“It will show the students what they too can achieve, from their own geology degrees: real-life examples of what a career in minerals can look like post-tertiary studies.”


Hammond also said the students will address the Forum, at a session on 28 May.


In this, class representatives will provide an explanation of what they are studying, and their expectations from the mining sector.


Recent programme update


Confirmed this week is Professor Susan Krumdieck, from the University of Canterbury.


Her presentation, entitled ‘meeting the climate challenge’, will focus on what mining in the future may look like.


She asks the question, “minerals will always be essential, but why should they always be cheap?”


The argument here being, the minerals extraction industry will likely “produce vastly lower quantities, with excellent working conditions, high skills and high wages”, resulting in more expensive minerals.


“Engineering that transition is an interesting prospect,” she says.


Krumdieck’s specialist area of academia is energy transition engineering. She is “interested in new tools needed to change existing systems to rapidly shift away from fossil fuels”.


From her previous research, she has developed the Interdisciplinary Transition Management Engineering Methodology, and led an international group in the emerging field.


Krumdieck’s presentation will be held on day one of the Minerals Forum, in the afternoon.