About WMC

Inaugurated in 1958, the World Mining Congress (WMC) is the leading international forum for the global mining and resources sectors. For the past 60 years, WMC has been held triennially across the world. In 2021, this prestigious international event will be held in Australia for the first time. The World Mining Congress presents a unique opportunity for international representatives of the world’s leading resource economies to meet, find new partners, discuss current challenges, and share the latest research, technology and best practice.

WMC2021 program

The WMC2021 program looks to the future of mining and resources in a global context. Themes will be addressed in plenary and concurrent sessions, special interest group meetings, workshops and discussion panels. The focus is on active participation, giving attendees opportunities to present and participate in important discussions on the major current and future issues and challenges facing mining and resources across the globe.

Hosts

Australia’s internationally-renowned national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has partnered with Australia’s peak body for mining and resources professionals, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) to host the 26th World Mining Congress (WMC 2021) in Brisbane, Australia.

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research organisations in the world. CSIRO has 5,500 talented people working at more than 50 sites across Australia and internationally. The organisation is in the top 1% of global research institutions for 15 of 22 scientific discipline fields, and the top 0.1% for four fields including Geosciences and Environment & Ecology. World-renowned successes include WiFi, the Hendra vaccine and polymer banknotes.

CSIRO is a world leader in resource research, working in partnership with industry, government, OEMs, METS and universities in Australia and overseas, and delivers breakthrough innovation across the mining value chain, with a proud track record of industry innovation. Among CSIRO’s many inventions, our sensing and automation technologies have removed mine workers from hazardous areas and resulted in significant increases in productivity. Addressing industry’s greatest challenges, CSIRO’s research aims to benefit Australia and the world by growing the resource base, improving safety and productivity, and driving social and environmental performance through innovative science and technology.

For more than 125 years, AusIMM has been the peak body and trusted voice for all people working in the resources sector. AusIMM shapes careers, develops leaders and connects professionals. The organisation’s strength lies in its people, their commitment to the industry and our commitment to providing opportunities for them to lead and professionally develop in their chosen field. AusIMM represents a global community of 13,000 members in 100 countries working in all areas of mining, from management and technical roles through to consultants and suppliers.

AusIMM has a long history of producing industry leading technical and leadership conferences to thousands of resources professionals each year. Priding themselves on delivering events of the highest quality, AusIMM provides professionals in the resources industry with the opportunity to advance their professional development, increase their knowledge and competency and expand their industry networks. They do this for the benefit of members, ensuring they remain connected and continue to uphold high professional standards for the benefit of the community and the resources sector.

Why attend

If you seek to do business with the mining and resources sector anywhere in the world, attending WMC 2021 as a sponsor, exhibitor or delegate is an excellent investment in your future.

An important investment for your business

For over 60 years the World Mining Congress has served as the pre-eminent gathering of the global mining and resources industry. As the scene of numerous international agreements and high-level discussions that have influenced mining practices and the resource industry for decades, this is your opportunity to align your business with the people, decisions and investments of the future.

Industry discussions of global significance

The Congress will examine the world’s future economic and social dependence on resources. The big issues facing mining and resources will be addressed, including digital transformation, disruptive technologies, environmental sustainability and climate change. All this is in the context of rapidly growing demand for energy and minerals, as some 1.8 billion people are projected to join the global consuming class and global consumption nearly doubles, to US $64 trillion, from 2010 to 2025.

Lead the conversation

WMC 2021 represents an outstanding opportunity for all organisations seeking engagement with the mining and resources sector, anywhere in the world. Join senior mining industry owners, investors, national and international government representatives, researchers, educators, regulators, suppliers and operators from around the world in Brisbane, for this genuine opportunity to demonstrate real leadership and presence on a world stage.

Explore Australia’s world class mining operations, R&D, METS and Universities

Australia, WMC2021’s host country, is a major mining nation. Mining is part of the country’s DNA – past, present and future. Australia is home to cutting-edge mining sciences and technologies, world class research organisations and universities and world-leading mining education programs, and with a legacy of excellence, sets the benchmark for safety, environment, mining software and Mining Equipment, Equipment and Technology and Services (METS). With an abundance of high-quality minerals and energy resources, Australia is among the largest producers globally for every major mineral, from iron ore, coal and industrial minerals, base metals including copper and uranium, right through to gold, diamonds and rare earths.

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