05—06 JuneAdelaide


The AusIMM International Uranium Conference 2018
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The premier annual event in the uranium industry in the world

About the conference


The premier annual uranium industry event in the world

In 2018, the premier annual event for the Uranium industry, the AusIMM International Uranium Conference will be in its 13th consecutive year.

The program boasts outstanding keynote speakers and highly experienced industry experts which has been the hallmark of this event. Topics covered will highlight all areas of the sector, including; exploration, development, production, processing, environmental, health and safety and regulatory aspects.

A highly technical conference with engaging speakers and plenty of opportunities to network. We are excited to once again be supported by the South Australian Government Department of the Premier and Cabinet, as our Leading Conference Partner.

Organising committee


Conference Chair

Mark Chalmers FAusIMM, Energy Fuels Resources

Committee Members

David Brunt FAusIMM, Brunt Investments
James Davidson FAusIMM, Inception Group
Damien Ewington MAusIMM(CP)
Janine Herzig FAusIMM(CP), AusIMM Board and MetVal Pty Ltd
Andrew Robertson MAusIMM, BHP
Greg Shirtliff MAusIMM, Toro Energy
Chris Sykes MAusIMM(CP), AusIMM Adelaide Branch Representative
Peter Waggitt FAusIMM(CP), NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources
Sam Walker MAusIMM, SA Department of Premier and Cabinet
Daniel Zavattiero, Minerals Council of Australia

Event Management

Suzie Chan, Senior Coordinator, Events
Claire Stuart, Coordinator, Publishing

Conference themes


Seeking abstracts on a broad range of topic areas including:

  • Geology and exploration
  • Mining, processing and transport
  • Market supply and demand
  • International projects
  • Health, safety and environment
  • Government and community relations


Conference fees are in quoted in Australian Dollars and include 10% Goods and Service (GST) Tax.

Register now

To qualify for the special 'Member' rate, you must be a financial (paid) member of The AusIMM. The AusIMM 2018 membership fees are due 1 January 2018. Non-member registration fees apply to all non-members.

Full Registrations Price
AusIMM Member $1320
AusIMM Member CP $1188
Author $1100
International Delegate $1320
Non-member $1870
New Professional Member – under 31 years $990
Student AusIMM Member* $220
Student Non-member* $330

*Students must be currently enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution to qualify for the discounted student rate. Proof of full-time status will be required.

Day Registrations Price
AusIMM Member $770
Non-Member $990
Networking Function Price
Conference Dinner $143

Registration Entitlements

Full Registration^

  •   Access to all conference technical sessions
  •   Lunch, morning and afternoon teas daily
  •   Conference name badge and satchel

Day Registration^

  •   Access to all conference technical sessions
  •   Lunch, morning and afternoon teas daily
  •   Conference name badge and satchel

^Excludes attendance to the Conference Dinner and additional tickets must be purchased to attend.


Only pre-registered, pre-paid registrants will be guaranteed access to the event. Upon receipt of your registration and payment, The AusIMM will send registration confirmation.

Registering On-site

On-site registrants, with payment only, will be admitted on space availability.

AusIMM Member Rate

To qualify for the special rates of ‘AusIMM member’ as quoted on the registration booking form you must be a financial (paid) member. AusIMM 2018 membership fees were due by 1 January 2018. Non-member registration fees apply to all non-members and non-financial AusIMM members.

Student Registration

A student must be currently enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution. Proof of full-time status must be submitted with the registration form.

Participant List

Please note that all registered delegates will have their name, position, company and email address printed in a participant list. Should you not wish to have your details distributed please notify Event Management as soon as possible.

Confirmation of Bookings

Symposium registrations will be acknowledged as they are received with payment in full. Receipts for registration payments will be attached to the confirmation letter. Please check the confirmation letter and advise of any alterations immediately.

If you wish to bring a spouse, friend or colleague to the event's networking functions, you will need to purchase an additional ticket for your guest(s). Please note that guest’s may participate in networking activities only and have no access to technical sessions.

Conference Dinner - $143

Terms and Conditions

Cancellations of registration must be by email only. Refunds will apply as follows:

  • More than 28 days before the conference – Full refund
  • 28 – 7 days before the conference – Refund (less $500 administration charge)
  • 7 days or less before the conference or non-attendance – No refund (no exceptions)

An organisation may send an alternative delegate if registration has been paid and the registered person is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, Event Management must be advised of the change prior to the symposium.

Waiver of Policy

The AusIMM, accepts no liability to any persons or body for any loss, injury or damage howsoever and whether directly from any action or cause whatsoever undertaken,


By attending this event I consent to my image being taken and used at the discretion of The AusIMM.

Privacy Statement

The AusIMM is a professional institute that relies on the use of personal information to provide support and services to members and to non-member stakeholders and customers of AusIMM services. We rely on comprehensive and accurate personal information about our members and about non-members who engage with AusIMM.
The main purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information are to provide services and benefits for our members and to maintain and extend our membership. We collect information from members and non-members so that we can provide services, manage our professional relationships, manage our business, comply with our legal obligations, communicate effectively and enhance the level of service being offered. At the time of registering for this event you have the option to indicate whether or not you agree to the AusIMM contacting you for promotion of future events, professional development opportunities and discount offers.

Payment must accompany all registrations. We accept the following credit cards:

  •   VISA
  •   MasterCard
  •   AMEX
  •   Diners Club

All enquiries regarding payments, please telephone +61 3 9658 6120.

Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Stamford Plaza Adelaide are pleased to offer all guests the following conference rates on the 4th to 6th July, inclusive. These rates plus rates on either side of this date will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

Premier City Room - $189.00 per room, per night, room only
Premier Park Room - $209.00 per room, per night, room only

To receive this negotiated rate, guests will need to Call Reservations and quote the code AUI040618 at the time of booking. Guests will also need to provide a valid credit card number in order to confirm their reservation. All bookings will have a 24 hour cancellation policy. To make a booking guests will need to contact our General Reservations department on the below details:

Phone: +61 8 8461 1111
Email: reservations@spa.stamford.com.au

Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide and ibis Styles Adelaide Grosvenor

Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide and ibis Styles Adelaide Grosvenor are pleased to offer all guests 10% discount off the best available rates at the time of booking using the below details and this link: BOOK NOW

Set location to: Adelaide
Company name: THE AUSIMM
Company code: SCP527901
Access code: TH382AU132

Phone: +61 8 8407 8888
Email: stay@mercuregrosvenorhotel.com.au



Michael Angwin

Mark Chalmers

President and CEO at Energy Fuels Resources Corporation, Denver, USA
Uranium Conference Chair 2018

Dr Ben Heard

Dr Ben Heard

Founder & Executive Director at Bright New World, University of Adelaide

Dr Allison Macfarlane

Dr Allison Macfarlane

Director, the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, George Washington University, Professor of Science Policy and International Affairs

Julian Tapp

Julian Tapp

Executive Director, Vimy Resources

Keynote Speakers

Michael Angwin

Michael Angwin

Associate, Hinton & Associates and Former Chief Executive Officer,
Australian Uranium Association

Michael Angwin has spent the last 30 years working at senior levels of Australian business and government. His career in business, public policy advocacy and public service has seen him leading and at the centre of debate about some of the most challenging economic and political issues the country has addressed: national labour market reform, employee relations and work practice change in the resources industry and the normalisation of the Australian uranium industry. He has been a close adviser to CEOs in Australia's largest, most successful and influential businesses and to senior Federal and State government ministers. Michael has been the leader of or a senior executive in large and small businesses with bottom line and fierce competitive challenges and in policy-rich advocacy and government environments. He has worked for Rio Tinto, the Business Council of Australia and, currently, Hintons.

He is the co-author of several books on industrial relations reform and has been a company director and a member of several government and university bodies. As the CEO of the Australian Uranium Association from 2006 to 2013, Michael wrote and spoke widely on uranium and nuclear development in Australia. He was a member of the Australian delegation to the IAEA's nuclear safety conference following the Fukushima accident and he chaired the Stewardship Working Group of the Federal Government's Uranium Council. He was a prolific contributor to radio and television discussion on uranium and nuclear issues and a frequent public debater, often in hostile environments.

He has written but has yet to find a publisher for his book, The Uranium Wave, which tells how the uranium industry rode the political wave of uranium reform from the mid-2000s. He will draw heavily on his book today.

Dr Geoff Currie

Dr Geoff Currie

PhD Associate Professor in Medical Radiation Science,
School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, Charles Sturt University

A/Prof Geoff Currie was appointed in Medical Radiation Science at Charles Sturt University in 2002. Geoff has a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy, Masters Degree in Medical Radiation Science (nuclear medicine), a Masters Degree in Applied Management (health), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Geoff has broad research and teaching interests across the nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and medical radiation sciences and, indeed, health generally with more than 135 peer reviewed journal papers, editor of 5 books, 140+ conference presentations and a reviewer for 25 international journals.

Geoff trained at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney starting in 1986 before relocating to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) for a senior appointment in 1990. After undertaking positron emission tomography (PET) training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he returned to RPAH to a senior role in Australia's first PET department. After this, Geoff entered the private arena where he established departments in Sydney and the Gold Coast before relocating to an established private company on the Central Coast of NSW. With several decades of clinical, management and research experience, a career in academia seemed logical and Geoff commenced his career at CSU in 2002. Geoff is also associate professor of nuclear medicine at Regis University in Boston, USA. Geoff is International Consulting Editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (USA) and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (Canada).

Dr Paul Heithersay

Dr Paul Heithersay

Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

As Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Heithersay leads the Minerals, Resources and Energy divisions. These divisions manage the State's mineral, gas, petroleum, energy, and investment sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.

Dr Andrea Marsland-Smith

Dr Andrea Marsland-Smith

MAusIMM, Manager Regulatory & Compliance, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd

Dr Andrea Marsland-Smith is the Regulatory & Compliance Manager at Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd in Adelaide. She has held various roles over almost 12 years with Heathgate including as Exploration Manager.

Andrea is a geologist with 23 years minerals industry experience with both Australian and international companies. In 2008 she was awarded the AMEC prospector of the year for the discovery of the Four Mile Uranium deposit and was the recipient in 2016 of the Exceptional Woman in South Australian Resources award.

Peter Woods

Peter Woods

Team Leader, Uranium Resources and Production, International Atomic Energy Agency

Peter Woods is currently the Team Leader of the Raw Materials and Resources subprogramme at the International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna, Austria. There he provides specialized knowledge and experience to IAEA’s uranium mining and milling programmes, including as a programme developer and implementer and as a technical expert and lecturer.

Daniel Zavattiero

Daniel Zavattiero

Executive Director, Uranium, Minerals Council of Australia

Mr Daniel Zavattiero was appointed as Executive Director - Uranium in October 2013 to manage uranium specific issues following the integration of the Australian Uranium Association into the Minerals Council of Australia.

Daniel has over 25 years management and marketing experience in the resource sector, spanning multiple commodities including iron ore, base metals and uranium in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands.

Mr Zavattiero has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate of Corporate Management from Deakin University.




Call for abstracts has closed

Online submission

Please note this conference is not calling for full papers, but abstracts only. Abstracts are subject to peer review and committee approval. All accepted abstracts will be published on the website and presented during conference technical sessions.

All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present their abstract.

View the AusIMM Guidelines for presenting authors

View the guide to writing an abstract

Key Dates

Deadline abstract submission: 20 March 2018
Notification to authors: 3 April 2018
Final abstract and copyright submission: 24 April 2018
Conference Dates: 05—06 June 2018

Review Process


Abstracts that are accepted by the conference organising committee will be subject to peer review. The selection criteria includes relevance to the conference themes, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

Author registration

Authors who submit abstracts are expected to present at the conference. To confirm an abstract's inclusion in the technical program of the conference, authors must ensure at least one author per abstract is registered and has paid the discounted author rate. Abstracts of authors who are not registered by the deadline will automatically be withdrawn from the program.

Author registration will be due Friday 27 April 2018.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of The AusIMM that if your final abstract is selected for the technical program at least one author of the abstract will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with full intention of presenting at the conference.

Abstracts of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the extended abstracts volume and program.

By submitting an abstract to this AusIMM conference you hereby agree to the following terms and conditions

  • Prior to submitting an abstract that contains information that relates to, or reports on, a particular company or organisation, the appropriate level of approval must have been granted.
  • Abstracts submitted are of original quality (not previously published).
  • Submissions of abstracts are loaded electronically via the conference Speakers’ Portal, with minimal formatting.
  • Extended abstracts submitted are in accordance with the Guide to Authors and should not exceed 1000 words (3 pages).
  • The abstract does not infringe on the copyright of any other third party and copyright for said abstract will be assigned to the AusIMM.
  • The abstract adheres to the guidelines as presented in the AusIMM Guide to Authors.
  • Authors with accepted final extended abstracts agree to register, pay and attend the conference. At least one author/presenter must be registered and paid by the nominated deadline in order for the extended abstract to be published and presented. Any extended abstract not registered and paid will be automatically removed from the extended abstract volume and program.
  • Late withdrawals of final extended abstracts will incur penalties if withdrawn by the author at any time following the final submission date:
    • Authors will incur a A$400 desktop publishing fee
    • The extended abstract will be removed from the extended abstract volume and technical program
    • In the instance the author is not available to present the extended abstract a suitable replacement may be found to present the extended abstract and pay the registration fee.

For further information, please contact:

Claire Stuart, Coordinator, Publishing
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6127
Email: cstuart@ausimm.com.au


The Uranium 2018 Organising Committee are pleased to offer the following conference tours. Delegates will visit world class mine sites otherwise not available.
Each tour is strictly limited, register today and don’t miss out!

Heathgate Resources – Beverley Uranium Mine Tour

Thursday 7 June 2018

Heathgate Resources ISR Mining Operations are located 530kms north of Adelaide, visitors will travel from Adelaide to the mine on a charter flight, the flight is approximately 1 ½ hours.

Participants will be taken on a guided tour of the ISR process from Wellfield, plant, to packing. In addition receive a presentation of the Frome Basin and related deposits. Morning tea and lunch will be served in the visitors centre.

Cost: A$990 per person
Numbers: Minimum 12 – Maximum 16
Includes: Charter flight, on-site transportation, on-site guide, morning tea and lunch.
Clothing: Participants to wear a long sleeved shirt, long trousers and steel cap boots. PPE gear will be supplied by Heathgate Resources.
Fitness: Requirement: Participants must be able to walk on uneven ground.
Luggage: Participants are encouraged to leave luggage at their hotel or at the airport. Carry-on luggage (up to 7 kg only) will be allowed if absolutely necessary.
Bookings: To register for this tour, please complete the appropriate section of the registration form.
Notes: All bookings are subject to site approval and attendance is at the discretion of the site. Final itineraries will be provided in the week prior to the tour.
Cancellation Policy: 30 – 7 days before the tour = 50% refund / 7 days or less before the tour or non-attendance = No refund (no exceptions). All cancellations will incur a $88 administration charge.


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Sponsorship Prospectus

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Benefits of sponsorship

Showcase your business at the conference and register your interest in sponsorship today.
Packages can be tailored to your organisation’s needs, and are an excellent way to maximise exposure to delegates in the lead up, duration and following the conference.

  • Associate your brand with an industry-leading event
  • Demonstrate your commitment and support
  • Make new contacts and network with potential customers
  • Build and enhance your brand awareness
  • Showcase your company and introduce your products/services
  • Promote your skills and abilities to the industry
  • Meet the leaders and decision makers in the sector
  • Learn how you can connect with this captive audience

Sponsorship opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors under the following categories, but not limited to:

  • Gold Conference App
  • Silver Conference Dinner
  • Bronze Conference Proceedings
  • Bronze Technical Session
  • Bronze Name Badges and Lanyards
  • Bronze Satchels
  • Conference Supporter
  • Note Pads and Pens


Need more information?

Our event staff are on hand to assist you.
Delegates, authors, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors contact us today.

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International Visitors

  Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia. The 'Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos' fact sheet outlines some visa options that may be applicable

For more information on visa application requirements, view the 'Visa Application Requirements' fact sheet.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the conference date. We strongly recommend that you apply at least two months prior to your intended date of departure. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations, so for all the latest information relating to obtaining an Australian visa, please visit: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email: conference@ausimm.com.au.

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Australia has health and character requirements which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

• For more information on health requirements, go to : http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal

• For more information on character requirements, go to: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit www.daff.gov.au for more information.

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.