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Event date and time

Saturday 19 Nov 2022
8.30am to 5.00pm AWST


Online virtual event
Login details will be emailed to registrants

Course outline:


Arrival tea/coffee


Lecture 1: Fundamentals and applications of bioleaching and biotechnical pre-treatment of ores


Morning tea/coffee break


Lecture 2: Biotechnical value extraction and recovery from mining, metallurgical and post-consumer wastes


Lunch break


Lecture 3: Fundamentals and applications of biotechnical mine and process water treatment


Afternoon tea/coffee break


Lecture 4: Application of omics, microscopy and synchrotron techniques in biomining


End of day

Time zone: Please note that the times in the course outline are shown in Australian Western Standard Time


Denis Shiers: Dr Denis Shiers is a Team Leader within the Processing Program of CSIRO Mineral Resources, responsible for leading multiple industry sponsored projects that support the mining and emerging battery industry. He has expertise in the hydrometallurgical processing of ores and concentrates, with a particular focus on fundamental and industrial investigations of low-grade copper sulfide ore processing. He also has experience in solvent extraction, geochemical modelling and pilot scale operations, having worked with copper, nickel, zinc and uranium commodities.

Naomi Boxall: Dr Naomi Boxall is a research scientist at CSIRO with more than ten years’ experience in mining, waste treatment and resource recovery from strategic wastes such as electronic, mine and industrial wastes. Her areas of expertise are industrial and environmental biotechnology, circular economy, resource recovery and waste innovation, along with process design, development and optimisation, and techno-economic assessment.

Anna Kaksonen: Dr Anna Kaksonen leads the Industrial Biotechnology Group in the Industry Environments Program of CSIRO Land and Water. With her Group she develops biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications in the mining, energy, water supply, waste and wastewater treatment industries. Research topics of special interest have included: mining biotechnology (e.g. bioleaching, biooxidation, bioprecipitation, bioflotation), bioenergy, bioremediation of contaminated sites, waste/wastewater treatment and resource recovery, circular economy and mitigation of microbially caused problems such as biofouling, bioclogging and biocorrosion. She has also applied molecular and culture-based detection and monitoring approaches to microbial communities in natural and engineered environments, and isolated and described novel microorganisms.

Ka Yu Cheng: Dr Ka Yu Cheng is a Senior Research Scientist in the Industry Environment Program of CSIRO Land & Water. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Phil. Degrees (Environmental Science) in Hong Kong. He joined CSIRO in 2010 after completed his PhD at Murdoch University developing biotechnical processes for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research has led to >70 international journal publications (H-index 24), three patent applications and a water technology innovation award in 2008. Currently, he develops processes for contaminant degradation, and the treatment of mining and other wastes streams driving towards circular economy and the sustainability of industries.

Elizabeth Watkin: Dr Elizabeth Watkin is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Microbiology at Curtin University. She obtained her PhD from Murdoch University in 1999 and completed Postdoctoral Research Fellowships with CSIRO-Plant Industry and the Centre for Rhizobium Studies, Murdoch University. She commenced her current academic appointment at Curtin University in 2002. The overarching theme of her research is the microbial ecology of environmental systems and covers the fields of mining biotechnology and mineral resource recovery. She has industry contacts with a number of mining companies and has a long-term collaboration with CSIRO-Land and Water and CSIRO-Mineral Resources.

Miao Chen: Professor Miao Chen joined CSIRO as a CSIRO Office of the Chief (OCE) Science Leader in 2007. She leads a multidisciplinary team to develop robust chemical sensors for in situ monitoring of mineral processing and mining site environments. She has also developed a keen interest in low grade ore leaching processing. She has published 175 peer-reviewed journal papers and 23 patents. Her current research interests are:

  • Chemical sensing technology for industrial and environmental application.
  • In situ characterization of surface and interfacial reactions, including Synchrotron techniques to analyse the chemical species during mineral processing.
  • Resource recovery from complex and low-grade ore, e-waste and environmental remediation.


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Dates and Times

Event date: Nov 2022

Saturday 19 Nov 2022

Online virtual event

8.30am to 5.00pm AWST

Login details will be emailed to registrants

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Registration fees are quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD) and inclusive of Goods and Service Tax (GST) for delegates attending the Course in Australia. Full registration payment is to be received prior to attending the Course unless alternate arrangements are in place. You will receive a registration confirmation via e-mail after your registration is complete.

Course fees and entitlements:

Face-to-face registration: AU$150 (maximum number of participants is 36; registration available until 30th September 2022 as long as maximum number of participants has not been reached)

  • Face-to-face admission to the course lectures 19 November 2022
  • Morning and afternoon teas and lunch 19 November 2022 (Every care will be taken to accommodate food allergies and intolerances; however, the Venue cannot guarantee that food allergens will not be transferred through accidental cross-contact).

Virtual registration: AU$100 (no maximum number of participants; registrations available until 15th November 2022)

  • Access to course lectures in real time via Webex 19 November 2022

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