The congress, whose first edition took place in 1952 in the United Kingdom and since then has been taken place periodically around the world, brought together over 1,000 delegates who participated in 493 technical presentations by authors from 38 countries.
“IMPC is the only congress which is truly international. It is the official forum where the whole mineral processing community from the entire world can come together. There is no other event like this”, said the President of the IMPC Council, Cyril O’Connor.
It was precisely this defining characteristic as an international event which attracted many delegates, since it was an outstanding opportunity to participate in presentations by authors from abroad and share experiences with foreign colleagues.
“The number of people that came to the event was outstanding, as we had over 1,000 participants present, and most of them from abroad. Everyone was well received and responded that this was one of the best events they have been to,” said the President of IMPC 2014, Professor Juan Yianatos.
The event had daily parallel sessions, which covered themes such as flotation, physical separation processes, water and tailings management, energy efficiency, control and process optimization, process geometallurgy and mineralogy, hydrometallurgy, concentrator plant operation and project development, urban mining, sustainability and mineral economics.
IMPC 2014 was organized by the Universidad de Chile, the Universidad de Concepción, the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chilean Council of Engineers, and Gecamin.
The XXVIII congress version in 2016 will be held in Québec, and the following IMPC congress will take place in 2018 in Moscow.