IMPC 2020, Cape Town, South Africa, Cancelled

The Organizing Committee of the XXX International Mineral Processing Congress, scheduled to be held in Cape Town from 18 to 22 April 2021, have decided to cancel this conference as a face-to-face event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. IMPC 2020 was postponed by 6 months from the original dates of 18 to 22 October 2020 due to this pandemic. However, based on the current global situation, the Organizing Committee are of the view that Covid-19 will affect international conferences for the duration of 2021. The Organizing Committee would also not wish to expose delegates to any potential health risks. It is not possible to postpone IMPC 2020 any further as this impacts on IMPC 2022 to be held in Melbourne.

The International Mineral Processing Council, in discussion with the IMPC 2020 Organizing Committee, has made the following decisions to mitigate the effect of this cancellation. Firstly, the XXXIII International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2026) has been awarded to Cape Town and will run similarly to the way IMPC 2020 was originally planned. Secondly, IMPC 2020 will be officially recognized as the XXX International Mineral Processing Congress in the series which began in London in 1952. Papers that have successfully gone through the peer review process will be published in a set of formal IMPC Congress Proceedings. This will ensure that the authors of the over 500 papers submitted to IMPC 2020 will have their research recognized in an official set of IMPC 2020 Congress Proceedings.


The Organizing Committee of IMPC 2020 will be in contact with authors, sponsors and plenaries in the near future. We are extremely grateful to all those who have supported IMPC 2020 to date and sincerely regret the cancellation of this conference.
We look forward to seeing you at the XXXIII International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2026) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Yours Faithfully
Professor David Deglon
Chair: Organizing Committee IMPC 2020

IMPC 2020 Cape Town

IMPC 2020 is expected to gather over 1000 professionals and academics from the mining industry representing around 50 countries. Leading universities specializing in mineral processing, all major mining companies and global providers of services and technologies will attend the congress. The technical sessions will facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer of the most recent innovations in the area of mineral processing.

IMPC Congress History

The International Mineral Processing Congress has been in existence for more than sixty years. The very first congress was held in September 1952 in London. Subsequently, there have been 29 congresses in 17 different countries. The IMPC has been a major driving force for the promotion of scientific and technical knowledge. It is the most prestigious event in the field of mineral processing in the world today. The congress has been truly international with delegates from all parts of the world deliberating on issues facing the mining and minerals processing industry.

symbolismIMPC 2020 Theme & Symbolism

The congress theme is “Resilient futures for mineral processing”. Resilience reflects the ability of the mineral processing industry to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of a dramatically changing landscape. Key factors affecting the future of the industry include: increasing ore complexity and variability, automation and digitalization, economic and regulatory uncertainty, renewable energy, zero emissions, the growing challenge to obtain access to resources and mounting social pressures. The congress will explore what innovative technologies and practices will allow us to develop resilience as we move into the 22nd Century. The congress symbol is the great African rhinoceros, inspired by the golden Mapungubwe Rhinoceros*, which reflects the long history of mining in the Southern African region. Like these magnificent beasts, the mining industry is threatened on multiple fronts and active intervention is required to ensure its long-term viability.

* The Mapungubwe Rhinoceros is an artefact from the ancient Kingdom of Mapungubwe (1075-1220) located at the confluence of the Shashi and Limpopo rivers, bordering on Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Kingdom of Mapungubwe is sometimes called the lost city of gold as they traded in gold and ivory and were the earliest gold smiths in Africa.

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