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2014 Critical Minerals Conference Author Information  


August 3-5, 2014
Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, CO



Call For Papers


ATTENTION AUTHORS:  the first page you will see in the abstract submission process is a copyright release form. 
Once you have completed and submitted it, you will be automatically directed to the abstract input site.

Preliminary Abstract Submission


The Critical Minerals Organizing Committee has issued a Call for Papers.
Prospective Authors should submit online at: by January 24, 2014.


 Suggested TOPICS include:  Deadlines will be as follows:
  •  National Critical Material Strategies
  •  Rare Earth Projects, Process Technologies, and Markets
  •  By-products of Copper, Lead, Nickel, and Zinc
  •  Emerging Critical Minerals
  •  Finance
  •  Value Added markets
 January 24, 2014 Abstracts Due from Call for Papers
 February 7, 2014 Authors Notified of Acceptance or Otherwise 
 February 28, 2014 Final Abstracts Due


Prospective Authors should submit online at: by January 24, 2014.





Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Critical Minerals 2014 organizing committee, I invite you to submit an abstract for Critical Minerals 2014, a conference hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc. (SME) in partnership with AusIMM, August 3-5, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, USA. The theme is Rare Earths and Beyond: Mines, Markets, and Manufacturing. This conference follows the successful Critical Minerals 2013 in Perth, Western Australia.

The run-up of rare-earth prices in 2010-2011 focused attention on supply-chain risks for these elements. Markets responded to these price increases, but supply-chain risks for rare earths remain despite the fall in prices since 2012. Perhaps more significantly, the recent experience with rare earths highlights that supply-chain risks go beyond rare earths and include other elements with important uses in emerging energy, electronic, transportation, defense and other technologies. Many of the candidates for designation as ‘critical’ are by-products of copper, lead, nickel and zinc production.

Critical Minerals 2014 will focus both on rare earths and other critical minerals. It will evaluate where rare-earth markets are today, as well as identify and consider other elements and minerals that are or may become critical. The program will commence with overviews of those minerals considered critical and updates on national critical-materials strategies. The technical program will include presentations on specific markets and projects by leading geologists, mining engineers, metallurgists, financiers and developers. Critical Minerals 2014 presents an important opportunity to hear the first-hand experiences of a dynamic industry that is changing the global perception of sustainable supply from mine to showroom. Submit an abstract now to ensure that you are better equipped to successfully manage the issues we face with respect to critical minerals.


Roderick Eggert, Critical Minerals 2014 Chair

Professor, Colorado School of Mines

Deputy Director, Critical Materials Institute

(an Energy Innovation Hub of the US Department of Energy)





Tara Davis
Membership & Marketing Manager


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