North American Mine Ventilation Symposium

The North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, first held in 1982, provides a forum for practitioners, educators, and researchers to exchange the latest information in the ventilation of mines, tunnels, and other underground facilities. The Symposium shall be held every other year preferably at a host college or university with a mining curriculum.

Mining schools in the US, Canada and Mexico are eligible to bid on hosting the Symposium.


A Symposium Site Selection Subcommittee of the UVC shall be convened in the years the symposium is held immediately after the SME Annual Meeting. The Subcommittee shall consist of the six current officers of the UVC, and the past two Symposium Organizers. The Subcommittee will be Co-Chaired by the UVC Vice-Chairperson for Programs [position 2] and the Vice Chairperson for Program Planning [position 3]. Should any Subcommittee member, including either Co-Chairpersons, desire bidding for the Symposium, the subcommittee member will be disqualified from the selection committee. The UVC Chairperson shall have the option of designating a new Subcommittee member should a member not wish to serve on the committee, or should a member desire bidding for the Symposium. The UVC Chairperson will also designate a new Subcommittee Co-Chairperson should this be required. The Subcommittee Co-Chairpersons shall compose a bid sheet and mail it to each interested mining school. Details common to all bids will be noted on the bid sheet. Due date for return of the bids shall be no later than 60 days prior to the current Symposium start date. The school receiving the bid will be announced during the upcoming Symposium. The Sub-committee shall assist the successful bidder by providing mailing lists, coordinating with SME, and with other non-financial organizational details of the Symposium.

The following table provides a list of the locations for all North American Mine Ventilation Symposiums.

1982 University of Alabama - Howard L. Hartman
1985 University of Nevada, Reno - Pierre Mousset-Jones
1987 Pennsylvania State University - Jan Mutmansky
1989 University of California, Berkeley - Malcolm J. McPherson
1991 West Virginia University - W. J. Wang
1993 University of Utah - Ragula Bhaskar
1995 University of Kentucky - Andrzej Wala
1999* University of Missouri-Rolla - Jerry Tien
2002^ Queens University, Canada - Euler DeSouza
2004 University of Alaska Fairbanks - Sukumar Bandopadhyay
2006 Pennsylvania State University - Jan Mutmansky
2008 University of Nevada, Reno - Pierre Mousset-Jones
2010 Laurentian University - Stephen Hardcastle & Dale McKinnon
2012 University of Utah - University Guest House and Conference Center
2015 Virginia Tech University - Blacksburg, Virginia
2017 Colorado School of Mines - hosted by Jurgen Brune


*Missed 1997 because 6th International Mine Ventilation Congress was held in the U.S. 
*9th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium. First held outside the U.S.

Upcoming Events

17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium hosted by McGill University in conjunction with CIM Annual Convention.
May 6-9, 2019
Palais des Congress, Montreal

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