48th International October Conference
on Mining and Metallurgy
From 28th September to 01st October 2016 the annual 48th International October Conference was held in hotel Albo, Bor, organized by University of Belgrade, Technical Faculty in Bor under the Chair Person of prof. Nada Štrbac. The co-organizer of the Conference was Institute for mining and metallurgy Bor.
Accompanying publication the Conference Proceedings volume edited by prof. Nada Štrbac and prof. Dragana Zivkovic was published by the University of Belgrade, Technical Faculty in Bor in 517 pages (hard cover, 17 x 24 cm, ISBN 978-86-6305-047-1). It includes 121 papers of 361 authors from 16 countries - Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatian, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mexico, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia.
The interest in the conference was, even in these difficult economic times for the mining and metallurgy industry, at a very high level. The Conference was attended by more than 120 participants, who presented a total number of 25 oral reports and 55 posters. Four plenary lectures were given during the conference by eminent professors: Prof. Nobuyuki Masuda (Akita University, Japan), prof. Bostjan Markoli (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Slovenia), prof. Dragan Zivkovic (University of Belgrade Technical Faculty in Bor, Serbia) and prof. Tomas Havlik (Faculty of Metallurgy, Technical University in Kosice, Slovakia), as well as 2 section lectures.
On this occasion, we would like to thank all the authors who contributed with their attendance to this Conference. First of all, we wish to acknowledge the participation of a large number of prominent foreign scholars from the following institutions: Faculty of Metallurgy, Technical University of Košice (Slovakia); Akita University (Japan); Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (Slovenia); University of Zenica, Faculty of Metallurgy and Material Science (B&H); University of Zagreb, Faculty of Metallurgy (Croatia); Slovenian Foundrymen Society (Slovenia); University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (Croatia); University of Montenegro, Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology (Montenegro); University of Food Technology (Bulgaria); U.S. Geological Survey (USA) and representatives of industry from the following institutions: Fugro (Austria); Scan doo (Slovenia); Messer group (Austria); Cerueuse (B&H). We also extend our sincere appreciation to the participants and authors from a large number of eminent domestic institutions: University of Belgrade, Technical Faculty in Bor; Institute for Mining and Metallurgy; RTB Bor Group – TIR doo; Municipality Bor; Rakita Exploration d.o.o Bor; Global doo Beograd; Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Priština; University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences; Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Mineral Raw Materials; Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy; Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences; University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering; University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology; Anthracite mine Vrška Čuka, Avramica; Student Center Bor; Zastava arms Kragujevac; IHIS techno-experts. The diverse geographical and professional backgrounds of the Conference participants (university scholars, researchers, representatives of industry) has significantly contributed to vibrant scientific discussion on the envisaged topic.
The program included a banquet with Vlachs' folk dances and two study tours for the participants to the Copper smelter and refinery Bor and cafe Jama – authentic underground tourist attraction.
This conference was included in the training program of continuous (permanent) professional development of members of Serbian Chamber of Engineers in the field of the European Programme for 2016. Participation at lectures was assessed with 5 points for those members of Serbian Chamber of Engineers who have paid conference fee.
Organization of the Conference was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia. Company Fugro (Austria) participated as a silver donor and exhibitor while company Scan doo (Slovenia) was an exhibitor. Organization was also supported by RTB Bor Group, Copper smelter and refinery Bor (TIR Bor), Copper mines Bor (RBB Bor), Pometon TIR Bor, Municipality Bor, D.O.O. Martenzit Bor, Jewelry Magdalena Serbia, Doncafe Group – Strauss Adriatic, Heineken Serbia, Wine vault Ilic Recka as friends of the Conference.
In the frame of the Conference, the 3rd International Student Conference was organized. Published Book of Abstracts (ISBN 978-86-6305-048-8) has include 28 students report from 7 countries – Russia, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.