A peek into BR2018

We believe bauxite residue is a resource. A material that can be valorised, an opportunity. We are also aware that our current practice in some parts of the planet has to be revised. We need to change our modus operandi and become more aware and thoughtful on our footprint on Earth.

This letter is an invitation to this cause, a call to become part of the solution and contribute also ourselves to a more sustainable way of using our resources.

This letter is an invitation to the 2nd “Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices” conference that will take place in Athens, May 2018. We would be honoured if you would like to be part of it and help us collectively organise a conference that will be successful. Our goal is to attract a number of researchers around the world and promote the most realistic and scientifically sound solutions for bauxite residue. Ideas that are novel and exciting, in the framework of industrial symbiosis, which can exploit the potential of Bauxite Residue as a secondary resource.

This will be our conference. It will take place at Aegli Zappiou congress venue, in one of the world’s oldest cities, still dominated by 5th Century BC landmarks. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Amidst the charm of Athens, we will assemble all efforts for a cleaner future.

We will have a number of invited lectures but the floor will be given to all poster presenters for a short presentation as well. We will not have too many presenters as we need to get to know each other; coffee breaks and our meals are equally important. The conference dinner will take place in a magnificent setting, overlooking the Acropolis. Finally, the conference will close with an open discussion on the important findings, messages-to-take-home and further actions, whereas an award will be given to the best presentation.

Dear colleague, we have the motivation and willingness to organise a conference and take action in transforming bauxite residue into a valuable raw material…and we have the experience to do this professionally.

We look forward to your involvement in this journey!

Yiannis Pontikes,
On behalf of the organising committee