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Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015

Date 28 October 2015
- 30 October 2015
Location Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth
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Location Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth

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AMI in association with the SAIMM are hosting the . . .

Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference

28–30 October 2015
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
North Campus Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth 

Through its Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI) the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) promotes research, development and innovation across the entire value chain of the advanced metals field.

The goal of this initiative is to achieve sustainable local mineral beneficiation and to increase the downstream valueaddition of advanced metals in a sustainable manner. The achievement of this is envisioned to be through human capital development on post-graduate and post-doctoral level, technology transfer, localization and ultimately, commercialisation.

The AMI is comprised of four networks, each focussing on a different group of metals. These are the Light Metals, Ferrous and Base Metals, Precious Metals and Nuclear Materials (zirconium, hafnium, thorium, tantalum, niobium and nuclear ceramic materials such as SiC, B4C, ZrN, ZrB2, ZrC, Si3N4, etc.).

The AMI Nuclear Materials 2015 Conference aims to bring together stakeholders from the mineral sector,academia, the nuclear industry and government in order to share and debate the latest trends, research and innovations,specifically in the field of nuclear materials, local mineral beneficiation and advanced manufacturing related to these materials.

Keynote speakers to be invited include international specialists in the field of nuclear materials and mineral beneficiation.

The event will kick off with a Student Seminar on 28 October 2015 covering the full scope of the four AMI Networks. A visit to the world class High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory and Mechanical Engineering Department of NMMU (eNtsa) will form part of the conference. An opportunity that cannot be missed!

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Available downloads:
Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015 - Registration Form (417,07 KB)
Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015 - Announcement & Preliminary Programme (1,47 MB)


Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact
Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Conference Committee

Conference Chairman
Dr. J.T. Nel          

Conference Committee
Dr. E. Snyders     
Mr. J.L. Havenga                      
Mr. A. Pienaar                 
Me. J. Pretorius                               
Mr. D. Kemp           
Mr. S. Lotter                   
Mr. L. Simpson                 
Me W. du Plessis     
Mr. R. van der Berg 

Who should attend

Stakeholders from private industry, science councils, academic institutions as well as the nuclear community at large are encouraged to attend.


All submitted papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in a special edition of the Journal of the South African Mining and Metallurgy.

Call for papers

Necsa, the host of the AMI Nuclear Metals 2015 Conference, is pleased to invite you to submit papers on the latest research and development related nuclear materials, Industry developments with application to zirconium, hafnium, thorium, monazite beneficiation, tantalum and niobium as well as nuclear ceramic materials are of special interest. Papers should deal with R&D and technologies in areas such as mineral beneficiation, primary metal production, advanced manufacturing and processing. Supporting competences, such as metallurgy, simulation and modelling, mechanical andchemical engineering, physical property characterisation, industrialisation and commercialisation could also be addressed.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:
Raymond van der Berg
Head of Confencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Key Dates

20 February 2015           Submission of abstracts

27 February 2015           Acceptance of abstracts

30 April 2015                 Submission of final paper

28 October 2015           Student Day, visit to HR-TEM and social function

29–30 October 2015      Conference

29 October 2015           Conference Dinner


Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923