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11th World Sampling and Blending Announcement 12072023.pdf
Announcement Rand Refinery Technical Visit 13112023.pdf
Poster template and guidelines_formal -14112023.pdf
Sampling and Blending Short Course - Dr Christopher Robben 12072023.pdf
Sampling and Blending Short Course - Dr Simon Dominy 12072023.pdf
Sampling and Blending Short Course - Prof Kim H. Esbensen 12072023.pdf
Sampling and Blending Short Course Dr Rodolfo Romanach 12072023.pdf
Sampling and Blending Sponsorship Packages 20022023.pdf
Abstract deadline for Poster Submission 1 March 2024
The World Conference on Sampling and Blending (WCSB), to be held in South Africa, 21-23 May 2024, is the eleventh such conference to promote the Theory of Sampling (TOS). These conferences provide a meeting place for people interested in sampling theory, practice, experience, applications, and standards. The Conference will provide understanding and insights for academics, manufacturers, engineering firms and practitioners aiming to achieve representative sampling. TOS effectively identifies the source of sampling variability and provides valuable solutions for minimising each source of sampling uncertainty.
The aim of WCSB11 is to invite and encourage the diverse international sampling community to adopt and disseminate the concepts and ideas for a standardized approach to sampling embodied in the TOS. The Conference will also offer a forum for fruitful discussions between statisticians committed to ‘Measurement of Uncertainty’ (MU) and proponents of the TOS by offering a unifying foundation for development of better and more general standards. While the Theory of Sampling had its historical origins in the mining industry, today it also applies to sampling of a broad range of bulk materials, minerals, agricultural raw materials and products, the food, feed, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as sampling for environmental applications. WCSB11 is an event of global significance that aims to improve sampling practices in all sectors of science, technology, and industry, for consultants, managers, sampling and quality control staff, researchers, engineers, and manufacturers operating in many industries, The opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and share practical experiences will be a significant benefit for attendees.
The proceedings of the Conference will be published in electronic format with a strict adherence to an editorial and peer review policy that will allow academics to attract the publication subsidy for published academic research. Adherence to these standards will enable the wider dissemination of the TOS in international scientific, technological, and industrial sectors. WCSBs have helped to promote the teaching of TOS at universities, with postgraduate courses in TOS being taught in some countries. Pierre Gy Gold Medals are awarded at each WCSB conference to individuals who have been most effective and successful around the world in disseminating and promoting TOS. This achievement will again be celebrated at WCSB11. These medallists are a unified body of champions capable of teaching, promoting, and researching aspects of sampling theory and practice, supporting the efforts of original equipment manufacturers to uphold TOS rules of sample representativeness. WCSB conferences aim to develop a unified vision for specific quality control protocols for sampling and blending activities, with participation and collaboration of industry professionals.
The theme of sustainable science, technology, and industry introduced at WCSB10 is upheld, with emphasis on the UN World Development Goals number 9 and 12, addressing sustainable industry, innovation, and infrastructure, and responsible production and consumption. Topics around societal, industrial, and environmental aspects of particulate sampling in mining, minerals processing, metals, cement, food and feed, agriculture and aquaculture, and pharmaceuticals may be addressed. An emphasis on the TOS, blending, sampling design and its role in metrology, estimation of sampling characteristics and heterogeneity studies, sampling and its effect on exploration, geostatistical studies, and grade control, sampling for feasibility studies and process control, practical applications for analysis and treatment of precious metals, and new technologies are anticipated. Sampling for environmental contamination studies and sustainability are also included. We encourage attendees and authors to contribute to sustainable industries.
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: Camielah Jardine, Head of Conferences, email@example.com
The following are important dates for the submission of abstracts, acceptance of abstracts, submission of papers, the peer review process, and submission of final papers for the proceedings of the WCSB11 conference. Authors wishing to present papers at WCSB11 are invited to:
Papers accepted for the conference will be subject to peer review and the date for final paper submission is 18th December 2023. Papers will be published as proceedings of WCSB11 in the convenient and readily available electronic format, to be distributed in Dropbox with a link provided to delegates 2-3 days before the conference.
The following short courses will take place on 20 May 2024.
Rodolfo J Romañach
Professor of Chemistry University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Dr. Romañach is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus. He is also Chair of the Faculty of NIPTE (The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE.org).
Dr. Romañach is focused on developing analytical methods capable of monitoring manufacturing processes in situ as they occur and providing this information to engineers for process optimization. His goal is to embed Quality Control in the production environment to provide real time measurements that may be used to control and improve a process. This systematic approach has been called Process Analytical Technology (PAT).
Dr. Romañach has studied the Theory of Sampling and adapted its principles to pharmaceutical processes, recognizing that Quality Control depends on how samples are obtained from a process. He seeks to develop sampling procedures where all parts of a lot or batch have the same opportunity of being selected as a sample.
He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years before joining the Chemistry Department at the Mayagüez campus in 1999.
Programme Manager, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Claudia Paoletti did her Master in Biological Science at the University of Rome (Italy) and her Ph.D. in Plant Genetics at the University of Connecticut, USA. She was for three years postdoctoral researcher at Dalhousie University (Canada) studying plant population genetics and biometry. She continued her activity at the Research Institute for Industrial Crops in Bologna (Italy) where she focused on the evaluation of the risks of transgenic crops. In January 2006 she joined the GMO Unit of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) first as Team Leader and then as Deputy Head of the Unit. In 2019 she was appointed manager of the program designed to reorganize all EFSA processes in preparation of the new European Law on food safety that came into force in March 2021. Currently she manages the EFSA programme designed to innovate risk assessment methodologies in all sectors of food and feed safety within the Authority remit. She has been the Italian expert for the definition of the European Commission sampling standard for GMO detection in conventional seeds. She was the technical expert responsible for the definition of the EU grain standard sampling procedures that resulted in EU Rec. 787/2004, in support to EC Reg. 1830/2003. She coordinated the European sampling research projects KeLDA to assess the contaminations of large soybean kernel lots coming into the EU, and she has been the biometric officer of the EU Community Reference Laboratory for GMOs. She chaired the European Network of GMOs Laboratories (ENGL) Sampling Working Group established by EU MSs to develop reliable and sustainable methodologies to collect representative data for decisions on regulated food/feed products. She is expert consultant for ISO/IWA committees, OECD, CEN, the European Commission and FAO. She organised international training courses on food/feed safety for the European Commission, UNIDO, PHARE project and universities within and outside Europe. Since 2019 she is member of Georgofili Academia. She has over 90 contributions either as book chapters, or as peer-reviewed papers.
Ana Carolina Chieregati
Professor, University of Sao Paulo
Ana Carolina is a Mining Engineer, has a MSc and PhD in Mineral Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo and a post-doctorate in sampling from the University of Aalborg, Denmark. Since 2002 she is a professor of the Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering of the University of Sao Paulo and responsible for the disciplines of Mineral Exploration, Sampling, Quality Control and Reconciliation. With 18 years of experience in sampling and reconciliation, she has taught in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Australia, published several technical papers and book chapters, and participated in several projects in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Honduras, EUA, Mexico, and Mongolia, related to mine reconciliation and the optimization of sampling procedures in gold, iron, zinc, copper, lead, nickel, niobium, phosphate, tin, vanadium, rare earths, and bauxite mines.
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE WCSB11
This committee is responsible for vetting and reviewing both the Abstracts and the Papers submitted for WSCB11.
The Committee shall include:
Ana Carolina Chieregati
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South Africa is generally busiest during the summer months of November - March. Local summer school holidays fall during December and January and at this time local seaside resorts are particularly busy with families and children. Other busy holiday periods are over Easter and during the local June/July school holiday period. For visitors preferring a cooler temperature, fewer tourists and less crowds in general its worth considering visiting in the off-peak months of April/May or September/October You may also be able to take advantage of seasonal discounts at these times.
Seasons & weather
The seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are directly opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is generally mid-October to mid-February, Autumn is February to April, Winter is May to July and Spring falls between August and October.
Summers are generally hot and lightweight clothing is advisable although evenings can be cool. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are a must and remember that sunburn can occur even in overcast weather. In the interior afternoon showers are common during the summer months, while in Cape Town four seasons can be experienced in one day so it is best to be prepared. The winter months are cold, particularly in the interior - warm clothing and raincoats are required.
Getting to South Africa
Johannesburg International Airport is the major international airport in South Africa receiving flights from all five continents. There are also direct international flights to Cape Town International. Flights from the UK and Europe are usually overnight with a flight from London to Johannesburg or Cape Town taking approximately 12-hours. Direct flights between the USA and Johannesburg are approximately 15-hours. South Africa has an excellent network of domestic carriers offering flights to all major city centres throughout South Africa. A flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town is 2-hours.
Travelling around South Africa
South Africa is a vast country and areas of interest are widespread. It is often best to consider combining both flying and driving to make the most of your time. As a rule, public transport is not reliable and it is advisable to hire a car to get around cities and attractions. If you would rather not drive long distances, consider one of the local bus companies such as Intercape or Greyhound - tickets can be booked at Computicket. The Baz Bus is an affordable hop-on-hop-off option for backpackers. Alternatively, join an organised tour to suit your interests and your schedule.
South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year. It is therefore an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and seven hours behind Australian Central Time.
Passports & visas
Travelling to South Africa is fairly easy and hassle-free. All foreign nationals must be in possession of a valid passport - and in some instances a visa is required. Travellers from Europe, most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Scandinavia and Japan do not need to apply for a visa for vacation purposes. A free entry permit for a period of up to 90-days will be issued on arrival. For visitors wishing to stay longer, an official visa needs to be applied for.
Value-added-tax (VAT) is charged on most items. Foreign tourists to South Africa can have their 15% VAT refunded provided that the value of the items purchased exceeds R250.00. VAT is refunded at the point of departure and receipts from purchases must be kept and produced.
Currency & banks
The South African currency unit is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R. One hundred cents makes up one R1 (one Rand). Currently the Rand is weaker than many European currencies as well as the dollar, making travelling to South Africa affordable by international standards. Visitors will more than likely find eating out and shopping particularly affordable and of an excellent quality. Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change. Credit cards are widely accepted including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9:00-15:30 and on Saturdays from 8:30 - 11:00.
Post Offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:30-16:30 and on Saturdays from 8:00 -12:00.
Most major shopping centres and malls are open 7 days a week from 09:00 to 17:00. In some cases, Sunday shopping hours are from 09:00 - 14:00 and in some smaller towns shops are closed on a Sunday.
Petrol or gas stations are widespread throughout South Africa and many are open 24-hours. However, if you are planning a long distance trip through a remote area, ensure that your tank is full to avoid running low. A petrol attendant will fill your tank for you and will often wash your windscreen. Petrol stations do not accept credit cards and petrol must be paid for in cash or with a local petrol card.
As a rule South African restaurants do not include a service charge in the total bill. It is customary to leave a 10% tip for good service, or more for excellent service. At petrol station, petrol attendants will fill your tank for you and will offer to wash your windscreen - a tip of whatever small change you have available is appreciated (R1 or R2). In many areas parking attendants will offer to assist you in parking your car and watching over it while you are away - again, a tip of R2 or so is appreciated.
A valid driver's permit is required to rent a car in South Africa and all drivers must carry a valid driver's licence at all times of driving. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory and driving while talking on a mobile phone is illegal - a hands free kit must be used. Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited and strict fines apply. The permissible limit for alcohol consumption is about one glass of wine for the average woman and perhaps 1.5 or two for the average or large man. Speed limits are 120kmph on the open road, 100kmph on smaller roads and between 60 and 80kmph in towns and residential areas. Road signs will indicate the speed limit. Speeding is strictly enforced with cameras and fines are high. Bear in mind the following language differences in South Africa - South Africans put petrol in their cars, not gasoline. Trunks are referred to as boots, while hoods are called bonnets.
South Africa has an excellent infrastructure of good quality roads, however the country is large and travelling distances can be long. If you are planning a self-drive holiday, make sure that you allow yourself ample time to reach destinations and make provisions for stop-overs en-route. One of the biggest causes of road accidents on long-distances is fatigue and loss of concentration.
In general, try to avoid driving in unfamiliar areas after dark and in rural areas be aware of cattle or other animals such as buck wandering into the road. Do not stop in remote areas after dark and always park in well-lit, designated parking areas.
Health & medical care
South Africa has excellent health services and doctors with some of the best training in the world. There are adequate hospitals and medical care facilities throughout the country. However, visitors should ensure that they have sufficient funds or medical insurance to cover the fees of private facilities.
As a rule, the tap water in South Africa is safe to drink as all water has been treated. Hygiene and food preparation are of excellent standards and fresh fruit and vegetables are safe to eat.
Malaria is found only in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Malaria is at low risk in the winter months. It is only possible to contract malaria by being bitten by an infected mosquito - however, when visiting these areas it is advisable to take the necessary safety and medical precautions. Use mosquito nets and an insect repellent to avoid being bitten. In addition, medication can be taken and should be taken according to the instructions given. Medication should be taken starting two weeks before entering the malaria zone and for four weeks after leaving the area. Consult with your doctor beforehand and note that malaria medication should not be taken during pregnancy.
No vaccinations are required when visiting South Africa and immunisation against cholera and small pox are not required. However, if you are entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone, you must be in possession of a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Infants under the age of one year are exempt.
As in any foreign country, visitors are advised to be aware and alert when travelling to avoid falling prey to petty theft and crime. Most areas and attractions of South Africa can be safely visited. However, use common sense, be discreet with expensive camera equipment and jewellery and be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking in deserted areas after dark and when driving, always park in a well-lit and designated parking area. In you have any doubts, speak to your hosts and ask for their advice on potential areas to avoid.
This is an area in which South Africa needs to improve on. Generally speaking many accommodation providers have wheelchair ramps and bathroom facilities for the disabled. Most public buildings cater for wheelchair access and most sports stadiums have areas accessible to wheelchairs. National parks usually have at least one wheelchair accessible chalet or room.
South Africa's electricity supply: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz
Exceptions: Pretoria (230 V) and Port Elizabeth (200/250 V)
Most plugs have three round pins but some plugs with two smaller pins are also found on appliances. Adaptors can be purchased but may be in short supply. US-made appliances may need a transformer.
South Africa has 11 official languages one of them being English. The majority of the population is able to speak and understand English even if it is not their first language. South Africans use a lot of local 'slang' - some of those you are more than likely to come into contact with are listed below:
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The following short courses will take place on 20 May 2024.
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