Welcome

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 12th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD) 2021, in Brisbane Australia.

For more than three decades, ICARD has been the major international forum for sharing technical solutions for the prediction and prevention of ARD, and for communicating the evolution of leading practice management strategies. ICARD provides the platform for the mining industry, consultants, researchers, technology developers and suppliers, regulators, community and NGOs to communicate their perspectives on this important topic.

This 12th ICARD will be a timely opportunity to reflect on the last three decades of progress, and to discuss practical pathways towards sustainable management of acid rock drainage (ARD) in this new century.

The Conference will explore how new knowledge and capabilities impact on managing ARD. For example, advances in data acquisition and analysis are increasing predictive capability, while mine planning allows for increased separation and management of acid-producing material through the life of mine. At the same time, more robust business case analyses are focussing on the realistic long-term costs of ARD for industry, government and society, and policy and legislation is setting new benchmarks and making mine closure even more challenging.

The theme of ICARD 2021 “Proactive measures and lasting outcomes” reflects that the sooner work starts on implementing a well-designed, effective ARD control strategy the more likely it is that that there will be sustainable benefits. While the operational life of most mines is usually measured in years or decades, the effective life of control strategies and remediation works have to be measured in centuries.

The 12th ICARD aims to address the above issues in a holistic and multidisciplinary program, building on the wealth of knowledge and experience in the management of ARD, or acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD), as it is known in Australia.

So please save the dates of 19 - 23 September 2021 in your calendar.

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we encourage our global colleagues to join us to participate and experience our unique Australian hospitality.

Associate Professor Mansour Edraki

ICARD 2021 Conference Chair