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

The 12th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD) will be a timely opportunity to reflect on the last two 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 the practical aspects of 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 real 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 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

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Mark your diaries with the key dates

Short Courses                                        19 – 20 September 2021

Conference                                             20 – 23 September 2021

Field Tours                                              24 – 26 September 2021

Call for Abstracts                                   Open April 2020

Abstract Submission                             25 September 2020

Notification to Authors                          14 December 2020

Draft Manuscript due                             31 March 2021

Final Manuscript due                             30 June 2021

Conference Topics

♦ Mine Planning
♦ Characterisation, Classification, Prediction
♦ Scaling from laboratory to field
Designing, managing and closing mine waste facilities
♦ Climate change effects
♦ Pit walls and pit lakes
♦ Underground mines
♦ Remediating legacy sites
♦ Active and Passive treatment
♦ Geomicrobiology
♦ Instrumentation, Monitoring, Data Management
♦ Modelling
♦ Corporate governance and social licence
♦ Regulatory policy
♦ The economics of ARD management
♦ Community perspectives


ICARD 2021 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is a world-class purpose-built congress venue, renowned for its operational and service excellence. The Centre is located in a unique urban cultural and entertainment precinct in the heart of Brisbane known as Southbank.

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General Enquiries

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Sponsorship & Exhibitions

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Registration & Accommodation

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Program & Abstracts

Kristina Liska