Mining & Exploration International Conference & Expo (MEI2018)

Date : September 6-8, 2018

Venue : Las Vegas Convention Centre, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, USA

Registration: MEI2018 is offering IWiM members 50% off on the conference and expo with this discount code: MEI2018IWIM

IWiM is very excited to be partnering with the Mining and Exploration International Conference which is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre from 6-8 September 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

IWiM will have a large presence at this year’s MEI2018 Conference. We have several women from the IWiMSpeakUp Project and members of IWiM and WiM groups who will be presenting at the conference.

As a part of the the IWiMSpeakUp Project, Charlaine Baartjes, Managing Director of EcoPartners will be presenting “Zero Waste in Mining – Busting the Myth?”, on 7 Sept. 10:45 am Room 240, with the abstract as follows:

“We acknowledge that there is only two ways to source new materials, you either mine it or you grow it. Considering the mining component, in order to obtain the target mineral, waste is generated as part of the process. Mining waste contributes to concerns regarding increased cost of mining, risk to public health, loss of materials that is landfilled and its influence on biodiversity.

Is “Zero Waste” possible as a mechanism for mining?

It is clear that there is an inverse relationship between the amount of waste generated, compared to the concentration of the target commodity. In this presentation, management methods for waste are proposed for various groups of minerals.

– Working towards zero waste and resource responsibility.”

Other members who will also be presenting at MEI include the following:

  • Georgette Barnes, Georgette Barnes Ltd., Women in Mining Ghana
    7 Sept. 9:30 am Room 249
    “Key Gender Barriers to Full Participation in the Mining Sector in Ghana”
  • Claudia Monreal, Director, Women in Mining Chile
    7 Sept. 2:30 pm Room 241
    “Addressing Inequality in Mining Through Innovation”
  • Janet Adeyemi, Hon. Eng., President, Women in Mining Nigeria
    8 Sept. 10:15 am Room 241
    “Corporate Social Responsibility: Investment in Communities for Sustainable Development”

MEI is sponsoring the IWiM UnEarth Photo Exhibition in Las Vegas. Make sure to snap yourself with one of the many inspirational photos to be featured on our social media feeds. (Don’t forget to tag us!) We will also be holding a booth with WiM USA so feel free to drop by and say hello!

We are looking for additional volunteers to help with the booth so if you are interested please email us at iwimspeakup@internationalwim.org.

MEI2018 is offering all of our members 50% off on the conference and expo with this discount code: MEI2018IWIM

For more information about the conference, visit:

We look forward to seeing you there!


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