2009 seems such a long way away. True it is almost 2008 and I have already bought the first Christmas present for 2007, but somehow the middle of 2009 still seems a long way off.

If, however, you are planning to go to Skellefteå, Sweden in June 2009, you had better act now. They are calling for abstracts of papers for the 8th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage. The e-Brochure for the conference hit my e-mail in-box this morning (October 16, 2007). Here is the link to their website.

Actually you do not have to rush, for the closing date for submission of abstracts is 15 August 2008. You will be told if your paper is accepted by 30 September 2008. You will have two months to prepare the full manuscript; it will have to be in by 30 November 2008. And eight months later, you can go to Sweden and the conference.

I spend my days blogging. I come in each morning totally unprepared to write anything. Then I check out Google news and blogs and websites for new postings in the preceding 24 hours. Hence I write a blog, a few short articles, and maybe polish up a longer review, and then go home empty headed. I cannot envisage how anybody can set about writing something over the course of a year for publication 20 months hence.

This are changing so fast, that what I read and think today is gone and different tomorrow. What is of such a nature that it is of so little importance that its publication can be delayed for years? What is of so much importance that you need to go to Sweden to publish it?

Looking for an answer to these questions in the conference topics, I see nothing. The list is the usual random compilation of different grammatical forms covering every conceivable aspect of mining. All seen and heard before, except for “ARD and neutral drainage.”

As you would expect, there is homage to the fashionable Sustainable Society. The only session in this category that I would love to attend is: Resource richness, blessing or curse? The fight could be fun.

They are considering these topics for short courses—but invite you to submit your course if you want to be in Sweden in summer 2009:

  • Dam safety
  • Water treatment (Difficult elements – Innovative technology)
  • Modelling of minerals and metals recycling
  • The GARD-guide (Global Acid Rock Drainage – INAP)
  • Environmental aspects of leaching technologies
  • APELL guide for local emergencies in mining
  • Biogeochemistry of waste - and leach dumps for optimized ARD management and/or metal recovery.