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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo starts next week in Minnesota. Around 6,300 are expected to attend.

More than 6,000 mining industry professionals from across the world are headed to Minneapolis next week to hear from leaders and to share innovative ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge research.

Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

Conference: 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo

Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center

City: Minneapolis

After the grand opening reception and SME Foundation Gala dinner on Sunday evening, the SME Annual Conference kicks off on Monday morning with a keynote session. A panel of mining industry leaders will discuss the importance of industrial innovation in promoting the sustainable production of minerals. Also on the agenda:

Changing perceptions. During the live Move Mining event, five teams will present their big idea on how to change the world’s perception of mining. Six judges will then determine the winning team, who will receive $5,000 and personalized advice from a leader in their field of innovation on how to make their idea become a reality.

VIP status. Those who donated $1,000 to any SME Foundation program in 2018 will receive a VIP Access Conference Pass. Benefits include a dedicated staff concierge during the conference, a VIP breakfast with conference keynotes, and access to a VIP lounge.

Offsite activity. During offsite field trips and technical tours, attendees can see firsthand how others in the minerals industry are improving methods, overcoming obstacles, and reaching operational goals. Options include exploring Northern Minnesota’s Iron Range and visiting Fairmount Santrol’s silica mining and processing facility in Wisconsin.

Head to Facebook and Twitter (#SME2018ACE) for other meeting details.

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Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

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