The International Conference
on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD) is the leading acid drainage event.
It is held every 3 years and brings together mining industry representatives,
consultants, researchers and regulators from all continents. It represents
an invaluable opportunity for sharing information on current good
practice, emerging technologies, on-going research, and developments
in regulation. The conference also helps to highlight advances in
our knowledge as well as gaps and challenges. In this way, the conference
is a significant catalyst for determining future research directions.
The conference involves a series of technical sessions that focus
on specific acid and neutral drainage issues. The papers presented
during the sessions are selected to represent the most current developments
in the field and cover different experiences from around the world.
A number of other events also take place in conjunction with the
ICARD, such as field trips and specialised short courses.
ICARDs are hosted by different
groups in new locations every 3 years. They have historically been
held in North America, but are now taking place in different parts
of the world. Here is a brief history of ICARDs:
- ICARD 9 - hosted by MEND in Ottawa, Canada: May 2012
- ICARD 8 - hosted by SveMin in Skelleftea, Sweden: June 2009
- ICARD 7 - hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and
Exploration (SME) in St. Louis, USA: 2006
- ICARD 6 – hosted by the Australasian Institute of Mining
and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Australian Centre for Mining Environmental
Research (ACMER) in Cairns, Australia: 2003
- ICARD 5 – hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy,
and Exploration (SME) in Denver, USA: 2000
- ICARD 4 – hosted by the Mine Environmental Neutral Drainage
Programme (MEND) in Vancouver, Canada:1998
INAP has committed to ensuring the continuing success of ICARDs
– see INAP’s Role for more