The 11th ICARD will include the 2018 IMWA Conference

Location:  Pretoria, South Africa

Dates:  September 10-14, 2018

Site:  CSIR International Convention Centre


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.  During the 10th ICARD in Santiago, Chile it was announced that the 11th ICARD will be held in Johannesburg (Midrand), South Africa in Sept 3- 9, 2018.  INAP again welcomes the International Mine Water Association (IMWA) who will be hold their 2018 annual meeting in conjunction with the 11th ICARD.  The joint meeting will be hosted by the Water Institute of South Africa, Tshwane University of Technology and the South African Water Research Commission with support from IMWA and INAP

This merged conference will expand the meeting’s scope and energy, and it will broaden our opportunities for networking.  This enlarged conference 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.  Below is a brief history of ICARDs

ICARD 10 – hosted by SANAP and Gecamin in Santiago, Chile: April 2015

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

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