27—28 JunePerth

Lithium 2018

International Lithium Conference 2018

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About the conference


Lithium is the metal of the decade. In sanguine recognition of this fact, Murdoch University and the AusIMM, in partnership, are proud to announce the initiative to host a bespoke conference covering the entire life-cycle of this unique element.

Over the two-day conference, global experts from both industry and academia will share their knowledge, views and predictions of this growing phenomenon of evolution from mysterious to indispensable metal.

This conference will pragmatically focus on the successes, the challenges, the technical evolution, the end usage and the future of lithium.

Those attending the conference will walk away with an increased understanding of the metal, its production and the market from both the speakers and their fellow delegates.

This conference will be of interest to producers, financiers, investors and end-users. Ensure your attendance, and be up-to-date with the latest developments.

Organising committee


Conference Chair

Colin Roberts FAusIMM(CP) — Natural Resource Geo-strategy Pty Ltd

Committee Members

Farjad Ather GAusIMM —Northern Star Resources Limited
Chris Davis FAusIMM CP (Man)
Bogdan Dlugogorski — Murdoch University
David McSweeney — MSP engineers
Chris Reed MAusIMM — Neometals Ltd
Ivor Roberts — Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Gamini Senanayake MAusIMM — Murdoch University
Phil Thick — Tianqi Lithium
Adrian Troy MAusIMM — Terra Firma Australia

Event Management

AusIMM Conference
Claire Stuart —Coordinator, Publishing

Conference themes


Seeking abstracts on a broad range of topic areas including:

  • Exploration and Geology
  • Mineralogy, Hard Rocks vs Brines vs Other
  • Metallurgy and Processing
  • Investment, Risk and Economics
  • Lithium Applications (present and future)
  • Recycling and Safety
  • Environmental
WIMnet Conference Grants


As an initiative to increase the number of female presenters at AusIMM conferences, a WIMnet Conference Grant is available for some AusIMM conferences which may be awarded to a female presenter based on merit and need. The grant covers the cost of conference registration, but does not include travel or accommodation. Successful applicants need not be AusIMM members, although preference will be given to members. Successful applicants must first have their abstract accepted by the conference organising committee. Following the conclusion of the conference, grant recipients are asked to provide a short (less than one page) article for publication in the WIMnet newsletter.

Women interested in applying for the complimentary conference pass should submit their application via email to the WIMnet secretariat dedwards@ausimm.com.au for consideration. Applications should be no more than 300 words and explain how the applicant meets the selection criteria (merit and need) and why they are applying.

In addition, WIMnet have a number of members experienced in conference presentations who are available to offer advice on presentation skills should an applicant be interested in their assistance.


Conference fees are in quoted in Australian Dollars and include 10% Goods and Service (GST) Tax.

Register now

To qualify for the special 'Member' rate, you must be a financial (paid) member of The AusIMM.
The AusIMM 2018 membership fees are due 1 January 2018. Non-member registration fees apply to all non-members.

Registrations Price
AusIMM Member $1100
AusIMM Member CP $990
Author $990
International Delegate $1100
Non-member $1540
New Professional Member – under 31 years $990
Student AusIMM Member* $220
Student Non-member* $330

*Students must be currently enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution to qualify for the discounted student rate. Proof of full-time status will be required.

Day Registrations Price
AusIMM Member $660
Non-member $990
Registration Entitlements
  •  Access to all conference technical sessions
  •  Lunch, morning and afternoon teas daily
  •  Conference name badge and satchel
  •  eBook of the conference proceedings


Only pre-registered, pre-paid registrants will be guaranteed access to the event. Upon receipt of your registration and payment, The AusIMM will send registration confirmation.

Registering On-site
On-site registrants, with payment only, will be admitted on space availability.

AusIMM/WIMnet Member Rate
To qualify for the special rates of ‘AusIMM member’ as quoted on the registration booking form you must be a financial (paid) member. AusIMM 2018 membership fees were due by 1 January 2018. Non-member registration fees apply to all non-members and non-financial AusIMM members.

Student Registration
A student must be currently enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution. Proof of full-time status must be submitted with the registration form.

Participant List
Please note that all registered delegates will have their name, position, company and email address printed in a participant list. Should you not wish to have your details distributed please notify Event Management as soon as possible.

Confirmation of Bookings
Symposium registrations will be acknowledged as they are received with payment in full. Receipts for registration payments will be attached to the confirmation letter. Please check the confirmation letter and advise of any alterations immediately.

Additional Tickets

If you wish to bring a spouse, friend or colleague to the event's networking functions, you will need to purchase an additional ticket for your guest(s). Please note that guest’s may participate in networking activities only and have no access to technical sessions.

Networking Reception – $58

Terms and Conditions
Cancellations of registration must be by email only. Refunds will apply as follows:

  • More than 28 days before the conference – Full refund
  • 28 – 7 days before the conference – Refund (less $175 administration charge)
  • 7 days or less before the conference or non-attendance – No refund (no
  • exceptions)

An organisation may send an alternative delegate if registration has been paid and the registered person is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, Event Management must be advised of the change prior to the symposium.


Waiver of Policy
The AusIMM, accepts no liability to any persons or body for any loss, injury or damage howsoever and whether directly from any action or cause whatsoever undertaken, organised or sponsored by The AusIMM.

By attending this event I consent to my image being taken and used at the discretion of The AusIMM.

Privacy Statement
The AusIMM is a professional institute that relies on the use of personal information to provide support and services to members and to non-member stakeholders and customers of AusIMM services. We rely on comprehensive and accurate personal information about our members and about non-members who engage with AusIMM.

The main purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information are to provide services and benefits for our members and to maintain and extend our membership. We collect information from members and non-members so that we can provide services, manage our professional relationships, manage our business, comply with our legal obligations, communicate effectively and enhance the level of service being offered. At the time of registering for this event you have the option to indicate whether or not you agree to the AusIMM contacting you for promotion of future events, professional development opportunities and discount offers.

Payment must accompany all registrations. We accept the following credit cards:

  •   VISA
  •   MasterCard
  •   AMEX
  •   Diners Club

All enquiries regarding payments, please telephone +61 3 9658 6120.

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

The AusIMM have negotiated discounted accommodation rates at the nearby Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. Please click here to book.

Call for abstracts open

You are invited to submit an abstract for the inaugural
International Lithium Conference 2018



You are invited to submit an abstract for the inaugural International Lithium Conference 2018. All abstracts will be reviewed by the organising committee.

The selection criteria includes relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstracts volume and presented at conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present.

Submit an abstract

Online submission

The selection criteria includes relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstracts volume and presented at conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present.

AusIMM Guidelines for presenting authors


Read the guide to writing an abstract

Key Dates

Deadline abstract submission: 19 February 2018
Notification to authors: 5 March 2018
Author registration and permission forms due: 14 May 2018
Conference Dates: 27—28 June 2018

Author registration

Published proceedings will only contain abstracts from authors/presenters attending the conference. To confirm publication of a paper, as well as inclusion in the technical program of the conference, authors must ensure that at least one author per paper is registered and has paid the discounted author rate. Abstracts of authors who are not registered by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program.

Author registration will be due due 14 May 2018.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of The AusIMM that if your final abstract is selected for the technical program at least one author of the abstract will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with full intention of presenting at the conference.

Abstracts of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the extended abstracts volume and program.

By submitting an abstract to this AusIMM conference you hereby agree to the following terms and conditions

  • Prior to submitting an abstract that contains information that relates to, or reports on, a particular company or organisation, the appropriate level of approval must have been granted.
  • Abstracts submitted are of original quality (not previously published).
  • Submissions of abstracts are loaded electronically via the conference Speakers’ Portal, with minimal formatting.
  • Extended abstracts submitted are in accordance with the Guide to Authors and should not exceed 1000 words (3 pages).
  • The abstract does not infringe on the copyright of any other third party and copyright for said abstract will be assigned to the AusIMM.
  • The abstract adheres to the guidelines as presented in the AusIMM Guide to Authors.
  • Authors with accepted final extended abstracts agree to register, pay and attend the conference. At least one author/presenter must be registered and paid by the nominated deadline in order for the extended abstract to be published and presented. Any extended abstract not registered and paid will be automatically removed from the extended abstract volume and program.
  • Late withdrawals of final extended abstracts will incur penalties if withdrawn by the author at any time following the final submission date:
    • Authors will incur a A$400 desktop publishing fee
    • The extended abstract will be removed from the extended abstract volume and technical program
    • In the instance the author is not available to present the extended abstract a suitable replacement may be found to present the extended abstract and pay the registration fee.

For further information, please contact:

Claire Stuart, Coordinator, Publishing
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6127
Email: cstuart@ausimm.com.au


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Benefits of sponsorship

Showcase your business at the conference and register your interest in sponsorship today. Packages can be tailored to your organisation’s needs, and are an excellent way to maximise exposure to delegates in the lead up, duration and following the conference.

  • Associate your brand with an industry-leading event
  • Demonstrate your commitment and support
  • Make new contacts and network with potential customers
  • Build and enhance your brand awareness
  • Showcase your company and introduce your products/services
  • Promote your skills and abilities to the industry
  • Meet the leaders and decision makers in the sector
  • Learn how you can connect with this captive audience

Sponsorship opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors under the following categories, but not limited to:

  • Platinum Sponsorship
  • Gold Sponsorship
  • Silver Sponsorship
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Conference Technical Session Sponsor
  • Conference Name Badges & Lanyards
  • Note Pads and Pens

Sponsorship prospectus

Sponsorship opportunities available



International Visitors

  Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia. The 'Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos' fact sheet outlines some visa options that may be applicable

For more information on visa application requirements, view the 'Visa Application Requirements' fact sheet.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the conference date. We strongly recommend that you apply at least two months prior to your intended date of departure. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations, so for all the latest information relating to obtaining an Australian visa, please visit: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email: conference@ausimm.com.au.

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Australia has health and character requirements which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

• For more information on health requirements, go to : http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal

• For more information on character requirements, go to: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit www.daff.gov.au for more information.

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.