Can mining walk and talk at the same time?

The future for our planet depends on it

Media welcome at 26th World Mining Congress in Brisbane starting Monday 26 June.

Humanity needs vast quantities of lithium, cobalt, copper, sand and many other minerals for a sustainable net-zero world.

Mining companies need to decarbonise their operations at the same time.

More intense climate events will disrupt mines and vital transport routes.

And civil society is cautious about the mining industry.

We’ll find out how mining is transforming to meet these challenges at the World Mining Congress starting on Monday in Brisbane, with over 3,000 of the world’s mining leaders, technologists, and researchers from 70 countries.

Monday’s highlights include:

  • Minerals policy requirements for the next 30 years
  • Sand – the most mined mineral on Earth, and perhaps a critical mineral.
  • Sustainable concrete in an urbanising world.
  • The art of closure: mines turning into physics labs, parks, pumped hydro.
  • First Nations perspective on mining closures and transitions – voices from Australia, Canada and Mongolia


  • Madelaine King, Federal Resources Minister, speaking at 8.15 and again later
  • Susan McDonald, Federal Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
  • Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency
  • Scott Stewart, Queensland Resources Minister
  • Mark Cutifani, Symposium chair at 8 am.

Through the week we’ll hear from:

And we’ll have big machines

About the Congress

The World Mining Congress was first held in 1958 in Poland. It has been held every two to three years ever since. It is UN-affiliated and continues to have a secretariat in Poland.

The 26th World Congress will be held for the first time in Australia, spanning the entire Brisbane Convention Centre from 26 to 29 June 2023.

The Congress was brought to Australia with the support of the host, CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources is our Major Sponsor and Queensland is our Host State Sponsor. A large suite of leading global and national companies and research agencies are also major sponsors of the Congress.

Inclusion of Congress speakers in media releases does not imply endorsement by the WMC, its hosts, partners and sponsors.

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