Authors are invited to submit brief abstracts (200-350 words) describing a proposed technical paper that would form the basis for a 20 minute oral presentation at the workshop by the authors/s.

Abstract Guidelines

  • 200-350 words containing objective, statement of findings and key conclusions.
  • English is the official conference language. 
  • Must include title, author name(s) and author affiliations.
  • Abstracts should be submitted online in Microsoft Word format only. 

All successful authors will be required to submit a full paper for including in the proceedings volume. Paper submission guidelines will be forwarded to presenting authors of accepted abstracts. 

Technical Papers are expected to make up the majority of the submitted material and high quality papers may be given preference for oral presentations over other categories. 
The following categories are still considered technical papers, but will be reviewed differently due to an anticipated difference in content and style. Papers drawing on real process experiences are strongly encouraged. 

Review Papers related to the topics should include critical commentary, offer new insights into the subject(s) discussed and be properly referenced.

Vendor submissions for Trade Talks should highlight technical innovations, developments and recent advancements relevant to the conference topics. Reviewers will accept somewhat more brand bias than for other submission options, though the scientific method should still apply. Sales brochures and product descriptions will not be accepted.

Knowledge Management papers should be directly related to the Bayer industry and include applied data such as case studies.

Acceptance criteria

In keeping with the theme special consideration will be given to papers that demonstrate improved efficiency and those that make the subject clearer or easier to understand by giving sufficient details or a simpler explanation.

Preference will be given to papers that

  • Are related to the theme and topics.
  • Are innovative, novel, useful and/or significant
  • Demonstrate passion, interest, excitement for topic
  • Include material presented for the first time
  • Are relevant to the target audience
  • Are well structured and clearly written.

Abstracts must be received by Friday 19 January, 2018 to be considered by the technical review panel.   Authors will be notified of initial program acceptance or otherwise by Monday 5 March, 2018. 

All successful authors will be required to submit a full paper for inclusion in the proceedings volume. Paper submission guidelines will be forwarded to presenting authors of accepted abstracts.  Papers will need to be submitted for review by Friday 20 April, 2018.  Final acceptance into the program will be advised following a peer review of the papers by Friday 25 May, 2018.

The decision of the committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

All presenting authors will be expected to register for the conference.


Authors are strongly encouraged to demonstrate a link to the theme ‘Efficiency for the Future’ and to ‘shine a light’ on topics that will illuminate and excite the interest and passion of alumina industry technical personnel & operators, researchers & research managers as well as equipment, service and chemical suppliers.

In particular, the following areas are recommended:

  • Productivity Improvement
    Examples: Flow improvement, process scale characterisation and prevention, corrosion, maintenance methods,
  • Process chemistry
    Examples: additives, industry round robins, analytical methods and comparisons, liquor impurities, first principle and fundamental research, core operation centre functions such as digestion and precipitation. Includes applied physics, chemical engineering, biochemistry, geochemistry and related physical sciences.
  • Alumina quality
    Examples: impacts of downstream specifications on refinery, impact on smelters, refinery methods for improving quality or meeting future needs for new aluminium uses.
  • Bauxite
    Examples: mining practices, bauxite analysis, ore body modelling, bore hole logging, mine site management, rehabilitation and biodiversity
  • Industry 4.0
    Examples: applications of big data, data analytics, cloud computing, machine learning, the Internet of Things, automation: applied to alumina production.
  • Process modelling
    Examples: data reconciliation, optimization and controls, equipment modelling (CFD).
  • Engineering technology
    Examples: capital cost reduction, valves, flowmeters, process instrumentation, construction materials and coatings, process automation & online instruments, wireless technology, drones, process design.
  • Energy
    Examples: Sourcing & security, cogeneration, sustainability, reduction in energy use.
  • Residue
    Examples: residue filtration, residue management, residue product/reuse, mud farming, residue chemistry, residue rehabilitation.
  • Environmental and health technology
    Examples: including emission analysis and reduction , water use reduction, visible amenity, noisecommunity interactions
  • Knowledge management. Papers should be directly related to the topics (e.g. case studies) and like other categories, must demonstrate innovation.

Examples: intellectual property (IP), idea generation, sharing versus confidentiality, data mining, collaborative projects, global research and leveraging external technology, outsourcing vs insourcing, refinery and research management.