The 2nd International Conference “Mining in Europe” took place in Aachen/Germany in June 2017. Prof. Bernd Lottermoser as conference chair took again the opportunity to focus within the renowned Aachen International Mining Symposia (AIMS conference series) on the key issue Mining in Europe. Having attracted more than 200 participants from 22 countries, the two-day conference was an extraordinary success. The conference’s agenda contained more than 70 expert contributions, covering a wide variety of current topics in mining as well as other related fields. A large number of speakers, among them representatives from universities, government authorities, the mining industry and consulting companies put forward their latest findings relevant to the selected topics of Responsible Mining, Mining Technologies and Mineral Resources. Furthermore, 13 different exhibitors seized the opportunity to present their latest products and developments to an international audience (Figure 1).
Prof. Lottermoser and his staff of the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) are delighted with the conference’s outcomes and already look forward to the next AIMS conference. Starting a new conference series, the AIMS 2018 conference will be the 1st International Conference Mines of the Future taking place during 23rd to 24th May 2018. Key topics will be technological advances and innovation, best practices and benchmarking, as well as responsible and sustainable mining. RWTH Aachen University’s lecture hall complex PPS will provide a most appropriate setting to foster a dialogue among mining expects. The accompanying dinner party will take place in the sophisticated ambience of the Coronation Hall located within Aachen’s historic City Hall. Having been the site of numerous coronation feasts for kings and princes over centuries, the MRE is looking forward to welcoming conference participants from near and far once again.