The First International Conference “Mines of the Future” took place in Aachen in May 2018. 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 Mines of the Future (Figure 1). Having attracted more than 230 participants from 30 countries, the two-day conference was an extraordinary success. The conference’s agenda contained more than 90 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 technological advances and innovation, best practices and benchmarking and responsible and sustainable mining. Furthermore, eleven different exhibitors seized the opportunity to present their latest products and developments to an international audience (Figure 2).
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 in 2019. (RWTH/Si.)