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Call for Abstracts 2016 Conference


Within the mining industry there is no doubt that the Ventilation Profession has a crucial role to play in maintaining acceptable working conditions in current mines, optimising of ventilation and refrigeration systems and assisting with planning for an energy efficient future.

However, in tough times the relevance of various services are questioned and members of the Profession need to avoid complacency.

A number of Presidential strategy sessions have been held on the ‘way forward’ for the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa [MVSSA] but now Council would also like to involve a wider group in confirming the role of the Profession as well as to highlight the contribution that is being made.

The conference will allow members, employers, regulators and academics to debate these issues, identify any areas where improvements can be made and reaffirm the commitment of the Profession to the wellbeing of the industry.

The conference will be held on 1 and 2 September 2016 at Emperor’s Palace, in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

Attendees will be awarded CPD points. Exhibitors will showcase their products and there will be many opportunities to network and meet colleagues to discuss the issues further.

Abstracts are being sought from mine ventilation professionals and members of other professions within the industry.

Students and academics to highlight:

  • Pressing issues facing the Profession
  • Regulations affecting the Profession
  • The value-add of the Profession, beyond legal compliance (how the profession is solving these issues)
  • Views of the contribution being made
  • Energy, Engineering, Occupational Health issues
  • Education and Training of Ventilation Professionals (current and planned)
  • Technology and the influence of technology on the ventilation fraternity

Please submit abstracts of no longer than 500 words to the MVSSA Secretary at

On acceptance of abstracts a paper template will be made available.

Important dates:

  • Submission of abstracts – 26 February 2016
  • Notification of acceptance of abstract – 11 March 2016
  • Submission of completed papers – 27 May 2016
  • Notification of peer review comments – 15 July 2016
  • Final submission of corrected papers – 29 July 2016

Papers will be peer-reviewed before acceptance in the conference proceedings. Authors undertake to attend the conference and present their papers.