The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)-National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) held its Annual Colloquium in the Protea Auditorium at the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus on the 7th  and 8th November 2019. The event was very successful with 27 oral presentations made and 18 posters presented by post-graduate students supported by DSI-NRF CIMERA. The 85 delegates who attended the event was the highest turnout to date. Both the presentations and posters were of a high standard, and the PG students are to be thanked for the great effort they put into them.

An invited key note talk was given by Mr Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist at the Minerals Council of South Africa, on “The Economics of Mining”. This informative talk provided a good insight into the rands-and-cents issues around our mining industry, and a reality check for us as geoscientists.

A sumptuous braai was held at the Design Café opposite (STH) on the evening of the 7th November that allowed all to socialize and network, especially with delegates from industry.

We thank the staff of STH and Design Café for making our Colloquium run smoothly and enjoyable. Our colleagues who travelled from afar (Fort Hare, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Thohoyandou) deserve special thanks for making the effort to attend.

Ms Bridget Murathi (left) and Ms Juliet Akoh, both PG students at UJ, during the poster session. Ms Murathi won the book prize for the best poster presented at the Colloquium.

Record attendance at the DSI-NRF CIMERA Annual Colloquium.