Call for Abstracts & Short Courses for Tailings and Mine Waste 2023

The Organizing Committee invites Abstracts and Short Course proposals for consideration.

The conference program will be framed around the following themes:

  1. Management/Governance – in relation to tailings and mine waste management leading practices in conceptualization, design, operation, closure and post-closure all relative to life-cycle site experience(s).
  2. Risk Management – of tailings storage facilities, including risk assessment and risk mitigation, addressing “as low as reasonably practical”, and with a focus on case studies.
  3. Application of Emerging Technologies – as they relate to tailings and mine waste facilities safety, stability and sustainability aspects with a preference for actual results/outcomes from a site(s) implementation in comparison to existing practices/technologies


It has been 45 years since the event that started the Tailings & Mine Waste annual conference series took place in Ft. Collins, CO. Back then, the majority of the papers presented were case-histories from many industry-based authors/co-authors. For Tailings & Mine Waste 2023, the Organizing Committee would like to re-emphasize the importance of practical, experience-based papers and presentations around the themes for the conference.

Priority for paper acceptance will be based on:

  • Papers that include at least one named site (case history) as part of the work where that site is used to demonstrate the key points being made within the paper.
  • Papers with authorship including representative(s) of the site owner.

The Committee envisions that contributions will come from across the spectrum of mine waste management facilities, technologies and management issues. In terms of case histories, papers that demonstrate a lack of success or operational “hiccups” that could have led to a more significant outcome are encouraged just as much as “success stories”. The industry is presently, and likely for some time, challenged by a lack of appropriately experienced individuals and shared experiences, inclusive of things that didn’t go as well as intended with an approach or application of a technology, will be of incredible value to the collective practice.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted using the style template and ensuring the following elements are included:

  1. Title (no more than 100 characters)
  2. Authors (name, affiliation and country)
  3. Abstract (300-500 words; provided in the format requested)
  4. Brief biography of the lead author
  5. Author contact details
  6. Indication of format preference

Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts for papers that are diverse, insightful and will leave a legacy of valuable practical information as the industry strives towards a goal of zero catastrophic failures. Please keep this in mind when drafting and submitting your abstracts.

Authors, please note the following:

  1. The call for abstracts is the first step in the technical paper submission process;
  2. If an abstract is accepted, authors will then need to submit a draft and final paper;
  3. A final paper submission has to be approved by the Organizing Committee to be included in the conference Proceedings;
  4. Authors will be expected to give an in-person PowerPoint presentation or a Poster presentation at the conference;
  5. At this time, there is potential for both podium and poster presentation formats and prospective authors are asked to note which they would prefer and whether either format would be acceptable.

Short Courses

The Organizing Committee invites proposals from short course/workshop leads, who will coordinate and facilitate a course on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Half and full day course proposals are acceptable for this event.

Short Course Submission Guidelines

Ideally, the short courses would be collaborative across the industry (e.g., include participation from owners, designers, academics, regulators, etc.), include case histories and incorporate at least one of the themes listed below:

  • The Human Element of Tailings Management
  • Dam Breach Simulations and Impacts Analyses
  • Dam Safety and Risk Management
  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Social and Community Engagement Strategies
  • Emerging Investigative, Monitoring, and/or Surveillance Technologies
  • Geomembranes/Geosynthetics Applications

Proposal templates should also include:

  • The topic outline
  • Expected learning outcomes
  • Proposed draft agenda, and
  • List of presenting team members with bios.


Please submit abstracts and short course proposals to

Important Dates:

  • Short Course Proposals Due: Monday, April 3, 2023
  • Abstracts Proposals Due: Monday, April 17, 2023
  • Abstract/Course Acceptance: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
  • Draft Papers Due: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
  • Review to Authors: Tuesday, August 1, 2023
  • Final Papers Due: Tuesday, August 15, 2023