CWiMI Colombian Summer School

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last month, Neil McIntyre and Natasha Danoucaras from CWiMI presented a two week Summer School on ‘Water in Mining’ to approximately 30 students, mainly in environmental and civil engineering. The event was hosted by Los Andes University in Bogota and co-funded by IM4DC. The objective of the course was to equip the students with the principles of the sustainable use of water in mining. Other partners were Diana Arbelaez-Ruiz from CSRM and Oscar Jaime Restrepo from  the Mines faculty of Colombia’s Nacional University. The first week of the course was lecture based and in the second week, the students worked in teams to create a Water Management Plan for a fictitious mine giving them an opportunity to apply their learning.

Intern travels to Colombia

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Alluvial mine operation next to La Cianurada Creek in Segovia, Antioquia, Colombia

Natalia Bustamante, our intern spent three weeks in the Northeast region of Colombia collecting relevant information about water management issues in mines in Antioquia, which is crossed by two of the main watersheds of this country; Cauca and Magdalena. She found that the main concerns are the lack of awareness of reusing worked water in the mining process and the load of contaminants in basins due to the small-scale mining sector.  Furthermore, she identified possible partnership with Universities, government, environmental corporations, and large-scale mines of the region in order to develop future research programs. This field trip is an important step for CWiMI to establish links to Colombia which is one of the largest producers of minerals in Latin America.

Natasha spends a week on Milos Island

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Natasha Danoucaras recently attended the SDIMI (Sustainable Development in the Mining Industry) 2013 conference in Milos Island, Greece. The  conference had 180 attendees, predominantly  from the European industrial mining sector and the academic sector. Natasha spoke on the Water Accounting Framework and compared its water reporting with the reports obtained by the Global Reporting Initiative and the Water Footprint Network. She quantitatively illustrated with a case study, problems with the Global Reporting Initiative’s definitions. The ability of the framework to provide the water footprint due to mining was well received. The talk was an opportunity to showcase the Water Accounting Framework to an international audience.  

Laura Sonter travels to Brazil

Monday, March 18, 2013

Last year, Laura had an incredible opportunity to spend 6 months living and working in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She was based at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, where she was hosted by her co-advisor, Professor Britaldo Soares-Filho. Her trip was funded by an International Collaboration Award that she received from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). These scholarships enable RHD students to travel internationally to conduct research on issues related to climate change, adaptation and mitigation policy, and the effects of management on biodiversity.

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CWiMI appoints new Director

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dr Neil McIntyre, CWiMI directorDr Neil McIntyre will join CWiMI from Imperial College London, where he is a member of the Hydrology Research Group. He currently leads 18 research staff and students who focus on quantitative methods to assist water management.

He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked in the water industry before moving to Imperial College, where he gained an MSc in environmental engineering and a PhD in water quality modelling.

“Neil brings considerable experience in hydrology research and a strong publication track record. I look forward to the contribution Neil will make to CWiMI and the broader Sustainable Minerals Institute in coming years,” SMI Director Professor Chris Moran said.

Dr McIntyre will join CWiMI in January 2013. He replaces Professor Damian Barrett who returned to CSRIO in February 2012 and Assoc. Professor Sue Vink who has since been the Acting Director.