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This year's Resources Innovation Showcase, held on 15 February in Fremantle, Western Australia, demonstrated CSIRO’s advances in science expertise, technology and innovation in mineral exploration for industry partners

Fiona Best, Lead Geochemist of South32, delivering the keynote address.

Despite last minute fears of cancellation due to COVID-restrictions in Western Australia, the 2021 Resources Innovation Showcase (RIS 2021) delivered a full program of science, research and development presentations focussed around the theme of ‘Smart science for a sustainable future’.

Preceding the annual RIU Explorers Conference, the showcase displayed a range of technological advancements to enable successful mineral exploration under cover and create more efficient ore sensing, sorting and mineral processing

Keynote speaker Fiona Best, Lead Geochemist from South 32, championed the importance of collaboration and open innovation, a sentiment backed up by Dr Rob Hough, Deputy Director for CSIRO Mineral Resources, who cited examples of how collaboration between industry and CSIRO has brought success in mineral discovery.

One of the afternoon sessions was dedicated to the topical issue of critical minerals, from a uniquely Australian perspective.  This included talks on opportunities for battery metals, lithium deposits in the Yilgarn, the emergence of new indicator minerals in magmatic nickel exploration and in-situ recovery of copper in Australia.

Gold as always was a hot topic. Simon Bolster from Portable PPB demonstrated low level gold detection using a portable XRF scanner. Dr Adam Bath (CSIRO) talked about mapping Archaeon gold deposits and Dr Nathan Reid (CSIRO) gave an overview of hydrogeochemical methods for continent-scale mapping.

Most importantly, RIS 2021 provided an opportunity for CSIRO to understand and listen to industry perspectives to become a better science and technology partner in business.

More opportunities to connect with CSIRO Mineral Resources

CSIRO’s Helen McFarlane and Adam Lovett greeting attendees of the Resources Innovation Showcase 2021 in the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.

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Heidi Pass (left, founder and principal applied geochemist at Elemental Insight Consulting), Sandra Occhipinti (centre - CSIRO Research program Director, Discovery) and Fiona Best (right, South 32)

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Rob Hough, Science and Deputy Director for CSIRO Mineral Resources

Conference attendees (left to right) Mel Lintern (CSIRO alumni), Simon Bolster (Portable PPB) and Wayne Robertson (CSIRO)

Conference presenters (left to right) Fiona Best (South32), Mark Pearce (CSIRO), Sandra Occhipinti (CSIRO) and Yulia Uvarova (CSIRO)

Simon Bolster (Managing Director Portable PPB) talking about the commercialisation success of one of CSIRO’s technologies

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Networking through the lunch break at the Resources Innovation Showcase, held on 15 February 2021 in Fremantle, Western Australia

Delegates from from FMG attending the conference (left to right) Lisa Tannock, Calvin Phasey and Bert De Waele

(Left to right) Conference attendees Andrew Tyrrell (Gold Road Resources), Tim Munday (CSIRO), Sandra Occhipinti (CSIRO) and Adrian Oberland (Rio Tinto)

Conference attendees (left to right) Ryan Noble (CSIRO), Paul Polito (IGO) and Chris Wijins (FQM)

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