August 16, 2016

The 24th edition of the WMC will pay homage to Professor Cerrini Villas Bôas



Member of the WMC's National Scientific Advisory Committee will be honoured for his important technical contribution to the mineral sector

The professional trajectory of the Mine Engineer, Roberto Cerrini Villas Bôas, is one of the highlights of the programme for the 24th edition of the World Mining Congress (WMC 2016). The event, considered one of the world mining sector's most important, will pay tribute to Villas Bôas for the importance of his technical studies and services to the Brazilian mining industry. The WMC is being organized by the Brazilian Mining Association - IBRAM - and will take place between the 18th and 21st October of this year.


Villa Boâs, the author of 27 published books, passed away this year, and will be honoured by researchers from the Mineral Technology Centre (CETEM) on the 19th October, who will present his main works as part of the congress programme. The tribute will be led by Professor Marcello M. Veiga from the University of British Columbia and Carlos Peiter, a Doctor in Mineral Engineering and Assistant to the CETEM Director.


According to Marcello, Villas Bôas was "a leader that established CETEM in Brazil and was at the head of the organization for almost two decades. His leadership inspired many professionals within the mining industry. His brilliant ideas defined him as somebody who thought ahead of his time and outside the box".


Carlos Peiter remembers that Villas Bôas always had a great passion for the mineral industry. "Whenever somebody mentioned something useful, like new technology, instead of doubting it and being suspicious, he used to give his unconditional support to discover how to improve and apply it".

For IBRAM's Director of Mineral Affairs, Marcelo Ribeiro Tunes, Villa Bôas will remain in the memory of those who work in the national Mineral Sector. "He authored almost thirty published works on the most diverse subjects related to the future development of mining. Technology and the activity’s socio-economic role in the Country were amongst the main topics. However, his main legacy was to have participated in the foundation and success of CETEM, a place where he will never be forgotten", he added.


About the WMC


The World Mining Congress takes place every three years and is led by a secretariat with the status of an organisation associated with the United Nations, which is part of the Central Mining Institute, located in the city of Katowice, Poland. The goal of the WMC is to promote and support cooperation, both technically and scientifically, for national and international progress in mining and mineral resource development; establish a world exchange network on mineral science, technology, economics, health and safety in mining activities, and environmental protection.

The 24th edition of the WMC, whose theme is "Mining in a World of Innovation", will incorporate a technical-work presentation space, an exhibition area and the congress area itself.




The World Mining Congress 2016 is, as of writing, sponsored by the mining companies Vale S.A (Diamond), Votrantim Metais (Diamond), Sindicato Nacional da Indústria da Extração do Ferro e Metais Básicos – Sinferbase (Gold), CBMM (Silver), Hydro (Bronze), Kinross (Bronze) and Gerdau (Steel).




Partnerships with various entities, institutions, associations, and media channels contribute to the success of the 24th edition of the World Mining Congress. The event shall receive special support from ANEPAC, Global Business Reports (GBR) and the Ministry for Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (MCTIC).




The event shall receive special support from Global Business Reports (GBR), and institutional support from Associação Paulista de Engenheiros de Minas (APEMI), Banco Nacional do Desenvolvimento (BNDES), Centro Tecnológico Mineral (CETEM), Centro Universitário Luterano de Palmas (CEULP/ULBRA), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), CRU Group, Departamento de Engenharia de Minas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (DEMIN/UFMG), Escola de Engenharia da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS), Federation of International Mining and Mineral Resources (FAB), Federação das Indústrias do Estado de Santa Catarina (FIESC), Federação das Indústrias do Estado de Minas Gerais (FIEMG), Flogen Technologies Inc., Gecamin, Instituto Aço Brasil (IaBr),International Social Security Association (ISSA), Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (Poli – USP), Sindicato da Indústria Mineral do Estado de Minas Gerais (Sindiextra), Sindicato Nacional da Indústria da Extração do Ferro e Metais Básicos (Sinferbase), Sindicato das Indústrias Minerais do Estado do Pará (Simineral), TCS BRASIL 2016, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Vereinigung Rohstoffe und Bergbau (VRB), Secretaria de Geologia, Mineração e Transformação Mineral do Ministério de Minas e Energia, Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico e Inovação e do Ministério de Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (MCTI).


The WMC receives editorial support from: Areia e Brita, Access Africa, Argus Media, Revista Amazônia, BraziBusiness Review, Brasil Mineral, Brasil Mining Site, Construtores em Revista, Eae Máquinas, Engineering and Mining Journal (E&MJ), El Inversor, Equipo Minero, Horizonte Minero,InfoMine, In The Mine, Madencilik Turkiye, Midia Truck Brasil, Revista Mineração e Sustentabilidade, Minería, Minérios & Minerales, Mining Engineering, Mining Global, Mining Turkey, Nueva Minería y Energía, Notícias de Mineração Brasil, Panorama Minero, Rocas y Minerales, Steel Technology, Revista M&T, Tracbel Magazine, World Coal and WDM Group.



World Mining Congress (WMC 2016)

Date: 18th to 21st October 2016

Location: SulAmérica Conventions Centre - Rio de Janeiro (RJ)



Source: IBRAM – Profissionais do Texto

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