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April 15-17, 2024 | Duluth, MN

The SME Minnesota Conference is the only conference with a focus on the developments, technology, trends and innovations directly affecting the Midwest minerals market. Featuring a wide variety of technical sessions and speakers combined with our expansive exhibit hall, the SME Minnesota Conference is a professional event you will truly enjoy and remember.

The SME Minnesota Conference is a three-day educational experience including a regionally focused technical session program that attracts hundreds of mining professionals throughout the Midwest. The SME Minnesota Conference is widely recognized as the most distinguished regional forum for the collaboration and development of practices, theories and technology used in the Midwest minerals industry, specifically focusing on innovative approaches to use in the iron ore industry. In addition to the SME Minnesota Conference's engaging technical program, the conference's expansive exhibit hall floor provides close-up views of the latest in mining technology and innovations, allowing our attendees to have hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration with leading industry vendors.

Authors Overview

The Minnesota Section Conference Planning committee has issued a call for presentations and is accepting abstracts for its 97th Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Section of SME . Abstracts for consideration are due December 1st, 2023.


The committee will consider all abstracts covering any/all aspects of the mining/minerals industry including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Open Pit Mining
  • Exploration & Geology
  • Hydrometallurgical Processing
  • Underground Construction
  • Environmental
  • Tailings Management
  • Maintenance
  • Community Engagement
  • Industrial Minerals & Aggregates
  • Automation
  • Ferrous & Non-ferrous Metals
  • Other Topics


Dates & Deadlines

Please read the following information carefully and mark your calendar with important dates and deadlines.

  • December 1, 2023- Abstracts for consideration are due
  • December 2023 - Authors notified of acceptance 

Prospective authors are asked to submit a 100 word abstract. Detailed guidelines for submitting a successful abstract are provided on the submission website. Submitters will be notified in December of acceptance or otherwise. The information you provide is input directly into the conference technical program. Please make sure names and companies are entered as you would like them to appear in promotional material.