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Thematic Tracks

The purpose of the symposium is to analyse uranium supply and demand scenarios and to present and discuss new developments in uranium geology, exploration, mining, milling and processing, as well as the environmental requirements for uranium operations and site decommissioning. The IAEA welcomes high quality contributions, both academic and applied, that fall under the umbrella of the following subjects, grouped within thematic areas that should be specified when submitting abstracts:

  • Track 1. Nuclear power and associated modern energy markets


    Policies, carbon goals and climate change (with reference to COP-21); Nuclear and renewables as a future energy mix; Energy trends

  • Track 2. Uranium markets


    Supply and demand; Market trends; Secondary supplies and inventories; Economics of production: constraints and improvements

  • Track 3. Applied geology and geometallurgy of uranium and associated metals


    Uranium deposit types and recognition criteria; Geochemistry and mineralogy of deposits and tailings; Uranium provinces; Genetic models

  • Track 4. Advances in exploration


    Geological, geophysical, geochemical methods; Exploration stories: lessons from success or failure; Resource estimation; Regional spatial and quantitative uranium modelling

  • Track 5. Economic evaluations of uranium projects


    Classification and reporting standards; Conceptual, scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies; Project priority, maturity ranking and timelines; Case studies; Socio-economics; Financing of uranium projects

  • Track 6. Underground and open pit uranium mining and milling


    Advances in mining technologies and applications; Ore beneficiation and processing; New and emerging technologies in uranium milling; Advances in heap leaching

  • Track 7. Uranium production by the in situ leaching (ISL) process


    ISL exploration and resource estimation; ISL mining and processing; ISL closure and remediation; ISL case studies

  • Track 8. Uranium from unconventional resources


    Unconventional uranium resources (e.g. extraction of uranium from phosphates); Production of uranium as a by- and co-product; Uranium from salt water

  • Track 9. Thorium and associated resources — international and national initiatives


    Thorium resources; Thorium utilization scenarios and policies; By-product thorium and associated metals

  • Track 10. Health, safety, environment and social responsibility


    Advances in radon management and radiation exposure reduction; Risk-based assessments; Regulatory issues; Managing legacy issues; Stakeholder communications, engagement and public hearings; Indigenous aspects; Social and community return; Environmental assessment and management

  • Track 11. Tailings and waste management


    Progressive end-of-life remediation; Evaluation of tailings; Mine site regeneration

  • Track 12. Uranium newcomers


    Update of uranium exploration and mining activities, newcomers; Opportunities and challenges