Dear colleagues and participants,

The Technical Faculty in Bor, University of Belgrade and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia organized the XIV International Mineral Processing and Recycling Conference – IMPRC 2021.

The Conference was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia in Belgrade (Resavska Street 13-15) on 12th to 14th May 2021. All epidemiological measures for protection against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) were implemented, including a limited number of participants per session. The Conference was organized in a combined, hybrid format where a part of the program was held online via the Zoom platform.

The main aim of the Conference was the promotion and publication of the results obtained through scientific work and research, as well as exchange of the ideas and experience in the field of mineral processing, waste management, recycling of different kinds of raw material, environmental protection and other related fields. The Conference, despite the extenuating circumstances, justified the participants’ expectations and fulfilled the aim.

The Conference Proceedings (hardcover, 514 pages, ISBN 978-86-6305-113-3), edited by Prof. dr Jovica Sokolović and Prof. dr Milan Trumić, included 86 papers from 247 authors and co-authors from 23 countries: Algeria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Mongolia, Northern Macedonia, Cuba, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and Serbia.

Although The Conference was held in this combined or hybrid format, it attracted considerable interest, supported by the fact that a great number of eminent researchers from Serbia and abroad, as well as representatives from various companies, participated in the Conference.

The Conference was organized in the form of plenary lectures, two sessions that included oral presentations, one poster session, and an online session via the Zoom platform. Two plenary lectures were presented by two eminent lecturers. Prof. dr Zhiyon Gao (School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering at the Central South University, China) delivered a lecture on Atomic force microscopy (AFM) force measurement in surface chemistry of mineral flotation via the Zoom platform. Prof. dr Aleksandar Jovović (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade) gave a lecture on Waste and wastewater management as a potential for reduction of GHG emissions. In addition to plenary lectures, two (2) session lectures (lectures by invitation), eighteen (18) oral presentation, and thirty-six (36) poster presentations were presented at the Conference as well.

There were about hundred (100) participants from Serbia and abroad who took part in the Conference. All participants were able to follow the program via the Zoom application. The conference was attended by participants from the following foreign scientific research organizations and institutions: Central South University, School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Changsha, China; CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India; Aryan Institute of Engineering and Technology (BPUT), Bhubaneswar, India; Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Digwadih Campus, Jharkhand, India; University of Oulu, Oulu Mining School, Oulu, Finland; Tallinn University of Technology, Laboratory of Inorganic Materials, Tallinn, Estonia; Geological Survey of Estonia, Department of Geological Resources, Rakvere, Estonia; Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Materials and Environmental Technology, Laboratory of Inorganic Materials, Tallinn, Estonia; Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Mirny Polytechnic Institute (branch) of North-Eastern Federal University, Mirny, Russia; National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Moscow, Russia; Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources of Russian Academy of Sciences (IPKON RAS) named after academician N. V. Mel’nikov, Moskow, Russia; Institute of Industrial North Ecology Problems of the Kola Science Centre of RAS, Apatity, Russia; Erdenet Mining Corporation, Erdenet, Mongolia; Bülent Ecevit University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mining Engineering, Zonguldak, Turkey; Atatürk University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Erzurum, Turkey; Middle East Technical University, Mining Engineering Department, Ankara, Turkey; National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School Mining Engineering and Metallurgy, NTUA Campus, Zographou, Greece; Institute of Geotechnics of the Slovak Academy of Science, Košice, Slovakia; University of Technology of Troyes, CREIDD Research Centre on Environmental Studies & Sustainability, Department of Humanities, Environment & Information Technology (HETIC), France; West University of Timisoara, Department of Biology-Chemistry and Advanced Environmental Research Laboratories, Timisoara, Romania; University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria; Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad, Bulgaria; University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Technology, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Mining Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina; University of Zenica, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Oil Refinery Modriča, Modriča, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Participant and authors from twenty (20) institutions from Serbia participated in the Conference (Technical Faculty in Bor, UB; Faculty of Mining and Geology, UB; Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UB; Technical Faculty, Novi Sad; Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin”, Zrenjanin; Technical Faculty, Leskovac; College of Vocational Studies – Belgrade Polytechnic; Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Mineral Raw Materials, Belgrade; Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade; Research and development Institute Lola Ltd, Belgrade; Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade; Mining and Metallurgy Institute Bor, Bor; Jugo-Impex Ltd, Niš; E-Recycling, Niš; MMBT (Mineral & Mine Backfill Technologies)Ltd, Belgrade; Superlab, Belgrade; Cenex Ltd, Belgrade; Carmeuse (Jelen Do Ltd) Serbia; Moravcem Ltd, Popovac; Public company for underground coal Resavica (JPPEU); and „Vrška Čuka“ Avramica, Grljan, Serbia).

The Conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development of Serbia, and was supported by Jugo-Impeks Ltd, Niš; ERecycling, Niš; and other friends of the Conference, such as SUPERLAB Belgrade, “Jazak” Water, and Tourist Organization of Belgrade.

Several accompanying activities were included in the IMPRC 2021 Conference, such as a gala dinner, a walking tour of Belgrade, and a visit to Milutin Milankovic Association.

The precious contribution of all authors, plenary lecturers, presenters and chair persons of the sessions is highly appreciated. We would like to extend our gratitude to a great number of prominent international scientists, researchers, and company representatives. We also extend our sincere appreciation to the participants and authors from a large number of eminent domestic institutions.

Dear colleagues and participants, all photograph taken at the Conference can be found in the Photo Gallery at the following link

We hope that this was a nice experience for you, and that you will stay in contact with us and other Conference participants.

We are looking forward seeing you again at IMPRC 2023!

Yours sincerely,

President of the Organizing Committee XIV IMPRC 2021
Prof. Dr Jovica Sokolović