On December 11, I had the opportunity to participate in the 101st Meeting of The World Mining Congress International Organizing Committee. This year, the event was hosted by the Russian National Organizing Committees. The World Mining Congress (WMC) was founded in 1958 when prof. Bolesław Krupiński – an outstanding Polish scientist and mining engineer, organized the first congress in Warsaw. Prof. Krupiński was the President of the WMC until 1972. Currently, the Chairman of the World Mining Congress is the Dean of Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering AGH-UST, prof. Marek Cała.
In the first part of the meeting, I saw how big the organization is – 42 member countries, each country has its branch, which translates into over 140 active members. After a ceremonial welcome, approval of the new members who will be members of the National Organizing Committees from this meeting took place.
Later, representatives of member institutions presented reports on the current state of the mining industry. The meeting lasted over four hours, during the second part the floor was given to representatives of the National Organising Committees, including Russia, China, India, the United States, Turkey, Austria and Poland. I admit that this is an optimistic end of the year, seeing that despite the current pandemic, most of the speakers presented quite encouraging results.
I regret that I did not have the opportunity to meet face to face all the participants. Still, I may have the opportunity during the 102nd Meeting of The World Mining Congress International Organizing Committee, which will take place in the first quarter of 2021. Time will tell.
Dean’s Representative for Promotion,