European Metallurgical Conference 2023 in retrospect

The CCD Sued, location of EMC-2023 and the presidents of GDMB, Dr. Peter Weber, HATCH Küttner GmbH and Dr. Eric Becker, Aurubis AG
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Key Notes from Research, Industry and Government

Salute by Mona NEUBAUR, Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of the State of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany
Fotos (beide): Messe Düsseldorf / Protokoll

More than 300 visitors!

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EMC-2023 truly international!

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A vibrant and diverse Community

Chair Dr.-Ing. Josephine Mueller, voestalpine and the speakers Gaelle BUTIN and Yannan WANG, KU Leuven

22% of participants were female, 22% of speakers were female and 25% of chair seats were taken by women.

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Cutting-edge content!

Dr. Jörg Hammerschmidt, Outotec GmbH & Co KG, Nikolaus Borowski, SMS group, GER and Takashi MURATA, PhD MSc, WASEDA University, Japan

High-end quality of papers and presentation thanks to the Scientific Comittee of Montan University Leoben (chaired by Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. mont. Helmut Antrekowitsch and co-chaired by DI Dr. mont. Eva Gerold)
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Lively discussions!

Univ.-Prof. Walter FRENZ, RWTH Aachen  and Dr.-Ing. Sabina GRUND, International Zinc Association
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The spirit of creative minds!

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A positive atmosphere!

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Attractive side events

Community events on roof top of a skyscraper and in revitalized industrial building
The View on top of Melia Hotel and the show highlight during the festive evening in Dr. Thompson’s
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European Metallurgical Conference 2023

June 11th – 14th 2023

European Metallurgical Conference 2023

Organizer: GDMB Gesellschaft der Metallurgen und Bergleute e.V.
Paul-Ernst-Strasse 10, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany;
President: Dr. Peter Weber,
Managing Partner (CEO), Küttner GmbH & Co KG

European Metallurgical Conference 2023

CCD Congress Center Duesseldorf
Stockumer Kirchstrasse 61, 40474 Duesseldorf, Germany

European Metallurgical Conference 2023

KEY NOTES (June 12th 2023, Energie)
Sven BECKER, State Chair of BDEW North Rhein-Westphalia und Spokesman for Trianel GmbH
Max GIERKINK, Manager Energiewissenschaftliches Institut, Cologne Universiy, Germany

European Metallurgical Conference 2023

KEY NOTES (June 13th 2023, production focus)
Miguel PALACIOS, EVP General Metallurgy, Atlantic Copper, S.L.U.
Dr. Heiko ARNOLD, COO Custom Smelting & Products, Aurubis AG

European Metallurgical Conference 2023

KEY NOTES (14. Juni 2023, Prozesses)
Nils VOERMANN, Global Managing Director, Technology, Hatch Ltd
Prof. Dr. Christoph HILGERS, Applied Geo Sciences and THINKTANK Industrial Resources Strategy, Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT)

European Metallurgical Conference 2023

Head of scientific committee: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Helmut Antrekowitsch, MU Leoben, Austria
Deputy: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Eva Gerold, MU Leoben, Austria


Post-reporting of the European Metallurgical Conference 2023

The European Metallurgical Conference 2023 (EMC-2023) took place between June 11th and 14th 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany. More than 300 Metallurgists of the non-ferrous industry sector met to present latest findings and discuss requirements of the industry. Speakers traveled from as far as Taiwan and Japan, Australia, South and West Africa, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. to meet European non-ferrous metallurgists in Duesseldorf. And Europe was represented by participants from basically every country of the European Union.

The Maxime “Towards carbon-free and self-reliant energy supply for metallurgical processes” was resonated in more than 100 presentations. Plenary speeches focused on enablers for mobility and energy transition projects, namely Hydrogen, Lithium and De-carbonization. The broad portfolio of metallurgical research areas required a setup of three parallel sessions, which were usually very well attended. Some presentations attracted so many listeners that late-comers had to stretch their necks and listen from the door sill. The humming of lively discussions filled the floors over coffee breaks and lunch time.

The interesting program was assembled by Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Helmut Antrekowitsch and Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Eva Gerold, both working at the Montan University of Leoben, Austria. Both paid special attention the international dimension of the EMC-2023, a well-balanced mix of topics and high quality of papers. Beyond this, they managed to demonstrate a diverse, young and vibrating non-ferrous metallurgical industry. 25% of all speakers were female, mostly young and fully competitive. 22% of chair seats were taken by woman and which is exactly the share of women in the over number of participants.

All over, the EMC-2023 was a mayor success. GDMB is sincerely grateful for all the support it received, starting by its Sponsors Hatch Küttner GmbH, Aurubis AG, Befesa Zinc Duisburg GmbH, Metso Oy, SMS groups GmbH, Nordenham Metall GmbH, Wieland-Werke AG und Nickelhütte Aue GmbH, giving also a big hand to all co-sponsors TMS, METEC & 6th ESTAD, IOM3, SAIMM, MetSoc, REWIMET, Messe Duesseldorf and Messe Karlsruhe, all participants, key note speakers & speakers, chairs, to the Scientific Committee, the Presidents and all other stakeholder.

A big THANK YOU! to all participants, contributers, sponsors and stakeholders!


Headed by: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Helmut Antrekowitsch, MU Leoben


Program EMC 2023
(subject to modificatons)


CCD Congress Center Duesseldorf,
Stockumer Kirchstraße 61,
40474 Duesseldorf, Germany


Registration opens on March 1st 2023

Key facts

Organizer GDMB Gesellschaft der Metallurgen und Bergleute e.V.

Location CCD Congress Center Duesseldorf Stockumer Kirchstraße 61 40474 Duesseldorf; Germany

Date June 11th – 14th, 2023

Formats On-Site & Remote

Contacts GDMB, Paul-Ernst-Straße 10 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld +49 5323 937933


20.02.2023 Raw version paper (authors)

01.03.2023 Registration opens (all)

24.04.2023 Final version paper (authors)

06.05.2023 Early-Bird period ends (all)

15.05.2023 Application free-entry tickets (students)

20.05.2023 Order deadline printed proceedings (all)

22.05.2023 Submission of presentation, Short-CV (presenters)

12.06.2023 Download conference papers, on daily baisis (all)


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SMS Group


Bright World of Metals

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The Bright World of Metals

TMS is a member-driven, professional society that connects thousands of minerals, metals, and materials scientists, engineers, and students worldwide.

TMS creates networking, publication, and professional development opportunities by convening international conferences, publishing books and journals, administering awards, conducting courses, and convening the professional community to address issues of common concern.

To learn what TMS membership can do for you, visit


The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) is a professional engineering, environmental and scientific institution, a registered charity and governed by a Royal Charter.

IOM3 supports professionals in materials, minerals, mining and associated technical disciplines to be champions of the transition to a low-carbon, resilient & resource efficient socienty. It seeks to be the best professional membership body it can be by providing modern, flexible services; quality technical content; and value for money.

IOM3 activities promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse. Visit for more information.


Constituted as a Society in 1967, the Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) is one of the four societies and five divisions making up the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum. In October of 2010, the Society adopted its new name The Metallurgy and Materials Society. It is composed of six technical sections, representing the technical diversity of the metals, minerals and materials community, and of four standing committees dedicated to the various member services of the Society.

The main purpose of the sections is to create forums for the sharing of ideas or the analysis of problems. Representatives of each section are responsible for the organization of technical meetings and symposia to deal with current issues in their area of expertise. These events occur at the Annual Conference of Metallurgists, the Hydrometallurgy Annual Meeting, and the CIM Annual General Meeting or at specific international symposia and regional meetings. Visit for more information.


The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source information about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.

SAIMM key objectives are to identify the needs of its members and to initiate and give effect to the means whereby the requirements of technological and scientific knowledge of the minerals and metals section of the South African economy are satified; and furthermore to represent and promote the interests of its members. To see what SAIMM can do for you, visit



REWIMET is a network of companies, scientific institutions and local authorities. The members employ approx. 18,000 people and have an annual turnover of approx. EUR 4.8 billion.

REWIMET stands for the recycling of economically strategic metals and other important raw materials, for innovation and exchange in the metal recycling industry among businesses, science and local authorities. If we want to implement a circular economy, we need a lot of innovations to break away from the linear economy. This idea is embodied in REWIMET. For further information visit