Keynote speakers

Array Jürgen Kretschmann � D. Klingenburg

Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola (THGA), Germany 

Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann completed his secondary education at the Max Planck Gymnasium. After studying business administration in Aachen, Bochum and Dortmund, he was awarded a doctoral degree in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) in Göttingen in 1990. His habilitation followed at the RWTH Aachen University in 1998, specialising in georesources and materials science, after which he worked as a lecturer. In 2005, Jürgen Kretschmann was appointed Adjunct Professor at RWTH.
From 1990 to 2001, Prof. Kretschmann held various management positions at Ruhrkohle AG, most recently as personal advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Labour Director of the RAG. In 2001, he joined RAG BILDUNG GmbH as a member of the management board. Since 2006, he is chairperson of the management board of DMT-Gesellschaft für Lehre und Bildung GmbH and president of the Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola University in Bochum.
Prof. Kretschmann is a member of numerous national and international professional bodies, currently (2018/19) President of the Society of Mining Professors.
serkan-saydam-1 Prof. Serkan SaydamSchool of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW, Sydney

Professor Serkan Saydam received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Serkan joined the School of Mining Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. In addition, he established research collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Kennedy Space Center. A key focus of his research is to address the current needs and future challenges faced by the mining industry. These are generally very complex engineering problems, as mining environments become more extreme and constraints are imposed due to increasing social, environmental, and health and safety standards.His fields of research include ground control, mine planning & design, new mining methods and off-Earth mining.
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