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2011.01 WIM January February 2011 Newsletter

By 20/12/2010November 16th, 2017Newsletter

Dear Women in Mining,

We wish you happy holidays and a very happy and successful year in 2011!

2010 was an exciting year for Women in Mining, culminating with the launch of the Women in Mining website and our presence at Mines and Money London 2010. We would like to once again thank the many Women in Mining members who supported us in 2010, volunteered as Committee members or contributed to the success of the Women in Mining Stand and Reception at Mines and Money.

In 2011, we hope to improve our services to WIM members, increase our visibility in the industry and strengthen our relationships with universities, industry bodies, other women’s groups and supporting businesses. To achieve all of these goals, we need your participation more than ever: the Membership, Education, Publications and Events Committees will be kicking off the new year with enthusiasm and need more volunteers, so please get in touch! We are also still looking for additional sponsorship.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the exciting WIM events coming up in 2011!

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events for Q1 and Q2 2011

We have a great calendar of events planned, including seminars by the World Gold Council, Simmons & Simmons and Anglo American, the Women in Energy Day and a number of informal drinks. Read more…

19 January 2011—WIM Breakfast Seminar—World Gold Council

Aram Shishmanian, Chief Executive of the World Gold Council (WGC), will be speaking to us about the purpose and activities of WGC, the market development organisation of the gold industry. Read more…

16 February 2011—WIM Informal Drinks—Deloitte

We look forward to seeing you there: this is a great opportunity to catch up and meet other WIM members in the relaxed atmosphere of evening drinks. Read more…

20 January 2011—IOM3 MinSouth Iron Ore Day

Iron Ore Day, the 32nd in a series of mineral Commodity Days organised for IOM3 by MinSouth and supported by the AMA, follows the path of the metal through exploration, mining, processing and global trading. Experts from all sectors will present each stage of the industry. Organisers are offering WIM members the same registration discount as the one available for their members: to benefit from the discounted fee of £50, please indicate your WIM membership on the registration form. Read more…


Women in Mining is online! 

We now have a website dedicated to the UK Women in Mining network! All the information you need from Women in Mining will now be online: a description of the organisation and its objectives, updates on our structure and key projects, the events calendar, an archive of all previous newsletters and seminar reports… and much more!

Members’ Zone

The website includes an interactive Directory. We are planning to transition to an online community in the coming months, using this as our main line of communication: each of you will need to register in order to remain on WIM mailing lists.

The Directory is at the core of the website’s Members’ Zone, which also includes live forums and allows communications between members via messaging and creating groups focusing on shared interests: we hope this will greatly facilitate contacts between members and be a useful networking tool and contacts database for you: the success of this tool depends on you, so please visit the Members’ Page to register today!

Data protection and privacy

Although most of the website content is public, access to the Members’ Zone is restricted to registered members and requires a personal password: we have taken every precaution to ensure that personal information is secure, including storing it in encrypted form. For more information, please refer to our revised Code of Conduct which will also refer you to the website’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.


We will continue to include in our online calendar a variety of events focusing on mining or career-related topics which we think may be of interest to members. These events take place throughout the UK and cost £50 or less to attend. If you organise or hear about any event that may be of interest for other WIM members, please let us know!

Please share any questions or comments by emailing us at we need your feedback to make this the useful networking and information tool Women in Mining deserve!

In case you missed it, we report on…

Mines and Money London 2010

Mines and Money London 2010 was a huge success for Women in Mining! Our stand on the Exhibition Floor allowed us to really showcase our organisation and its objectives, achievements and projects the many visitors who stopped by. We took this opportunity to unveil our new logo as well as our website: both got a lot of attention and positive feedback! For Women in Mining, the highlight of Mines and Money was the Champagne Reception we hosted, which was a fantastic event, with more than 200 people in attendance. Click here to read our full report, including access to Mines and Money presentations and interviews from Reuters Insider TV.

WIM Seminar—17 November 2010—Golder Associates

There is an increasing pressure upon mines to balance their own water security against the need to provide protection to local community water supplies. This is particularly prevalent in Africa and Eastern Europe where water shortages are a very tangible concern year on year, and are expected to worsen as a result of climate change. Identifying cost effective measures to protect both the quantity and the quality of surface and groundwater reserves within areas affected by mining is therefore a key challenge: Karen Dingley, UK Surface Water Manager and Senior Water Engineer with Golder Associates (UK), discussed how experience of sustainable urban design can be applied to mine sites to achieve this.  Read more…

Other Events

FINEX’10 (October 2010) bridges the interface between the financial sector and those driving mineral exploration through innovation, leadership, R&D, and training. Katie Bray reports on the conference. Read more…

The BRASS Centre and the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit convened academics, representatives of NGOs and mining organisations for a conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractive Sector (October 2010). Read more…

Other News

Getting to know you…

The network’s members are a good representation of the diversity in the mining industry: each month, we get to know one or two members, and their profession, a little better. Meet Lucy Roberts, Senior Resource Geologist with SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd. Read more…

Focus on… Rare Earths

Rare Earths have been the subject of much attention from all participants in the mining and minerals industry of late. Reuters Insider investigates this trend and the underlying combination of industrial requirements, resource nationalism and investor interest. Click here for Reuters Insider TV interviews.

AMA membership offer for Women in Mining

The Association of Mining Analysts (AMA) offers the opportunity to all members of Women in Mining to become Associate Members of the AMA for an annual fee of £10 (instead of £50). This applies to new AMA members only. Click here for more information and to register.

Find more News and Information on our “Other News” page!