Thursday 30 May - Day Two

08:15
Registration and welcome coffee

08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Chris Vernon
Critical Minerals Leader – Green Minerals Technologies Leader
CSIRO

09:00
Unlocking the future of critical mineral deposits through the development of new extraction and processing technology
  • Evaluating current developments for extraction and processing to improve this fast-paced industry
  • Optimising processing techniques to meet the demands of future critical mineral needs
  • Exploring cutting-edge technologies for sustainable extraction and processing

Travis Baroni
Head of Technology – Battery Minerals
Rio Tinto

Harnessing opportunities in battery development and growth
09:30
Critical minerals' role in battery technology and clean energy
  • Increasing energy density storage for high-performance batteries to extend the life cycle of energy storage solutions
  • Advancing renewable solutions to stabilise large-scale energy storage in grid applications
  • Improving battery longevity while addressing ethical sourcing challenges to decrease reliance on virgin resources and increase clean energy adoption

Scott Winter
Managing Director
Critical Minerals Group

10:00
Taking advantage of Australia’s battery opportunity
  • Reviewing the demand outlook of batteries
  • Understanding Australia’s place in the battery supply chain
  • Supporting Australian battery industries to grow and compete with global battery industries

Sam McLean
Senior Manager, Business Development and Policy
Tesla

10:30
Morning Tea and Networking

11:00
Encouraging international investment in midstream to downstream processing and manufacturing sectors
  • Exploring collaborative development opportunities that bridge international partnerships in the processing and manufacturing of critical minerals
  • Building robust frameworks to enhance the resilience and competitiveness of international investments in this area
  • Examining techniques to attract and engage international investors in downstream processing and manufacturing ventures

Kirk McDonald
Project Manager – Supercharge Australia
New Energy Nexus

11:30
Project spotlight

Interested in speaking here?

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Navigating market fluctuations and downturns
11:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can mining companies and government navigate the challenges of the recent market downturn for energy-transition metals?
  • How can mining companies mitigate financial risks from recent market volatility in energy-transition metal prices?
  • How might the recent mining sector downturn, particularly for metals in EV battery production, impact the long-term global shift to EVs and renewable energy?
  • In light of recent challenges like project stalling and financial struggles, what role could alternative financing and investment sources play in sustaining and reviving mining projects?
  • Given the current surplus in battery metal markets and the forecasted shortages by the end of the decade, what can be done to ensure a stable and sustainable supply chain for these essential materials in the future?

Moderator:

Chris Vernon
Critical Minerals Leader – Green Minerals Technologies Leader
CSIRO

Panellists:

Tim Buckley
Director
Climate Energy Finance

Joel Crane
Investor Relations/Commercial Manager
Cobalt Blue Holdings

Xuanyu Yang
Acting Manager
Trade and Investment Queensland

Rob Wilson
Head of Western Australia and Resources
Clean Energy Finance Corporation

12:20
Lunch and Networking

Attracting investment while minimising risk
13:20
Attracting the scale of global investments needed for the rapid growth of mineral extraction in Australia
  • Analysing the investment appetite for green and brownfield investments
  • Prioritising project investment and financing
  • Examining the status, potential size, timing, project economics and likelihood of developments

Amanda Copping
Chief Investment Officer
Export Finance Australia

13:50
Exploring risk for investors and junior explorers
  • Assessing and understanding risks associated with critical mineral investments and new projects
  • Developing strategies to minimise risk from an investor and junior explorer perspective
  • Creating a systematic approach to risk management for investors and junior miners

Xuanyu Yang (pending final approval)
Acting Manager
Trade and Investment Queensland

14:20
Project spotlight

Interested in speaking here?

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14:35
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can investors leverage insights to build up the industry
  • How are critical minerals attracting investments compared to other mineral mining?
  • How can financial and investment mechanisms be optimised to support the development of critical mineral supply chains in Australia and globally?
  • What market trends and demand drivers should be considered when making investment decisions in the critical minerals sector?

Moderator:

Nick Rees
Managing Director
Bridgend Capital Advisory

Panellists:

Frank van Rooyen
Senior Director, Investment
Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility

Demus King
General Manager, Trade, Investment and Investor Relations
Mineral Council of Australia

Dylan Kelly
Head Analyst
Terra Capital

15:10
Afternoon Tea and Networking

Harnessing technology & downstream opportunities
15:40
Leveraging AI and machine learning for enhanced geological data analysis
  • Deep diving into AI/ML strategy design in mining
  • Showcasing machine learning models used to predict gas emissions and increase safety when mine planning
  • Examining the geotechnical risks and cavities prediction through geological and operational data and deep learning

Moe Amanzadeh
Superintendent Data Science
Anglo American

16:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: What is the future of the critical minerals downstream industry in Australia?
  • What is required to build up Australia’s critical mineral downstream and manufacturing opportunities?
  • How can Australia leverage international partnerships to enhance the competitiveness of its critical mineral downstream and battery industry?
  • How can the Australian government encourage private sector involvement in the critical mineral downstream sector? 
  • What opportunities and challenges exist for the Australian workforce in the downstream sector of critical minerals?

Moderator:

Chris Vernon
Critical Minerals Leader – Green Minerals Technologies Leader
CSIRO

Panellists:

Dr Lynette Molyneaux
Director
Advanced Materials and Battery Council

Robert Williamson
Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer
Alpha HPA

17:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & conference adjourns