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Newsletter Number 38
Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) 2012 - 2013 Council
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Council Officers: President: Prof. Zach Agioutantis, Technical University of Crete, Greece President-Elect: Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa President-Elect Designate: Prof. Helmut Mischo, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany Immediate Past President: Prof. Monika Hardygora, Wroclaw University of Technology and President, KGHM CUPRUM, Poland Secretary General: Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, The University of New South Wales, Australia Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer: Dr Ludger Rattmann, RWTH Aachen, Germany Council Members: Member for Oceania: Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, The University of New South Wales, Australia Member for South America: Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Columbia, Columbia Member for Africa: Assoc. Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa Member for Asia: Prof. Pinyo Meechumna, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand Member for North America: Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA Member for Europe: Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany Co-opted Members: o Prof. Günter Fettweis, Montanuniversitat Leoben, Austria
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SOMP News - from the Secretary General
Welcome to this December 2012 SOMP Newsletter, Number 38 in the series. The purpose of these regular Newsletters is to inform members of developments and progress on various SOMP initiatives; to provide a brief account of previous meetings; and to provide news about future meetings and other SOMP activities. This Newsletter is the first to be issued from the new SOMP “management team” – with myself, Bruce Hebblewhite, and Ludger Rattmann having taken over from Mike Karmis and Hans de Ruiter at the July 2012 annual meeting. We both have very big shoes to fill, in following on from the work of these two gentlemen. My first task here therefore is again to formally acknowledge and thank both Mike Karmis and Hans de Ruiter for the tireless and invaluable efforts that both have put into our Society over many years. The “Mike and Hans” team have provided strong and capable leadership and our Society has been greatly strengthened and refreshed through their efforts. Well done to both of you and we look forward to your continuing participation with SOMP in the future. You will also notice some other changes in the SOMP Council membership above. In particular, I would like to welcome our new President for 2012/13, Prof. Zach Agioutantis, from Greece, who has taken over from Monika Hardygora. There are a number of other new names on the Council membership, including Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena from Columbia, who replaces Prof. Mario Cedron Lassus as our representative for South America, and Prof. Helmut Mischo from Freiberg, Germany, as our President-Elect Designate. Welcome to both these people, and a very big thank you to Mario Cedron for his efforts on behalf of the Society over many years.
23rd Annual Meeting - 2012
The 23rd SOMP Annual Meeting (SAM) of The Society of Mining Professors / Societät der Bergbaukunde, which incorporated our Annual General Meeting (AGM), was held in Wroclaw, Poland, from 12 – 16 July 2012. The meeting was extremely successful and was attended by over 73 delegates representing 28 countries, plus 27 accompanying persons. Our 2011/2012 President, Prof. Monika Hardygora, and her team, deserve much credit for conducting a highly successful and one of our best attended annual meetings. Further information from the 2012 meeting, including an extensive gallery of photos can be found on the Society website. Copies of all presentations given at the 2012 meeting are on the website at http://www.mineprofs.org/info/annual_meetings/2012/ . One of the notable innovative aspects of the 2012 SAM was the pre-publication of papers in a special edition of the Polish journal, CUPRUM. Thanks again to our President, Monika, for making this possible. The AGM of the Society was held as a business meeting at the start of the annual meeting (SAM). Society members can review the official minutes of the 2012 business meeting (AGM) by linking to the members-only section (http://www.iidesk.nl/somp/ then enter
username and password and login to the members only section; at the top of that page, click on the link “here” below the first line). One of the major decisions at the AGM was adoption of a new Constitution for the Society, together with a set of Rules and Procedures. Both of these documents will be available on the Society website. A significant announcement at the AGM was the creation of a new SOMP Award approved by the Council, the Ludwig Wilke Award, in honour of the contributions by one of our very long-standing members, Professor Wilke, from Germany. This award will recognise “SOMP members whose research and publications have made significant contributions to the scientific body of knowledge in mining engineering”. Any persons wishing to nominate candidates for this Award should submit a recommendation plus CV of the nominee to the Society, for consideration by the Ludwig Wilke Award Committee. One of the tributes paid by our President Monika at the formal dinner for the 2012 meeting was to recognise all past Society Presidents who were in attendance, together with the next President. This group recognition is shown in the photograph below.
Past and present Presidents of the Society of Mining Professors
2012 Special Member Recognition and Awards
There were two additional special recognition occasions that also took place at the 2012 meeting final dinner. The first of these was the awarding of Emeritus status to our two retiring management team representatives, Prof. Michael Karmis, and Associate Professor Hans de Ruiter. This honour was bestowed by the Society on the recommendation of the Honorifics Committee.
The second recognition occasion was the inaugural award of the Günter Fettweis Award, to recognise “active SOMP members for accomplishments and excellence in education, research, professional service and contributions to the Society”. The 2012 very deserving recipient of this Award was again, Professor Michael Karmis. It was a great privilege to have Professor Fettweis present with us at the dinner and to present the Award. A full transcript of Professor Fettweis’ award speech is attached as an Appendix to this Newsletter.
Professor Karmis being presented with the Günter Fettweis Award by Professor Fettweis – Professor Monika Hardygorna looking on.
New Members – 2012/2013
Since the 2012 annual meeting, I am pleased to advise that we have welcomed a further five new members to the Society: • • • • • Prof. Michael Hitch, University of British Columbia, Canada Prof. Zhongxue Li, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China Dr Wojciech Naworyta, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland Prof. Yuri Vitalyevich Dmitrak, Moscow State Mining University, Russia Prof. Christos Roumpos, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Congratulations and welcome to these new members. We look forward to meeting with you in the future and to your active participation in the Society.
24th Annual Meeting – June 2013 Of course the first future meeting that is hopefully already in the diary of all members is our 24th annual meeting, to be held on Milos in Greece from 26 – 29 June 2013. Planning for this event is well underway, under the leadership of our President Zach, and it promises to be a very worthwhile meeting – both for networking with other members, and learning of many new and exciting initiatives and future challenges in the fields of mining education, mining research and future industry perspectives. We have put out a call for papers under the broad themes of: • Education • Internationally collaborative research endeavours • Capacity building for new mining education programs. Abstracts are due by 15 January, 2013, so please put your thoughts together and submit. The SOMP meeting is being arranged in conjunction with the SDIMI 2013 conference at the same venue, immediately following our meeting. Full details are available through a link on the main SOMP website, or go direct to: http://somp2013.conferences.gr/
25th Annual Meeting – June 2014 2014 will mark our silver anniversary of meetings – 25 years. It is a great pleasure to confirm that the 25th Annual Meeting will be held in South Africa and we are all invited by our President-Elect, Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, to come to South Africa in late June, 2014 for: SOMP 2014 “A Southern Africa Silver Anniversary” Co-hosted by The Department of Mining Engineering, University of Pretoria, and The School of Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
1st SOMP Regional Meeting – South-East Asia (November 2013) Another new initiative that arose out of the April 2012 strategic planning workshop was the concept of regional meetings to suit particular local issues and themes, and to support particular regions, especially in developing areas. We are very pleased to announce that our Council Member for Asia, Prof. Pinyo Meechumna, from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, has agreed to arrange this meeting to be held under the auspices of SOMP. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the ASEAN Geo-Resources Technology Conference being arranged by Chiangmai University. Both meetings will be held in Chiangmai in northern Thailand. The key dates are as follows: • ASEAN Conference: 11-12 November, 2013 • SOMP Regional Meeting: 13-14 November, 2013 • Visit to Mae Moh Lignite Mine (2 hrs drive from Chiangmai): 15 November, 2013 • Optional post-meeting tour to Phuket: 16-18 November, 2013.
2015 and 2016 Annual Meetings Council has given preliminary agreement to the following venues for the 2015 and 2016 annual meetings: • 26th SAM in 2015 – Freiberg, Germany, to be hosted by Prof. Helmut Mischo, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of TU Freiberg. • 27th SAM in 2016 – to be hosted by Prof. Vladislav Kecojevic (West Virginia University), and to be held in south-eastern USA, possibly coinciding with MineExpo in Las Vegas that year. Members should follow the website and advice at the upcoming meetings regarding details of these forthcoming events. Members are also reminded that if they wish to nominate to host future SOMP Annual Meetings (SAM) or a Regional Meeting, they should lodge a formal proposal with the SOMP Secretariat in order for the proposal to be considered by the SOMP Council.
2012/2013 Committee Structure and Membership As part of the special Strategic Planning meeting held in Delft in April, 2012, a review of the SOMP committee structure was undertaken. This included redefining the names and objectives of each Committee, and also reviewing the membership. It was agreed that each Committee should comprise a selected group of “working members” who would be asked to undertake specific tasks throughout the year, and report on their activities at each annual meeting. The objectives of each Committee are listed in the SOMP Rules and Procedures which were ratified at the 2012 AGM. At the time of the annual meetings, it is intended that the committees would meet face to face. Any other SOMP members are welcome to contact the Committee Coordinators at any time of the year to offer suggestions and raise issues. They are also welcome to attend the annual
face to face meetings at the SAMs, as observers and/or contributors. The following is a list of the resultant committee membership for 2012/2013.
Membership Committee (2012-2013):
Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, University of New South Wales, Australia (Coordinator) Prof. Zach Agioutantis, Technical University of Crete, Greece Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa Prof. Helmut Mischo, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany Dr. Ludger Rattmann, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Strategic Planning Committee (2012-2013):
Council Officers: President Elect: Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa (Coordinator) Secretary General: Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, University of New South Wales, Australia President: Prof Zach Agioutantis, Technical University of Crete, Greece Immediate Past President: Prof. Monika Hardygora, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland President Elect Designate; Helmut Mischo, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer: Dr. Ludger Rattmann, RWTH Aachen, Germany Council Members: Member for Oceania: Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, University of New South Wales, Australia Member for Africa: Assoc. Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa Member for North America: Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA SOMP Members: Prof. Oliver Langefeld, Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany Prof. Jenny Greberg, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden Assoc. Professor Mike Buxton, Resource Engineering, Delft, University of Technology, The Netherlands
Education Committee (2012-2013):
Prof. Oliver Langefeld, Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany (Coordinator) Assoc. Prof. Hans de Ruiter, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Dr. Emily Sarver, Virginia Tech, USA Assoc. Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia Dr. Rudrajit Mitra, University of New South Wales, Australia Prof. Piotr Czaja, AGH Krakow, Poland Professor Jorge Loredo, Oviedo School of Mines, University of Oviedo, Spain Prof. Juri Agafonov, Moscow State Mining University, Russia
Research, Development and Industry Committee (2012-2013):
Prof. Monika Hardygora, Wroclaw University of Technology and President, KGHM CUPRUM, Poland (Coordinator ) Prof. Christoph Dauber, TFH Georg Agricola, Germany Dr. Kray Luxbacher, Virginia Tech, USA Prof. Pavol Rybar, Technical University of Košice, Slovakia Assistant Professor Ilija Miskovic, University of Utah, USA Prof. Godfrey Dzinomwa, Polytechnic of namibia, Namibia Dr. Chris Cross, President, The Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO), United Kingdom Dr. Marion Wilde, EU Director General for Energy and Transport, Belgium
Members Development Committee (2012-2013):
Assoc. Prof. Vladislav Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA (Coordinator) Prof. Ingo Valgma, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia Assoc. Prof. Serkan Saydam, University of New South Wales, Australia Dr. Farshad Rashidinejad, Science and Research Campus, IAU, Iran Dr. Deborah Shields, Colorado State Univ. USA and Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Recruitment and Capacity Building Committee (2012-2013):
Assoc. Prof. David Laurence, University of New South Wales, Australia (Coordinator) Prof. Jurgen Kretschmann, TFH-Bochum, Germany Prof. Helmut Mischo, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Prof. Domingo Javier Carvajal Gomez, School of Engineering, University of Huelva, Spain Prof. Pinyo Meechumna, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Honorifics Committee (2012-2013):
Prof. Michael Karmis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA (Coordinator) Assoc. Prof. Hans de Ruiter, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Prof. Horst Gerhardt, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Günter Fettweis Award Committee (2012-2013):
Prof. Michael Karmis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA (Coordinator) Assoc. Prof. Hans de Ruiter, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Prof. Zach Agioutantis, Technical University of Crete, Greece Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Ludwig Wilke Award Committee (2012-2013):
Prof. Michael Karmis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA (Coordinator) Prof. Monika Hardygora, Wroclaw University of Technology and President, KGHM CUPRUM, Poland Prof. Zach Agioutantis, Technical University of Crete, Greece Prof. Oliver Langefeld, Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany
Mining Technology Journal Members are reminded of our commitment to support the Mining Technology Journal as our official SOMP avenue for publications, having replaced our former Mineral Resources Engineering Journal. The SOMP logo now appears on that Journal to recognise our integral connection to it. Members are encouraged therefore to regularly submit papers to that Journal for publication, which will help it to gain even greater international credibility and readership. You are also reminded that your SOMP membership covers your annual subscription to the Journal. You can access the Journal via links on the SOMP website, or alternatively, if you click on the following link, and then click on the Mining Technology link under the heading New Issue Alert, you will be directed to a full set of current and past issues of the journal in electronic form. http://www.ausimm.com.au/content/default.aspx?ID=103
SOMP Roadmap and Strategic Plan Members will recall that a document titled “SOMP Roadmap for the Future” was developed at the Sydney meeting of SOMP in 2009. In subsequent meetings this Roadmap has been reviewed and further developed. It is now time to incorporate the Roadmap plus some of the ideas, initiatives and objectives developed in the April 2012 Delft planning workshop into a more formalised Strategic Plan for our Society. Such plans are important in their own right, but are more important if they are kept as a “living” document that identifies our ideals and objectives and expands on strategies that we as a Society might embark upon to continue to pursue our collective objectives. As such, it will be subject to regular review and updating over time. The first version of this Strategic Plan is expected to be developed by the SOMP management team and the Strategic Planning Committee during 2012/2013, and hopefully be ready for presentation at the 2013 AGM for member review and comment.
Website Updates The website is regularly updated and upgraded to reflect the needs of the membership and to ensure that all appropriate information is included. Members are encouraged to submit com8
ments, questions or suggestions for improvements to our colleague Prof. Zach Agioutantis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that your personal information is correct as it appears on the membership list on the website. In addition to the general meeting information, members can also preview the official minutes of the AGMs by linking to the members-only section. If you have any difficulties accessing your information or the members-only section, please inform Dr Ludger Rattmann at: email@example.com ______________________________ I would like to take this opportunity to convey to all members my best wishes at this time, and all the best for 2013. I hope to see many of you in Milos in June 2013.
Professor Bruce Hebblewhite, Secretary General Society of Mining Professors
Direct Contact: Professor Bruce Hebblewhite Head, School of Mining Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia Ph: +61 2 9385 5160 Mobile: +61 417 267 876 Fax: +61 2 9313 7269 Email: B.Hebblewhite@unsw.edu.au
Society of Mining Professors Mijnbouwstraat 120 2628 RX Delft, The Netherlands Phone: +31(15)278 5001 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Web:www.mineprofs.org
First: „Günter Fettweis Award for Excellence“ for Professor Michael Karmis Address of Professor Günter Fettweis at the 23. Annual Meeting in Wroclaw, 14.7.2012
At first I want to thank you, Mrs. President, very much for your kind introduction and the honourable task, which you have given me. Please allow me, however, before fulfilling this task to say some personal words. It was one thing and, in my opinion, a very good and commendable thing, to create an award of our society, which – according to its idea and intentions – shall recognize “active SOMP members for accomplishments and excellence in education, research, professional service and contributions to the society”. As a member of the society I am thankful for the founding of such an award. But it is another thing, to give this award my name. That is a very very high honour for me, also if one considers my work to found our society. For this high honour I want to say may warmest thanks to everybody who has been involved in this matter, mainly to the members of our council for their final decision in April of this year. It is, as I feel, probably the honour with the highest value, which I have received in my life, because it has been given by colleagues from places all over the world and because it still will be living and in action even after my death. And accordingly my feelings are deep. Many, many thanks again. And now to the task given to me by our president, also in her function as chairperson of the “Günter Fettweis Award Committee”. The most important position in our Society of Mining Professors/Societät der Bergbaukunde is the Secretary General. Our Society has been very lucky with the two Secretaries General who have been in office up to this meeting. The first Secretary General, from the founding of the Society 1990 in Leoben/Austria until the Annual Meeting in 2005 was Professor Tim Shaw from the School of Mines, Imperial College, University London. Tim Shaw was very successfully engaged in the building up of our society and – let me mention it – additionally in collecting much very detailed statistical data about mining education in the world. As Professor in London he has been retired already many years which means he is not any more an active SOMP member in the sense of the guidelines for the Günter Fettweis Award. The second Secretary General, from 2005 until this meeting was Professor Dr. Michael Karmis. He is still Stonie Barker Professor at the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, Virginia and Director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research. The merits of Professor Michael Karmis for our Society are extremely high. From the beginning of his membership in 1992 he was one the most active members, continuously giving innovative ideas. In the time of his presidency, 2002 to 2003, and as Secretary General since 2005 he changed the society from a entity mainly related to Europe and to senior academics to a worldwide general organization in the mining engineering discipline. For
instance therefore the annual meetings of the Society are no longer concentrated in Europe. Indeed Professor Michael Karmis is primarily and fundamentally responsible for “the establishment and development of the scientific and educational relations between higher mining education institutions” in the whole world, which we have achieved in the meantime, and for the degree to which our organization is known and esteemed worldwide. With that Michael Karmis reached that which was his idea for the development of the Society since the beginning of his membership. Let me mention one of his most recent merits: the extensive recommendations which he prepared for the discussion in the Strategic Planning Committee, created by him and for the purpose “to revisit our constitutions, rules, procedures and practices to better prepare and position the Society in the future”. Michael Karmis has always been future minded. The American citizen Michael Karmis is 64 years old. His European origin, which in the end nearly all Americans have, and to which he still has many relations, is very recent and it is the country of Greece. Michael Karmis was born in Athens. Please let me add in this connection the interesting fact that Greece is well known as the origin of the modern western science and civilization. However it is rather unknown that all these Greek developments are due to the biggest mining activity in the Ancient World. It was due namely to the extensive silver mining in the region of Laureon and to the great wealth stemming from this mining to its owner, to the City of Athens. You can still see 2000 shafts in the region of Laureon. So Michael Karmis stands in an old tradition of both science and mining. Michael Karmis earned his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering in the States in 1971 and 1974 respectively. Since 1978 he has been at Virginia Tech. It has to be said that Michael Karmis not only has extraordinary merits for our Society, but he is also an exceptional Professor of Mining Engineering in general. His expertise as professor lies in the areas of mine health and safety, rock mechanics and ground control, mining systems, carbon dioxide sequestration and the sustainable development of energy and mineral resources. He has authored or co-authored 150 scientific papers, and a great number of reports, proceedings volumes and chapters in textbooks. Dr. Karmis has directed 60 major research projects, funded by federal and state agencies of the United States and private companies, totaling over $ 50 million. His research includes interdisciplinary and multi-institutional projects, and significant industry participation. He has advised, as the major advisor, many M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students and has served as advisor to numerous undergraduates in his department. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by the American College of Engineering and has received numerous certificates of Teaching Excellence and other teaching commendations. Dr. Karmis has also been active in consulting with the minerals industry, consulting companies, government organizations and legal firms. Not the least of his achievements, Michael Karmis is also strong in professional leadership outside of the Society. He served as the 2002 President of the big American Society of Mining and Exploration (SME) with about 14,000 members and in 2009 he served as the President of the higher organization, namely of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He is currently serving as Trustee and Vice President of the
United Engineering Foundation (UEF). Michael Karmis is a Distinguished Member of the SME, an Honorary Member of the AIME, a Fellow of the American Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the American Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has received numerous recognitions and awards by major scientific, professional and industrial organizations, including recently a Doctor honouris causa of the Moscow State Mining University. And now Professor Karmis is to receive the first Günter Fettweis Award of Excellence of our Society of Mining Professors/Societät der Bergbaukunde. The Günter Fettweis Award Committee, composed of the President and the President-Elect in office and the Deputy Secretary General, decided this unanimously. It did this in accordance with several proposals including the proposal of the more or less inofficial “'Old Mens Committee” which has been the Emeritus Award Committee of our Society, to which Tim Shaw, Ludwig Wilke and I belong. And the Council of our Society agreed fully to the decision of the Award Committee. For me it is a great honour and also a pleasure to proclaim this here in the name of our president and to give the following address: Dear Professor Dr. Michael Karmis! Dear Mike! The Council of our Society of Mining Professors/Sozietät der Bergbaukunde honours you with the “Günter Fettweis Award of Excellence 2012”. It is given primarily for you remarkable contributions to the development of our Society, mainly in your function as Secretary General, but also for you as Professor of Mining in general. The “Günter Fettweis Award” was created definitively in April of this year. So you are its first recipient. I have been given the task to say this to you and to give you, together with our President, two things. The first is a document as information of your honour. (See annex) And the second thing which is given to you is a small miner's lamp on which there is a plaque where also your honour has been written. Dear friend, Prof. Dr. Karmis, dear Mike! Please let me add personally my most cordial congratulations to your highly deserved honour. And please continue your interests and efforts for our Society. Dear Mrs. President! I hope I was able to fulfill my task to your satisfaction. Please allow me to say shortly some additional words, which I want to do in my functions as some kind of Senior, as the oldest attending member, 87 years old, and as founder of our Society. Firstly I have an urgent personal need to do something in addition to that which has been done already by Tim Show. I want to say very, very warm thanks to our colleague Prof. Hans De Ruiter from the Netherlands. For 15 years he has been Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer of our Society, from 1997 until 2012. Without his farsighted and unremitting work, done very modestly, partly in the background, the Society would not be what it is. Prof. Hans De Ruiter retired last year as Professor at the University of Delft, so he is, according to the rules, not a candidate for our new award, but he is now – as has been given to him at this meeting - an Emeritus Professor of the Society. Have many, many thanks, dear
Hans, for all you have done unflaggingly for our Society. Secondly I want to give my very best wishes to the new officers of our Society: to Professor Zach Agioutantis from Crete as President, to Professor Bruce Hebblewhite from Sidney as Secretary General, who has already made important contributions to the life of the Society, and to our colleague Oberat Dr. Ludger Rattmann from the Aachen University in Germany, living privately in the Netherlands where our Society has its legal seat, as Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer. Please Mrs President allow me furthermore to thank you very, very much for the excellent preparations and for leading our meeting this year including the splendid evenings yesterday and today. I finish with the miners salute in the German speaking countries “Glück auf” to all of you in this room, which means have luck in your Profession and in your life: Glück auf. And at the end I thank you for your attention.
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