Prof. Dr. Carsten Drebenstedt
TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Host of IMWA2016

Dear Colleagues,

We kindly invite you to the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Mine Water Association. IMWA2016 will be presented by the Technical University of Freiberg and held in Leipzig − both of which are located in the Federal State of Saxony, an important mining region. Mining tradition here dates as far back as 1163, the year when silver was first discovered in Freiberg.

Historically mining for ore in the Ore Mountains and more recently for lignite in Central Germany and the Lusatia region, have had a significant environmental impact. Managing and treating different mine waters is therefore one of the most current and important topics of this region.

Dr. Holger Mansel
IBGW Leipzig
Chair of IMWA2016

In the year 1765, the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg was founded and is thus the oldest still existing mining university in the world. Substantial research and education in the field of mining, as well as environmental sciences has led to technical innovations and the establishment of standard techniques, both in mining and remediation/recultivation.

Exchange of knowledge and experiences through discussions between international experts and young scientists, are the basis for the development of new and efficient technological solutions for dealing with environmental issues connected to mine water.

We would therefore be proud to welcome you to this region, with its long tradition of mining and its great know-how in mine water management technologies.

Yours sincerely,

Carsten Drebenstedt
and Holger Mansel