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British experts visit Chile to participate in international workshop on lithium

The Embassy in Santiago collaborated with IWLiME to support 6 UK researchers and industry representatives that participated in the workshop.

During the panel discussion at the British residence, participants shared insights into current industry and academic interactions occurring in the UK with the support of the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.
During the panel discussion at the British residence, participants shared insights into current industry and academic interactions occurring in the UK with the support of the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge.

The 5th International Workshop on Lithium, Industrial Minerals and Energy (IWLiME) took place in Santiago on 1 to 3 October. The event was organised by the:

  • British Embassy
  • Universidad de Antofagasta
  • Lithium and Industrial Materials Advanced Research Centre (CELIMIN)
  • Universidad Católica del Norte
  • Universidad de Santiago

The Embassy in Santiago collaborated with the IWLiME organisers to support the 6 UK researchers and industry representatives that participated in the workshop. They were:

  • Dr. Clare Grey, Professor and Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge / Member of the Faraday Institution
  • Dr. Sai Shivareddy, Director of Batteries, Talga Research
  • Dr. Evi Petavratzi, Senior Mineral Commodity Geologist, British Geological Survey
  • Dr. Christopher Broadbent, Fellow and Research Director at Wardell Armstrong. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Martin Rosser, CEO, Alexander Mining
  • Dr. Nicholas Welham, Technical Consultant, Alexander Mining

Networking event at the British Residence

Following the first day of the workshop sessions, Her Majesty’s Ambassador Jamie Bowden hosted a welcome event for all IWLiME national and international delegates.
Following the first day of the workshop sessions, Her Majesty’s Ambassador Jamie Bowden hosted a welcome event for all IWLiME national and international delegates.

Following the first day of the workshop sessions, Her Majesty’s Ambassador Jamie Bowden hosted a welcome event for all IWLiME national and international delegates. During his opening words HMA Jamie Bowden said:

The IWLiME is a great opportunity to explore new collaborations and build on existing academic and industry connections. The UK and Chile have a common interest of further strengthening international applied research networks and developing new innovative technologies in the fields of lithium, industrial minerals and energy.

The Ambassador’s welcome words were followed by a brief panel session with the UK experts participating in IWLiME facilitated by Prof. Mario Grágeda from the Universidad de Antofagasta and Francisco Calderón from the Universidad Católica del Norte.

During the panel discussion, participants shared insights into current industry and academic interactions occurring in the UK with the support of the Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge as well as discussed the importance of developing advanced human capital in the lithium and electro mobility sectors.

Dr. Clare Grey stated how developing research capacities in the areas of lithium, energy and electro mobility “is not just about batteries but also niche technologies”.

International workshop

Dr. Clare Grey, Professor and Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge / Member of the Faraday Institution, presented at the workshop.
Dr. Clare Grey, Professor and Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge / Member of the Faraday Institution, presented at the workshop.

The 3 day International Workshop on Lithium, Industrial Minerals and Energy (IWLiME) in Santiago included UK presentation topics such as:

  • demand and supply of lithium for electric vehicles and energy storage, from the British Geological Society
  • Can Europe Produce Lithium?: Current European Research, from Wardell Armstrong/IOM3

The workshop concluded with the short course ‘Hard rock ore processing for lithium production’ facilitated by Alexander Mining.

Further information

Contact Heather Goodale, Green Growth and Climate Change Officer, British Embassy, Santiago for more information on this event.

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Published 26 October 2018