Registration and Web shop

Dear guests, we would be delighted if you register for the MINECLOSURE2018 via Conftool. Before you visit our webshop, please select which excursion or work shop you would like to participate in.

The reduced prices for „Early Bird“ are valid until 30.06.2018 (CET 24:00)

Conference Program

In addition to the many lectures on 4th, 6th and 7th September, the conference participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops on 3rd September. For example, Mark Tibbett and Andy Fourie from ACG organize a full-day course with the subject. „Geotechnical systems that  evolve with ecological processes“. Also Beak Consultants GmbH, Gemany and Golder Associates Ltd, Canada will perform a short course.

On 5th September, all conference participants will be able to convince themselves of the successful reclamation and remidiation processes in Germany. For this purpose, conference tours will lead you in the former uranium mining region and in the lignite mining area in the south of Leipzig.
The offered short courses and tours can be found in the directory Program.

In addition to the lectures, tours and short courses, you will have the opportunity to communicate with the authors and conference participants at the barbecue and conference dinner.

Markkleeberg Lake

Markkleeberg Lake

In the coming days, the schedule for the conference presentations will be prepared and posted on the homepage.


Full Paper Review

MINECLOSURE2018 thanks for so many good fullpapers.
In the next few days, every author will get his submission confirmed and the reviewers will keep an eye on the full paper.
Each theme block will be present
at the conference in separate sessions, because of the great number of submissions. So we will have the wide range of mine closure topics in Leipzig.


Accompanying persons program

During the conference, the accompanying persons have the opportunity to visit sights in Leipzig. And that’s what we organize accompanying persons:

Tuesday, 4th September 2018

We start with a tour right through downtown Leipzig. The city center of Leipzig is full of historical and cultural treasures. The wonderful old town around the market and the city hall from the 16th century, are magnets for tourists and locals, who enjoy the romantic atmosphere. The center is also known for its many characteristic passages and courtyards, which were historically used by merchants. The University of Leipzig founded in 1409, Leipzig Main station from the year 1915 and Leipzig prominent opera house from the 17th century are Attractions you must have seen.

University of Leipzig - Central Building Augustusplatz

After time for shopping and individual catering we will leave for the south of Leipzig and visit Part of the “Völkerschlachtdenkmal” – the Monument to the Battle of the Nations. Near Leipzig, the largest battle in Europe prior World War I took place, which was between Napoleonic France and a coalition of Prussia, Russia, Austria and Sweden. This coalition victory ended Napoleon’s presence in Europe.

In the evening you will be at the barbeque in KUBUS Leipzig.

Wednesday, 5th September 2018

You take the excursion tour 1,2 or 3. The full-day excursion will take you to the Erzgebirge or to the beautiful lake landscape in the south of Leipzig.

Thursday, 6th September 2018

Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor, and was once by personal union the family seat of Polish monarchs. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city centre. The controversial American and British bombing of Dresden in World War II towards the end of the war killed approximately 25,000 people, many of whom were civilians, and destroyed the entire city centre. After the war, restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, Johaneum, the Zwinger and the famous Semper Oper. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the museums, go shopping or just enjoy the beautiful city.

To enjoy the dinner in Auerbachskeller we bring you back to Leipzig.

Friday, 7th September 2018

We visit one of the species-richest zoos in Europe, Zoo Leipzig. Founded in the 19th century, today it has become a modern zoological garden with a focus on species-appropriate animal housing. The new tropical building “Gondwanaland” is an attraction for a vast number of tourists every year. It is home for many endangered species.

Before the program ends we will visit the Panometer in Leipzig and discover the RMS TITANIC in a unique 360° Panorama by Yadegar Asisi. The 32 m high Panorama provides visitors with a unique and rare view to the bottom of the Atlantic at approx. 4000 metres depth and shows the wreck of the RMS Titanic on a Panorama area of 3500 square metre. The Panorama focuses less on the actual ship tragedy from 1912 but instead illustrates the limits of human achievement versus the forces of nature. From a 15 m high visitor’s tower, the artist provides a view of the wreck on the ocean floor using an artificial light show at a water depth with no natural light.

The price is 395 Euro, includes transport, entrance fees, barbecue, dinner but not the individual food.

Booking via the online shop


We thank you for the numerous full paper submissions. There is still time until March 31 to submit the papers or exchange submitted papers for the second review.

Review of Abstracts

The organizing team would like to thank the many contributors for the excellent abstracts. We received so, so many abstracts and will complete the review shortly. By mid-January 2018 all submitters will receive an answer.
The successful applicants for posters and presentations will receive a template for creating the full paper. In a second review process, all contributions are subsequently reviewed by a team of experts.

In April 2018, the WEB shop will go online and allow everyone to book the conference tickets.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start to the year 2018.

Freiberg, December 2017

2nd Call for Abstracts

The abstract deadline is extended to 31th October 2017.

Conference themes:

  1. legal, financial, socio-economical and organizational aspects
  2. planning, modelling and monitoring
  3. case studies for mine closure
  4. mine closure and mining infrastructure
  5. mine flooding, balancing of groundwater deficits and pit lakes
  6. hydrogeochemistry, AMD and treatments
  7. geotechnical aspects
  8. biodiversity and ecological aspects
  9. handling of contamination and soil formation
  10. aftercare, marketing, reorganization of land, geotourism

The MINECLOSURE2018 is getting closer. Choose a topic, decide whether you want to make an oral presentation or poster and prepare your abstracts. Please hand in your approximately 400 words abstract as a word- or pdf-file (without a template) to:

The review process is starting soon.

Kind regards and Glückauf!

Conference support

Mineclosure2018 is looking forward to the support of the companies LMBV (Lausitzer and Mitteldeutsche Bergbau-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH) and Wismut GmbH. Both companies are responsible for the restoration and environmental cleanup of the former lignite and uranium mining.

They will ensure that the conference participants are informed about two of Europe’s largest reclamation projects and a visit to the measures will be possible during the conference excursion.

Thanks for support!

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

The abstract deadline is 30th September 2017

Reclamation is an important and inseparable part of mining and compensates for the unavoidable impact of mining activities on nature, landscape and the society. Without this compensation, mining is not possible, neither from the perspective of the approval procedures nor considering the acceptance of society. Unfortunately, this is not common practice in worldwide mining, even in developed countries.

In Germany, there exists an extensive knowledge in closing ore, spat, salt and coal mines, which has been going on for about 25 years, and which determines standards of active mining. The results of the recultivation depend on many factors, in particular on the social, geological and natural environment. MINECLOSURE2018 brings together various sectors, such as active large and small scale mining, abandoned mines, marine mining or illegal mining.

The Bergakademie Freiberg, founded in 1756, is the oldest existing montane educational institution in the world. With over 250 years of tradition, today the Bergakademie Freiberg is a resource university with the principle of sustainable development in research and teaching in order to promote responsible handling and production of natural resources.

In co-operation with the ACG, the Bergakademie Freiberg as the host of the MINECLOSURE 2018 in Leipzig hopes to welcome many experts from authorities, planning companies, universities as well as companies active in mining and reclamation. In addition to the presentations and posters there will be numerous opportunities for professional exchange and insights into successful mining and reclamation in Germany.


Conference themes:

  • legal, financial, socio-economical and organizational aspects
  • planning, modelling and monitoring
  • case studies for mine closure
  • mine closure and mining infrastructure
  • mine flooding, balancing of groundwater deficits and pit lakes
  • hydrogeochemistry, AMD and treatments
  • geotechnical aspects
  • biodiversity and ecological aspects
  • handling of contamination and soil formation
  • aftercare, marketing, reorganization of land, geotourism


Looking forward to seeing you in 2018 in the beautiful Leipzig, Germany!

Kind regards and Glückauf!

Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt