3rd September 2018

07:30 Registration,                                                                                                            08:15 Workshops                                                                                                                      17:00 Welcome Reception (Music: The Age of Aquarius, Hamburg, Germany)

4th September 2018

09:00 Opening Ceremony, Keynotes and Parallel Sessions                                                  18:30 Barbecue (Music: Kristian Schulze and The Syndicate, Freiberg, Germany)

5th September 2018

Mid-Conference Excursions

6th September 2018

08:30 Parallel Sessions, Poster Session                                                                                19:00 Conference Dinner

Auerbachs Keller, Grimmaische Str. 2-4, 04109 Leipzig                                                     (Amusement: Alfonso López-Escobar Rituerto)


7th September 2018

08:30 Parallel Sessions                                                                                                    14:20 Summary and Closing Ceremony, Farewell ~ 16:30


Patron’s Statement

Patron’s Statement for the Mine Closure Conference 2018

Michael Kretscmer
Picture: Pawel Sosnowski

Welcome to the Free State of Saxony!

Centuries of mining here gave rise to the saying “Everything comes from the mines”. Oar mining and metallurgy created enormous wealth, because they set manufacturing and science on an ascending trajectory.
Until this very day, the centuries of mining impact the economic development of our country. The world’s oldest scientific mining institution, the Bergakademie Freiberg, has been transformed into The University of Resources. Its research powers Saxony’s advanced manufacturing businesses e.g. in the semiconductor industry.
While most mining activities in the Ore Mountains have ceased, this region is today Saxony’s industrial heartland. In a similar fashion, the end of open-cast lignite mining after the depletion of coal fields has been the starting point of post-industrial development in the Leipzig and Lusatia regions. The moonscapes left by the mining industry have been transformed into beautiful seascapes that attract tourists and water sports enthusiasts from far and near, giving rise to a burgeoning tourism industry.
So Saxony has amassed a great wealth of knowledge and experience in managing the structural change from a mining-centered economy toward high-tech and service sector businesses. We heavily draw on these experiences when we now tackle the task of transforming the economy of the Lusatia region while the end of open-cast lignite
mining there is still decades away. In managing this complicated process, the Saxon government receives support from the federal government and the EU and commits to develop a concept for a lowcarbon yet economically viable regional economy.
Moreover, our knowledge of how to remediate former mining sites and spur new economic development is in great demand elsewhere. The Mine Closure conference’s coming to Leipzig, Saxony is for me a sign of this keen interest in our experience. I therefore send my best wishes for a successful conference as well as insightful lectures and excursions to the Leipzig Lake District.
Glück auf!

Schriftliches Grußwort des Sächsischen Ministerpräsidenten
zur Mine Closure Conference in Leipzig, 3.-7.9.2018
Sehr geehrte Tagungsgäste!
Herzlich willkommen im Freistaat Sachsen! Jahrhundertelang galt die Redensart „Alles kommt vom Bergwerk her“. Abbau und Verhüttung von Erz schufen Wohlstand, weil Handwerk, Industrie und Wissenschaft einen großen Aufschwung nahmen.
Bis heute prägt der Bergbau die Entwicklung unseres Landes. Die älteste Montanhoch- schule der Welt, die TU Bergakademie Freiberg, ist heute als Ressourcenuniversität ein Motor der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung beispielsweise in der sächsischen Halbleiterindustrie. Nachdem der Bergbau im Erzgebirge weitgehend zum Erliegen gekommen ist, hat sich diese Region zum industriellen Herzland und Rückgrat Sachsens entwickelt. Das Ende vieler Braunkohlentagebaue in der Lausitz und um Leipzig war zugleich der Beginn einer Entwicklung hin zu starken Dienstleistungsregionen. Aus den Mondlandschaften, die der Tagebau hinterlassen hat, sind attraktive Seenlandschaften geworden, die Erholungssuchende und Wassersportler aus Nah und Fern anziehen.
Diese Erfahrungen mit erfolgreichem Strukturwandel stehen uns vor Augen, wenn es nun darum geht, den Strukturwandel in der Lausitz voranzubringen, bevor dort in einigen Jahrzehnten die Kohleförderung endet. Sachsen hat dabei die Bundesregierung sowie die Europäische Union an ihrer Seite. Gemeinsam entwickeln wir Konzepte für eine kohlenstoffarme und dennoch tragfähige Wirtschaft. Zugleich wird das Wissen um Bergbausanierung, die Entwicklung der Folgelandschaften und den Strukturwandel zu einer international gefragten Ressource. Dass die Mine Closure Conference in diesem
Jahr in Leipzig stattfindet, sehe ich als Ausdruck der Neugier auf unsere Erfahrungen. Ich habe deshalb sehr gerne die Schirmherrschaft übernommen und wünsche Ihnen allen lehrreiche Tage in Leipzig und Umgebung!
Glück auf!

Michael Kretschmer
Ministerpräsident des Freistaates Sachsen                                                                       Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony


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)

Short course 2 – BEAK

Course 2:

Advangeo®: Artificial neural networks for analyzing and predicting geological and geotechnical process – background, software and application examples


Geological and geotechnical processes such as soil liquefaction, slope instabilities, soil erosion and mineral deposit formation are results of complex interactions in geological systems controlled by multiple parameters. The analysis and prediction of these processes faces serious problems because of complex and often unclear cause – effect relationships preventing the application of mathematical rules and relationships for process description. In this environment, self-learning methods of artificial intelligence show exclusive strengths for establishing respective models usable for process prediction. The course introduces the attendee into the background of artificial neural network data analysis, and its application for analyzing and predicting instability processes in mining waste, slope instabilities and prediction of mineral occurrences for more sustainable natural resource management. Together with the presenter, the attendees create real models and apply them for prediction purposes.

Course presenters

Dr. Mandy Schipek, MSc Geoecology, PhD Hydrogeology

Beak Consultants GmbH, Freiberg: Project Manager Hydrogeology & Geohazards 


Peggy Hielscher, MSc Geology

Beak Consultants GmbH, Freiberg: Project Manager Machine Learning



07:30   Registration

08:30   Session 1

  • What are artificial neural networks (ANN)?
  • Application of ANN in a spatial and geological environment
  • Application examples
  • Advangeo® software

10:30   Morning break

11:00   Session 2: Waste pile stability analysis

  • How to build a real mining waste pile stability model?
  • Data base and data preparation
  • Model setup
  • Model application for instability predictive mapping

12:30   Lunch

13:30   Session 3: Slope instability analysis for infrastructure risk assessment

  • How to build the model?
  • Data base and data preparation
  • Model setup
  • Model application for slope instability predictive mapping

15:00   Afternoon   break

15:30   Session 4: Mineral predictive mapping for more resource sustainability

  • How to build the model?
  • Data base and data preparation
  • Model setup
  • Model application for slope instability predictive mapping

17:00   Wrap-up

  • Closing discussion
  • Conclusions

** The preliminary programme is subject to change.

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.