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

First Announcement – mineclosure2018!

This is the new homepage for mineclosure2018 and under construction. More informations will be available soon.


The 12th International Conference on Mine Closure will offer a multidisciplinary global forum for exchanging views and developing capacity; to ensure that new mines are operated with closure in mind, and old sites are closed economically, while minimising environmental and social impacts.

The conference will be held from 3rd to 7th September 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.

Leipzig is located in the centre of one of Europe’s largest mine closure programmes with plenty of examples of mine rehabilitation that offer new chances for regional development.