International Mining Symposium

September 25 – 28, 2023 in Dresden

Conference Statement

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Review of a successful mining symposium WISSYM 2023

Under the motto "Rethinking rehabilitation mining - Innovative approaches on the road to sustainability", the international mining symposium WISSYM 2023 came to a successful close. From September 25 to 28 in Dresden, 200 participants from 15 countries discussed issues of innovation, technology development and resource efficiency, as well as the highly topical subject of public perception and acceptance of mining within society.

The starting signal to "enter" the mining symposium by means of a shaft bell was given by Wismut Managing Director Dr. Michael Paul in the presence of Olaf Alisch, Verband Bergbau, Geologie und Umwelt e. V., the Mayor of the City of Dresden, Eva Jähnigen, and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Cramer, Sächsisches Oberbergamt.

Video greetings reached the participants from Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, and from Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia.

WISSYM 2023 in Dresden, Germany
Opening of the 5th International Mining Symposium WISSYM 2023
The mining symposium was held at the Pullman Dresden Newa Hotel.

Once again, the symposium was introduced with an excursion day: The excursions took the participants to the Wismut sites in Crossen, Aue and Königstein/Dresden-Gittersee. In another excursion, the mining experts were able to see for themselves the successful redevelopment of a former lignite site into a recreational area in the Czech town of Most. The excursions formed the basis for the exchange of experience on the three subsequent days of the conference.

Wismut was able to attract numerous renowned experts to the event. In 35 presentations during the three-day lecture program, national and international experts from politics, industry, science and administration exchanged experiences and innovations in mining rehabilitation.

Another highlight of the symposium was the panel discussion in which the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, discussed the topic "Mining for the global "green" transformation - but not on my doorstep!" with five international experts from the mining sector.
The participants of the panel discussion on "Mining for the global "green" transformation - but not on my doorstep!"
Minister President Michael Kretschmer took part in the panel discussion
Panelists from left: Dr. Sven Altfelder (BGR), Dr. Corinne Unger (The University of Queensland, Australia), Minister President Michael Kretschmer, moderator Minou Amir-Sehhi, Horst Monken Fernandes (IAEA), Humberto Rivas (Codelco, Chile), and Dr. Julian Hilton (Aleff Group, UK).

The 5th International Mining Symposium WISSYM 2023 again provided a platform for national and international mining rehabilitators, mining operators, scientists, representatives of authorities and administration as well as engineering companies to exchange and discuss experiences in mining rehabilitation.


Partner / Co-Organisation:

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Association Mining, Geology and Environment e. V. (VBGU)


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