Beneficiation of Phosphates IX

An ECI Conference Series

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June 5-10, 2022
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Helsinki, Finland

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Attendance at this conference is restricted to those fully* vaccinated against Covid-19.

Your registration will not be considered complete until your proof of vaccination is uploaded via the registration portal and verified by ECI staff. Acceptable proof includes copies of a U.S. CDC vaccination card or a certificate/document issued by the relevant health agency in your country of residence along with a government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. If you have questions about these requirements, please email

* Two doses of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose Covid-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the conference OR one dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose Covid-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the conference. We strongly suggest the recommended booster as well.

Approved vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech (2 dose); Moderna (2 dose); Janssen/Johnson & Johnson; Oxford/AstraZeneca; Serum Institute of India-Covishield; Sinopharm (Beijing); Sinovac.

We are all in this together. Thank you for being part of our community and following these policies. We look forward to see you in person very soon.

About This Conference

Phosphate mining is one of the world’s largest mining industries in terms of value of production and annual tonnage. However, papers on phosphate mining and mineral processing are usually rare at most of the major mining as well as mineral processing conferences, both locally and internationally.  The Beneficiation of Phosphates conference has been established as the only conference of international significance focusing on phosphate mineral processing. 

Phosphate ore is not only the source of an essential nutrient (P) for plant growth, but it also contains substantial amounts of elements critical to developing green energy for the future. Uranium in phosphate deposits account for 88% of the unconventional U resources, while rare earth elements (REEs) in phosphate deposits represent hundreds of years of current world demand for these vital elements.  Beneficiation of Phosphates IX will devote at least two sessions to comprehensive recovery of P and other values from phosphate ore, such as U, REEs, F, Mg, Th, and I. 

Phosphate mining and processing generate two major waste streams, waste clay and phosphogypsum, in huge quantity.  These wastes are becoming significant financial and environmental liabilities for the industry, and they present a public perception problem as well.  Naturally, utilization and treatment of these wastes will be one of the focuses of this conference, with two sessions tentatively scheduled, one on waste tailings in general and another on phosphogypsum in particular.  

Other important issues to be discussed include flotation efficiency, flotation reagents, dolomite separation techniques, reduction of silica content, on-line analysis and process control, novel processing techniques and machinery, and hydrometallurgical processes. 

In summary, Beneficiation of Phosphates IX will cover the following topics:

• Flotation fundamentals and development of new reagents
• Physical and bio separation techniques
• Beneficiation of carbonaceous phosphates
• Separation of silica and silicates from phosphate
• Processing of low-grade phosphates
• Analysis and process control
• Equipment and process development
• Advances in phosphoric acid manufacturing
• Phosphoric acid purification and uses
• Comprehensive recovery of critical and useful elements from phosphate
• Phosphogypsum purification and utilization
• Sustainable development and the environment.

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Conference Organization

Conference Chair and Co-chairs

Patrick Zhang, Chair, Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute, Florida Poly, USA

Erika Rova, Co-Chair, Yara, Finland

Jan Miller, Co-Chair, University of Utah, USA

Marius Porteus, Co-Chair, Fosko, South Africa 

Laurindo Leal Filho, Co-Chair, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ewan Wingate, Co-Chair, Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd  

Andre Carlos Silva, Co-Chair, Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 

International Advisory Committee Members

Hassan Al Baghdadi, Maaden, Saudi Arabia

Guven Akdogan, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Tariq Al fariss, King Saudi University, Saudi Arabia

Igor Barmin, EuroChem, Russia

Ruan Chi, Wuhan Institute of Technology, China

Charles Guan, Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, USA

Andrew James, Phosphate Australia Limited, Australia

Pieter Jacobs, Foskor, South Africa

Elves Matiolo, Centro de Tecnologia Mineral, Brazil

James Gu, ArkemaArrMaz, USA

Brij Moudgil, University of Florida, USA

Jaisen Kohmuench, Eriez Magnetics, USA

Hamid Mazouz, OCP Group, Morocco

Jorgen Stenvold, Yara International ASA, Norway

Tibaut Theys, Prayon Technologies, Belgium

Salah Al-Thyabat, Al-Hussein BinTalal University, Jordan

Xiang Yang, China University of Geosciences, China

Zeqiang Zhang, Wuhan Institute of Technology, China

Conference Outline

Session 1 – Critical Materials from Phosphate

Session 2 – Flotation I: Reagents and Chemistry

Session 3 – Tailings Management and Utilization

Session 4 – Flotation II: Process and Equipment

Session 5 – Phosphoric acid Manufacturing and Purification

Session 6 – Phosphogypsum Management and Utilization

Session 7 – Innovations and Technological Breakthroughs 

Conference Program

Call for Abstracts

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadline noted below. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate the most relevant session topic to which you are submitting your abstract. At this time, we are not calling for poster abstracts. 

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

Deadline for abstracts:                     April 29, 2022

Conference Fees and Instructions

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), meals (with the exception of dinner on Tuesday which will be on your own), excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, minibar etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel..  


The conference fees are:

Register on or before May 13, 2022Register after
May 13, 2022
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional)US $2,799.00 US $2,999.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant)US $2,400.00 US $2,600.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to $1,990.00 US $2,190.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion)US $865.00US $865.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant  (Bed and Breakfast only)US $120.00US $120.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact Kathy for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account. 

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email Kathy

Special Notes and Payment Instructions

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  

All participants are encouraged to register before May 13, 2022There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due and COVID-19 vaccination proof is verified by ECI staff.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received or your vaccination proof is invalid. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution. 

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee. 

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date. 
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.  
Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan.

Pre and Post Conference Hotel Reservations

If you are arriving early or staying after the conference and wish to extend your stay in the conference hotel, please view instructions on this form.

ECI does not guarantee or pay for rooms reserved before or after the conference – you must reserve extra nights directly with the hotel and you are responsible for paying the hotel directly for any extra nights.

Venue Information

Conference Hotel

The conference will be held at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa. The hotel is located in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki’s leafy neighborhood overlooking Laajalahit Bay. The Bastuviksvägen tram stop is a short walk from the hotel and the trip to the city center takes about 20 minutes. Alvar Aalto House, Didrichsen Art Museum, and Seurasaari Open-Air Museum are within three kilometers. The hotel is on the seafront and has a private beach, indoor pool, gym and restaurants.

The hotel has 20 meeting rooms and more than 1,800 square meters of meeting space. It is located 20 km from Helsinki Airport.

Video tour of the hotel

About Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and its largest city. It was founded in the Middle Ages to be a Swedish rival to Tallinn on the Baltic Sea, but it remained a small fishing village on the mouth of the Vantaanjoki River for over two centuries. Its importance to the Swedish Kingdom increased in the mid-18th century when the fortress originally known as Sveaborg was constructed on islands at the entrance to the harbor. While intended to protect Helsinki from Russian attack, Sveaborg ultimately surrendered to Russia during the Finnish War (1808-1809), and Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as part of the Treaty of Fredrikshamn. Russia then moved the Finnish capital from Turku to Helsinki, and the city grew dramatically during the 19th century. Finland became independent in 1917. Finnish independence, a civil war, and three consecutive conflicts associated with World War II made Helsinki a site of significant political and military activity during the first half of the 20th century.

Today Helsinki is recognized as a city in which many differing views can interact in a constructive atmosphere. The Finlandia Hall has hosted many international summit meetings, including the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1975. Finland became an EU Member State in 1995 and has held the EU Presidency in 1999 and 2006. It is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. 

Among the top attraction in Helsinki are:

Suomenlinna Museum – A UNESCO World Heritage site

Helsinki Cathedral – The symbol of Helsinki

Museum of Contemporary Art – Architectural gem with an outstanding collection

Temppeliaukio Church – This Lutheran church, opened in 1969, is built directly into solid rock. 

Ateneum – Finland’s best known art museum and home of Finnish art

Market Square – The stalls sell everything from food and coffee to art and souvenirs.  Surrounded by the harbor, the Presidential palace and the Uspenski Eastern Orthodox Cathedral

Climate change is one of the central drivers of change affecting quality of life globally. The city of Helsinki has set an aim to reduce emissions by 60 percent by the year 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2035. This shift requires both major structural changes and everyday actions. The Think Sustainably service helps to choose more sustainable ways of living in Helsinki and enjoying the city. It suggests sustainable services, such as restaurants, shops, sights, events and accommodation. The base of the service is in tailor-made criteria for the city of Helsinki that have been developed together with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, along with local interest groups and sustainability experts.  Check the website to find businesses with a green tab.

Transportation Information

Helsinki Airport consistently ranks among the best airports in the world and serves around 350 flights a day to locations around the world.  The journey time between the airport and city center is around 30 minutes; however, the conference hotel is not in the city center but can be reached by tram. The Bastuviksvägen tram stop is a short walk away from the hotel and is a 20 minute ride. 

How to get from the airport to the city center:

  • By train: Commuter trains I and P are a fast and convenient way of travelling between the city center and the airport. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. From the train station at Helsinki Airport you can walk directly to your terminal without having to go outside. To get to or from the airport, you will need an ABC ticket. Single tickets and day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and many other sales points throughout the city. Tickets cannot be purchased onboard commuter trains. 
  • By bus: Bus 615 (“Lentoasema-Rautatientori”) and bus 415/415N (“Lentoasema-Elielinaukio”) also operate between the airport and city center. To get to or from the airport, you will need an ABC ticket, which you can purchase from HSL ticket machines, HSL mobile app or sales points like R-kiosk.
  • By taxi:
    The journey between Helsinki Airport and the city center by taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around €40-45.

By boat

There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Tallinn, Estonia by Tallink Silija Line, Viking Line and Eckerö Line to Stockholm, Sweden by Tallink Silja Line and Viking Line.  Helsinki can also be reached by ferry from Germany by Finnlines and Russia by St. Peter Line.  All the ferry companies also offer the possibility to take a car with you. Information on the different passenger terminals can be found on the Port of Helsinki website

Getting Around Helsinki

You do not need a car!

Helsinki has an excellent public transport system (HSL) comprising bus, tram, metro, commuter train and ferry services. With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, buses, the metro and even the municipal ferry to Suomenlinna. You can even change from one mode of transport to another as long as your ticket is still valid. Single tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and other HSL sales points

day ticket is handy if you plan to make several journeys during one day or several days. You can buy a ticket for 1–7 days. Day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines and sales points in Helsinki Central Station. Other sales points include R-kiosks and many shops. One-day tickets (24 hours) can be purchased also from HSL ticket machines; these tickets are printed out and valid immediately upon payment.

The HSL public transport region is divided into four zones identified by the letters A, B, C and D starting from the city center. Purchase a ticket for all the zones in which you plan to travel. If you plan to travel in zones A, B and C, you will need an AB, BC or ABC ticket, as there are no one-zone tickets for zones A, B and C. The online Journey Planner notifies which ticket you need together with the search results.

Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation depending on their card within zones A/ B or A/B/C.


Helsinki is a compact city that is easy to explore on foot, as most of the sights are within walking distance. Even in the busy city center, you are never far away from green areas and the sea. Tourist Information inside Helsinki Central Station has a selection of thematic maps to help you plan your walks around the city.

By bike

Cycling is a fast and easy way of getting around Helsinki. A popular route is the Baana pedestrian and cycling corridor that runs through the center of Helsinki along a stretch of disused railway line. Baana is part of an impressive 1200-kilometre network of bike paths in Helsinki that makes it easy to get from the Keskuspuisto “Central Park” to the north to the ferry terminals to the south, and from the bustling city center to the quiet fields and forests in the surrounding countryside – even to the islands of the archipelago.

City bikes

City bikes are a popular and convenient way of getting around the city in summertime. In 2021, there were no less than 3 500 yellow city bikes available from 241 bike stations south of the Kehä I ring road in Helsinki and Espoo. The most easterly bike station is in Vartioharju, and there are 109 bike stations in southeastern Espoo and Leppävaara. 

By tram

Trams are a convenient way of getting around the city center. Tram 2 is the traditional sightseeing route, as it passes many points of interest along the way. You can also change into tram 3 at Eläintarha or Auroran sairaala stop and return to the city center. Other tram routes that are good for sightseeing include 4, which passes many architectural gems, and 6, which is perfect if you are interested in design. Carry a route map with you to help locate all the stops and points of interest.

Single tickets and day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and many other sales points throughout the city. Tickets cannot be purchased from the driver on trams.  Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on all trams.

By metro

Helsinki’s metro network operates from the city center to Espoo (M1 Matinkylä/M2 Tapiola) and East Helsinki (M1 Vuosaari/M2 Mellunmäki). To travel from end to end (Matinkylä to Mellunmäki, the world’s northernmost metro station) you will need an AB ticket, and the journey takes about 39 minutes. The metro is also a convenient way to get out of the busy city center and into the nature.

Single tickets and day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and many other sales points throughout the city. Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on the metro.

By train

Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) operates commuter train services throughout the metropolitan area. Commuter trains depart from and arrive at Helsinki Central Station. Commuter trains are a convenient way to get to Pasila, for example, where Hartwall Arena and the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Center are located. You can also get to the tranquillity of Rhododendron Park (Alppiruusupuisto) in the Haaga district very quickly by commuter train (A, E, U or P).

Single tickets and day tickets can be purchased using the HSL mobile app or from HSL ticket machines, R-kiosks and many other sales points throughout the city. Tickets cannot be purchased onboard commuter trains.  Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on all commuter trains.

Technical Excursion

A tour of Yara’s unique phosphate mining, beneficiation and chemical processing operations in Siilinjärvi is planned following the technical sessions.  More information will be available in the coming months.

Conference Sponsors

Media Sponsor


Sponsor Information

Package A: $2,500 
• Half-page ad in program 
• Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
• Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 

Package B: $5,000 
• Full page ad in program 
• Sponsor a Coffee Break including poster display 
• Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
• Company logo & link on conference website 
• Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 
• Company name and logo included in peer-reviewed conference book 

Package C: $7,500 
• Sponsor a Scientific Session or Workshop 
• Full page ad in program 
• Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
• Company logo & link on conference website 
• Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 
• Company name and logo included in peer-reviewed conference book 

Package D: $10,000 
• Full page ad in program 
• Company information packet available in attendees’ registration materials 
• Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program 
• Company logo & link on conference website 
• Company Logo displayed on screen between sessions 
• Company name and logo included in peer-reviewed conference book 

Kevin Korpics ( (+1-212-514-6760) should be contacted for invoicing and other questions. Please make checks payable to: 

Engineering Conferences International 
Attn: Beneficiation of Phosphates Conference 
32 Broadway, Suite 314 
New York, NY 10004 

Payment can also be made via wire transfer or credit card. 

You must reference your company name and the conference title “Beneficiation of Phosphates IX” or code (21-AP) so the contribution can be identified. Thank you in advance. 

Please note that none of the sponsor packages include any free or discounted registrations for attendees from sponsor companies. 

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