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APMM speech


Dear Distinguish speakers, honorable chief, my dear colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen, 


Good morning, I am Jow-Lay Huang. I am working as a Chair professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.


I have also been assigned with additional responsibility as the president of the newly established Hierarchical Green Energy Materials Research Center (NCKU) and the mining and metallurgy society in Taiwan.


I would like to welcome you all in this APMM opening meeting and I highly appreciate your kind participation to make this conference successful.


The full name of our society is the China Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Society. We hold the annual meeting every year. But this year it is very unique, because of the first time after 97 years, we hold the First International Symposium on Asia Pacific Mining and Metallurgy, called as the APMM. This is a first and a big step, and I feel privileged and honored by your presence in this great event.


The history goes back to 1922, 97 years ago. The China Geological Society is setup in CENTRAL GEOLOGICAL SURVEY  by the ministry of education(MOEA) in Beijing. Five years later, the China Geological Society integrated Mining Engineering Society/Metallurgical Society to  form the China Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Society commonly called as CIMME  in the February, 1927.


As the time went, the concept is to liaise with comrades, study academics, and develop China's mining and metallurgical industry. This concept  is still valued today. The first issue of journal published by CIMME called the "Sulphide"  in August 1926.


Then the society has gone through the second world war and the civil war with the Communist, China revolution. During that time, the society moved from Beijing to Nanjing (the south capital), then to Chongqing ( the west capital), and in the year 1949, the society moved to Taipei. The history of the society also reflects the history of the Republic of China.


In the year of 1952, three years after the Chiang Kai-shek’s government moved to Taiwan, the Prof. Chu-Tin Wang recovered the society in Taiwan. Prof. Shandong Lu was working in the Taipei-Tech University as pattern many years. Prof. Lu has a strong devotion and big contribution for the growth of the society. In order to remember his immense contributions we have a scholarship named by Lu Shandong scholarship as a token of appreciation toward Prof. Lu. Now, we are holding The First International Conference on Asia Pacific Mining and Metallurgy (APMM). The people may ask us why such a conference is hold after such many years. The reason is simple. We will give the mining and metallurgy the new meaning. We will establish international relationship with the international societies. Some people might say “well, the mining and metallurgy are old technics, they are out of date”. But I really do not think so. We are thinking a different scope. And you will find that many of the relative technology of mining and metallurgy are very updated and modern today. People talk about the future of appreciations even today.


For example, we have special, updated and modern topics for this conference. Tomorrow we will have a seminar of Prof. Yeh from National Tsing Hua University who will emphasize about the High-Entropy metals, a new idea in metallurgy. When the people discuss about the solids, semiconductor industries, usually they talk about the silicone or silica. And when the people describe the nanotechnology, nanomaterials, carbon (carbon nanotube, carbon nanowire), all these are just a new form of the materials, originally from the mining and metallurgy. And even today, the people talk about electric car,  the batteries And you will find that all these sustainable energies. Many of them are oxides, sulfides, manganates and all these are again originally from mining and metallurgy.


In addition to that, when we talk about Geo-resource development of exploration or exploitation, we also have a different meaning especially today when people talk about the energies more often than before. What I am saying this, we do not limit ourselves to the traditional meaning of the mining and metallurgy. Actually, if we look our area from a different scope or higher level, then we will find that the society has a big world and also a bright future.

So that is also another reason why we try to establish international relationship. There is a need to plan the knowledge exchange, the current technics and academic experiences with the many of the peoples in the world.

I would like to thank a few well-known keynote speakers, Prof. Peng, from West Virginia Uni., USA, Prof. Shinya Kitamura, from Tohoku Uni., Japan, Prof. Jien-Wei Yeh, Natl. Tsing Hua Uni., Taiwan, Dr. Hwan-Tang Tsai, Principal Scientist, Global R&D Center, Arcelor Mittal, USA, Prof. Takeshi Tsuji, Department of Earth Resources Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan.

In this international conference, we have 41 oral and 17 poster presenters, and on Wednesday, we have 75 oral presenters and 20 poster presenters in the annual meeting of CIMME, and the total participants are 221. It is not too much as compared with other big conferences. However, I believe this is the first step and we will make sure that more people participate next time. It is not easy to take the first step.


Special thanks to Prof. Kuo-Chin Hsu, Prof. Bieng-Zhi Hsieh, Prof. Yu-Hsu Chang and they are the key persons to make this possible. And I’d like to introduce the organizers and invited speakers in different sessions as follow:

  1. 1. Geo-resources Exploration

Prof. Wu-Cheng Chi, Academia Sinica.

Prof. Ting-To Yu, NCKU.

Prof. Xinong Xie, NCKU.

  1. 2. Geo-resources Exploration

Prof. Yung-Chin Ding, Taipei Tech.

Prof. Bieng-Zih Hsieh, NCKU.

Prof. Sangki Kwon, Inha University, Korea.

  1. 3. Metallurgical Engineering

Prof. Jhewn-Kuang Chen, Taipei Tech.

Prof. Dr. Muh-Jung Lu, China Steel Corp.

Prof. Jian-Xun Fu,Shanghai University, China.

4.Materials Science

Prof. Yen-Pei Fu, NDHU.

Prof. Yu-Chuan Wu, Taipei Tech.

Prof. R. Ananthakumar, Bhubaneswar, India.

5.Circular Economy and Sustainable Resources

Prof. Ta-Wui Cheng, Taipei Tech.

Prof. Ming-Sheng Ko, Taipei Tech.

Prof. Peigang He, Harbin Institute of Technology, China.


I’d like to thank Yen-Hsun Su (secretary) and all the staffs in the CIMME office.

You’ll have half day tour in the ancient capital, Tainan. I do hope that you’ll enjoy the sea food and fresh fruits. I strongly believe that you will also enjoy the weather and the people in Taiwan who are usually very kind and very friendly. I hope that all the people you meet are very nice in the next few days. Please enjoy your conference.

I’d like to thank most who make this conference possible, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, MRS-T, Taipei-Tech Uni., NCKU, CPC, Bureau of Mines, Central Geological Survey, MOEA, China Steel etc. Thank for all your support.