The theme of the conference is "Metallurgy and Materials Impact on Society: the technological achievements of today that answer society's aspirations for tomorrow." The industrial world of metals and materials keeps changing. The pace of change and intensity of competition increases; society demands sophisticated products and clean technologies for a sustainable future. All metals and materials professionals from their different posts of engagement, in industry, government or academia, work to meet the new challenges. Global partnerships and technological innovation is the assured way by which we can achieve our goals. The technical program will feature papers from all fields of minerals, metals and materials technologies; but the conference focus will be fostered through a number of key international symposia.