BHP has formed a six-year partnership with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) to strengthen the calibre of technical and leadership conferences in the resources sector.
AusIMM has a long history of hosting events that enhance professional development, technical knowledge and industry networks.
BHP will provide technical expertise and ongoing collaboration opportunities through AusIMM’s conference series.
AusIMM chief executive Stephen Durkin said the partnership would strengthen the industry body’s already renowned reputation as a leading knowledge provider for resources professionals.
“BHP’s long-term investment will help AusIMM deliver critical professional development initiatives to a broader audience and drives AusIMM forward in meeting our core aims of upholding the highest standards of practice within the industry,” Durkin said.
“The broader audience will in turn help us develop our communities and foster strong relationships between all professionals and stakeholders in resources.”
The partnership was signed at BHP’s Adelaide offices on Wednesday, in front of representatives from both organisations.
BHP chief geoscientist and asset president – Olympic Dam, Laura Tyler, said the partnership reinforced the company’s commitment to technical leadership and innovation.
“BHP and AusIMM share a common goal of promoting and sharing world’s best practice,” Tyler said.
“This partnership will increase the visibility of technical professionals, foster more collaboration and idea-sharing on critical issues, and provide opportunities to upskill the global resources workforce.”
BHP has been a major sponsor for AusIMM conferences, with its company leaders featuring as keynote speakers.