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Register now for the Nancy-Cole Allen Memorial Golf Tournament. The four-person scramble, with a shotgun start, is $100 per person and will be held Friday, August 28, 2020, at the Woodford Lakes Golf Club in Versailles, Ky. The event will feature awards, food and networking opportunities. Hole sponsorships are available and start at $200. Proceeds benefit the Nancy Cole-Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Visit the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter website to reserve your spot today.

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In this latest Message from the President edition, Alastair Torrance, ISEE Board of Directors President, discusses all the considerations that went in to the cancellation of the 47th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique.

Watch Alastair Torrance, ISEE Board of Directors President, give a brief update on all the ISEE happenings since the start of 2020. Be sure to stay tuned for future updates, too!

Good news! If you wanted to submit an abstract for a chance to present at the 47th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique, but weren’t able to meet the deadline, the call for papers has been extended to Friday, June 12.

Papers addressing all explosives and blasting related topics will be considered. Accepted papers will be scheduled for one of the technical sessions or the Blasters Forum, a multimedia poster event with one-on-one interaction between the author and audience.

What’s new this Year
In previous years, students had separate calls for papers and separate deadlines. To streamline the submission process, this will be the only call for papers this year for both industry professionals and students. If you would like to submit an abstract, but still feel you might not be able to meet the new deadlines because of a project put on temporary hold, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Conference
The Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique is the largest gathering of its kind involving field blasters, manufacturers of explosives-related products, educators and researchers. The 47th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique will be held Feb. 7-10, 2021, at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla.

Presented papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference and at onemine.org, which is home to more than 124,000 articles, technical papers, books in the explosives, mining, minerals and tunneling industries from ISEE, SME, NIOSH, AusIMM, CIM, SAIMM, TMS, IMPC, DFI and IIMP.

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COVID-19 ISEE Office Update
As countries, states, and provinces start to contemplate lifting the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Ohio has announced their reopening strategy which takes on responsible first steps for getting Ohio back to business. For many businesses in Ohio, the staggered reopening of commerce beginning May 4 (manufacturing, distribution, construction and general offices) through May 12 (consumer, retail and services) is a relief but comes with employers needing to establish required safety protocols. In addition, Ohio will be extending its stay-at-home order and highly recommends that those working remotely, should continue doing so.

For everyone’s safety, ISEE staff will continue to work remotely from their homes and will continue to do so until the situation improves. During this time, bookstore orders and all correspondences sent via regular mail will be responded to as quickly as possible, while keeping staff safe.

Blasting Industry Competition
In the spirit of ISEE’s Call for Papers due by May 29, 2020, for the 47th Annual Conference, whereby authors submit abstracts covering a recent breakthrough on a project, we would like to bring your attention to an industry competition. Newcrest, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, with operations in Asia Pacific and Canada, is looking to improve blasting performance in high temperature conditions. Please go to the following link to learn more about the competition:


As always, please keep yourself, your families and your co-workers safe during these challenging times.

All the best,

Winston Forde
Executive Director, ISEE