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47th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique Cancellation
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I regret to announce that the 47th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique has been cancelled. The Board came to this  decision after considerable research into the viability of hosting a quality conference under the prevailing conditions. Ultimately, we have to observe health and safety requirements, and do our part to ensure that all participants and ISEE staff remain safe. 

The Board agreed there was too much uncertainty whether the pandemic was going to dramatically improve during coming months. There is a major risk the conference would have substantially fewer delegates and a much-reduced exhibition as well as a technical program that would be compromised by the difficulties in travel. We did not want to tarnish the reputation of ISEE conferences by delivering an experience that was not up to standard. Despite the significant financial impact on the ISEE, the best decision for the health and wellbeing of our members, industry partners and staff was to cancel now.

This decision is disappointing to us all, and we thank you for your support and understanding. We would like to pay tribute to all the hard work of the Conference Advisory, Program and Blaster’s Training sub-committees and staff, and to acknowledge the significant commitment by speakers in preparing abstracts in anticipation of the conference. If it had been a normal year and we had gone ahead, we know it would have been a fantastic event.

Our short-term focus now is on providing suitable online training materials and potential networking opportunities for our members. The absolute format of this is being worked out, but ISEE is committed to providing a resource for the industry to continue to learn and practice the science and art of explosives engineering in a safe and practical manner. 

We are also planning for the Annual Conference in 2022. Our aim is to make this more rewarding than ever for delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

See you in 2022!

Alastair Torrance
President, ISEE

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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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