The 3rd International Symposium on Dynamic Hazards in Underground Coal Mines was hosted by Centre of Infrastructure Protection and Mining Safety, University of Wollongong, Australia, 18-20th July 2018.

The symposium was officially opened by Professor Valerie Linton, Executive Dean, Faculty of EIS, and was well attended by over 80 delegates, including some 40 scholars and professors from prestigious Chinese universities and research organisations. Delegates from Australia included those from major mining companies (South32, Anglo Coal, Peabody Energy, Glencore etc) and Universities (UNSW, UQ, Monash, Curtin). The conference also received generous sponsorship from the Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer, NSW Government, Chongqing University, Zhong-an Academy of Safety Engineering, and ARC Nanocomm Hub based at Monash University. The Mine Rescue of Coal Services and the National Facility for Physical Blast Simulation at UOW kindly hosted post-conference visits by some 30 delegates on the last day of the symposium.

Dynamic hazards such as coal and rock burst and outburst are increasingly becoming a safety and productivity concern for Australian underground coal mines. ‘this symposium provides a timely forum for researchers and engineers to present and discuss their latest research results and practices in the management and control of these potentially devastating hazards in deeper underground mines’, said Associate Professor Ting Ren, Chair for this symposium.

The symposium was co-hosted by the Key Laboratory of Deep Coal Resource Mining, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), and supported by UNSW, Monash University, Chongqing University (CQU), Anhui University of Science and Technology (AUST), and University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB).