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Australia Member Chapter

2nd Annual Australian and New Zealand Steel Symposium

18 November 2020 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. AEDT • Virtual Event

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The symposium will bring together both academic researchers and engineers together to discuss recent advances in iron and steelmaking technology. Leading researchers and practitioners will make presentations on recent advances in the field.
Presentations: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions
AIST Members:          Free
Non-members:            US$50
Please contact Jill Liberto, +1.724,814.3046.

Chapter Officers and Symposium Committee


Andrea Fontana, technical superintendent, InfraBuild Steel

Vice Chair

Geoffrey Brooks, professor, Swinburne University of Technology


Leonard Woods, port and technical marketing manager, Taharoa Ironsands Limited



Schedule of Events

9 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome and introduction by Chapter chair Andrea Fontana, technical superintendent, InfraBuild Steel

9:10-9:40 a.m.

KEYNOTE: “Evaluating the viability of H2 generated DRI in EAF melting,” Sara Hornby, president, Global Strategic Solutions

9:40-10:10 a.m. 

“The status of research in hydrogen generation in Australia,” Patrick Hartley, Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission, CSIRO Energy

10:10-10:40 a.m.

“Analysis of residual elements in InfraBuild’s scrap supply,” Geoff Brooks, professor, Swinburne University of Technology

10:40-11:10 a.m.

“New Zealand Steel: Challenges in Steelmaking,” Caitlin O’Connell, process engineer, BlueScope New Zealand

11:10-11:40 a.m.

“A Collaborative Approach for Promoting Innovation Across Australian Steel Manufacturing – The Next Ten Years,” Paul Zulli, Director - ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing, Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong

11:40 a.m. -12:20 p.m.

"Green steel production: technology options, challenges and research needs," John Pyke, Senior Lecturer in the Research School, Australian National University

12:20-12:50 p.m.

“Whyalla transformation projects overview,” Michiel Freislich, General Manager, Development and Engineering, Liberty Primary Steel – Whyalla

12:50-1:10 p.m

“Understanding by-products to improve recyclability: a case study,” Brian Monaghan, professor, University of Wollongong

1:10-1:40 p.m.

"Opportunities to Enhance (Innovation) the Utilisation of Iron and Steel Slags: An Australian Perspective," Craig Heidrich, CEO, Australasian Slag Association

1:40-2 p.m.

“Decreased sinter process variation at BlueScope Steel using real time feed composition,” Nick Di Giorgio, senior development engineer, BlueScope Steel Port Kembla

2-2:10 p.m.

Final thoughts by Len Woods, port and technical marketing manager, Taharoa Ironsands Limited

Bring Your Own Young Professional (BYOYP) 

AIST's Bring Your Own Young Professional (BYOYP) program rewards our Members for helping build a sustainable steel industry at the most important level:  the next generation.  Getting Young Professionals involved in AIST, and the greater steel industry, provides opportunity and benefits for all involved.  Find out more information about the program here.