International Conference
on Sustainable Cokemaking and Ironmaking (ICSCI 2025)

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16-19 March 2025 - Newcastle, Australia



Conference Overview

Hosted by the BHP Centre for Sustainable Steelmaking Research (SSR) (formerly the Centre for Ironmaking Materials Research) at the University of Newcastle, the 2025 International Conference on Sustainable Cokemaking and Ironmaking aims to facilitate collaboration to identify future research opportunities, and to understand the challenges and opportunities the steel industry is facing as it transitions towards net-zero carbon.

With the global imperative to implement low-emission cokemaking and ironmaking, the University of Newcastle, through the SSR, is seizing the opportunity to host academic and industry experts in an international conference to exchange knowledge and communicate technological developments in sustainable ironmaking.

The inaugural event was held in 2023 and was an outstanding success. You can access the highlights from this event via the button below.

Conference Topics

Low emission iron and steelmaking technologies

  • Modified blast furnace
  • DRI-ESF process route
  • Direct reduced iron
  • Emerging pathways

Decarbonisation pathways

  • Auxiliary reductants
  • Electrolysis processes
  • Hydrogen and electricity utilisation

Raw materials for low emission ironmaking

  • Raw material requirement for low-carbon blast furnace operations and DRI production
  • Sintering, pelletising, briquetting
  • Biomass utilisation

Fundamental studies, kinetics of reduction, gasification, etc.

Sustainable Cokemaking

  • New cokemaking technologies
  • Impact of renewable additives on coking process
  • Reactivity of bio-coke
  • Stamp charging technology
  • Coke quality requirements in low-carbon blast furnace
  • Coke oven gas cleaning and utilisation
  • Sustainability of biomass supply chain
  • Optimisation of blends with bio-additives

Process Integration and Optimisation

  • Carbon capture and utilisation
  • Utilisation of iron and steelmaking slags

Regional Specific Developments

Key Dates

1 July 2024
Call For Abstracts
30 September 2024
Abstract Submission Deadline
1 October 2024
Registrations Open
31 January 2025
Registrations Closed
23 January 2025
Speaker Presentation, Headshot and Bio Deadline
16 March 2025
Early Registration and Welcome Function
17 March 2025
Registration, Conference Day 1 and Gala Dinner
18 March 2025
Conference Day 2
19 March 2025
Site Visits (please note: this is an invitation only component of the event)

Registration includes:

  • Welcome event on the Sunday evening
  • Two day conference
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea at each day of the conference
  • A gala dinner on the Monday night.

Terms and Conditions

  • Accommodation and all other catering is at the attendees own expense
  • The site visit component of the program is invitation-only
  • Registrations are non-refundable but are transferable.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions will open on July 1 and close on September 30, 2024. All interested parties are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2025 Conference.

Successful speakers will be notified by 30 November 2024 and will be considered for inclusion in a special issue in Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (JSM).

Please visit the Information for Speakers page for further information and to submit your abstract.


Organising and Technical Committee

  • A/Prof Tom Honeyands – University of Newcastle
  • Dr Arash Tahmasebi – University of Newcastle
  • Dr Lauren North – BHP
  • Dr Damien O’Dea – BHP
  • A/Prof Karen Steel – University of Queensland
  • Professor Brian Monaghan – University of Wollongong
  • Dr XueFeng Dong – University of Wollongong
  • Dr Paul Zulli – University of Wollongong
  • Dr Jeanne Els – Hatch

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