Authors | Speakers | Reviewers

25th International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings
29 April – 3 May 2023 | Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada

Important dates

The following dates will help you take your accepted abstract through to final paper stage. We recommend you add these dates (AWST) to your calendar. 

Note to Authors: This conference is an in person conference with no option for virtual attendance or presentation. Full registration and attendance is required for paper publication.


Due date

Draft paper submission deadline

16 December 2022 

Reviewer Feedback

5 February 2023

Final paper submission, bio notes, and the publication agreement

3 March 2023

Notice of Paper Acceptance

7 March 2023

Speaker Registration

10 March 2023

* Dates are subject to change

PASTE 2023 Proceedings Editors

Dr. Nicholas Beier

Dr. Nicholas Beier is an Associate Professor of Geoenvironmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research interests include freeze-thaw dynamics of mining wastes, frozen ground engineering, waste management in cold regions, modeling and characterizing the engineering behavior of oil sand tailings, tailings dewatering technology development and simulation modeling for evaluation of mine waste management technologies. He also conducts research into the long-term management and closure of mine waste structures. He is the Principal Investigator of the Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility, a co-Principal Investigator of the NSERC Strategic Network (TERRE NET) and a Theme Leader in Phase III of the NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Geotechnique. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Beier amassed over 15 years of industrial engineering experience, including acting as a Technical Advisor for Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

Dr. Dave Sego

David C. Sego, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the American Society of Civil Engineers. At the University of Alberta, Dave pioneered research and development in permafrost engineering and oil sands tailings management. He is best known for establishing three world-class research facilities, including the $2.2-million Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility, the Cold Regions Research Facility and the Geochemistry Laboratory. Committed to outreach education, Dave developed internationally acclaimed short courses and organized numerous conferences. Dave has mentored and supervised over 100 graduate students in the fields of cold regions engineering, mine waste management and geo-engineering and who have become leading researchers and practitioners today.

Dr. G Ward Wilson

Dr. G. Ward Wilson, P. Eng., P.Geol., FCAE, FEIC, is a Professor of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and brings more than 35 years of industrial experience to his practice in advanced mine waste management. Having extensive work experience as a consulting engineer, he has maintained an exceptionally strong industrial focus through his research programs both at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wilson is involved in mine waste management systems at numerous mine sites worldwide. He has also served as a specialist review consultant for many large international mining projects. Most recently Professor Wilson was a member of the “Expert Panel” that provided an assessment of the technical causes of the rupture of Dam I in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. Professor Wilson is currently the NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Geotechnique at the University of Alberta.

Professor Andy Fourie

Andy is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, and program director - Future Tails, at The University of Western Australia in Perth. He has worked at the University of Queensland and the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Andy has been involved in many industry-focussed projects with current projects including An Evaluation of Tailings Storage Facilities Monitoring Technologies managed by AMIRA and funded by eight mining companies; Future Tails aimed at training, research and education to improve tailings management funded by BHP and Rio Tinto; and Evaluating Potential Static Liquefaction of Tailings to Prevent Failures, funded by six mining companies as well as the Australian Research Council.

Dr. David Reid

David is a tailings engineer with 16 years of consulting and research experience in the design, laboratory testing, and analysis of tailings and tailings storage facilities. He is primarily involved in laboratory and in situ characterisation of tailings with respect to their strength, consolidation behaviour, and liquefaction susceptibility. David completed a PhD at UWA on the behaviour of polymer-treated tailings. He has worked at UWA since 2017 as a research fellow on the ARC Linkage project TAILLIQ and more recently on the Future Tails project.

Paper Submission

Peer reviews can be found in the files section in ProMPT. You will receive an email notifying you that your paper has been peer-reviewed. Please submit your revised paper by February 27th, it will then undergo a grammar and formatting review. Final papers are due by March 7th.

  •       Login to ProMPT, navigate to your paper, click the ‘Files’ tab, and upload your paper
  •       Please ensure all client and internal approvals, if applicable, are received before submitting
  •       Your paper should be no longer than 14 pages (the abstract in your paper should not exceed 300 words)

Final paper submission
Your final paper must be submitted together with your speaker registration, signed publication agreement, signed presentation agreement, and speaker bio notes.

Speaker registration
It is mandatory your speaker registration be completed and paid for your paper to be published. There is one speaker per presentation. The University of Alberta publications team will not undertake any desktop publishing or proofreading work on your final paper until you have registered. If you register and subsequently withdraw your paper from the conference, the University of Alberta will withhold an editorial fee of CAD 400 (GST inclusive). 

Publication agreement
To publish your paper, the  University of Alberta requires you sign and submit a publication agreement. This must be signed by the lead author of the paper. Your paper will be published in the conference proceedings, as well as on the ACG Online Repository of Conference Proceedings.

Finalising your paper for publication
Once your paper is ready to finalise, the University of Alberta publications team will undertake a final full edit and proofread of your paper. Following this, we will provide you with a PDF version of your final paper to review.

If you have any questions about ProMPT and the Paste 2023 paper submission, please contact the University of Alberta Geotechnical Centre Publications team Uni

Please download the following documents to use for the preparation of your paper submission.

Thank you to all of our Reviewers! 

Please read the ProMPT User Guide – Completing a Review document.

Reviewer Acknowledgement

Please note that by accepting to be a reviewer of the 25th International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings (Paste 2023) papers, you acknowledge that you will be bound by a duty of confidentiality. All manuscripts for review are confidential documents and should not be shown to, or discussed with, anyone but the Paste 2023 conference proceedings editors and Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) staff involved in the publishing process, unless authorisation is granted by the editors. This includes any documents that reviewers decline or are unable to review.