Previous Symposia

The World Salt Symposium has been held periodically since 1962 and represents the international gathering of scientists from all regions of the globe. These meetings have comprised presentations and papers that cover every issue of the salt sector. These include papers on the geology, mineralogy, geochemistry and tectonics of salt.  The mining papers cover dry mining, geophysics, rock mechanics, solution mining, cavity construction and underground storage. Solar salt production papers embrace the subjects of solar evaporation, thermo-evaporation, seawater desalination and by-products of solar operations. The important areas of nutrition, water conditioning, winter maintenance and the environment are also included.  The meetings and the papers represent the latest thinking and concepts regarding the occurrence, origin, properties, technology and uses of salt and related materials.

This website represents the first time all of the available technical papers accepted for presentation at each of the World Salt Symposia have been made available to the general public in a searchable digital format. It stands as a permanent archive of decades of academic research into the subject of salt.

The Symposia that have been held are listed below chronologically.
◾First Symposium on Salt: Cleveland, Ohio in May 1962

◾Second Symposium on Salt: Cleveland, Ohio in May 1965

◾Third Symposium on Salt: Cleveland, Ohio in April 1969

◾Fourth Symposium on Salt: Houston, Texas in April 1973

◾Fifth International Symposium on Salt: Hamburg, Germany in April 1979

◾Sixth International Symposium on Salt: Toronto, Canada in May 1983

◾Seventh International Symposium on Salt: Kyoto, Japan in April 1992

◾Eighth World Salt Symposium: The Hague, Netherlands in May 2000

◾Ninth Symposium on Salt: Beijing, China in September 2009

◾Tenth Symposium on Salt: Park City, Utah in June 2018