Upcoming Symposium

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The Tenth World Salt Symposium is organized by the Salt Institute, in cooperation with several other salt organizations around the world. The World Salt Symposium focuses on the latest research and development in the international salt sector. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects, embracing the science, engineering, technology, economics and history of all forms of sodium chloride salt and their uses. As a broad international platform, the 2018 World Salt Symposium will enable researchers, producers and users of salt to become acquainted with the latest developments and technologies in this important industrial area.

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Countries Represented (to date)


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Agenda Summary

Welcome to Salt of the Earth: 2018 World Salt Symposium. The agenda will be subject to change as the date approaches and final papers are selected.

To date salt experts from over 30 countries have registered for this, the most important meeting on salt in a decade, and we have received research papers from over 20 countries including; Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, and the United States.

Mining and Production
Salt is produced in a variety of ways, from rock salt, to solution mining, to sea salt. Each of these technologies faces their own unique challenges. We will explore innovations in the field of solution mining, allowing more opportunities for substantial improvements in process management and production. Papers will be presented examining the challenges associated with solar salt production, and detail methods that have been developed to address the impacts of various biota on solar salt plants, improving production efficiencies, and other challenges.

Underground salt mining is also constantly evolving with new technologies improving the efficiency of mining and production. We will feature presentations on the variety of geological challenges that impact the field with specific case studies. Of course, safety is a leading concern and we will host a panel session with safety officers and managers from major salt companies around the world, including an in-depth case study of safety enhancement in the salt industry.

Other sessions on salt production will include a presentation on new methods of salt purification and handling natural contaminants that can be found in salt deposits; a presentation from EU Salt on the circular economy and promoting sustainable salt production; and new salt production trends developing around the world including a discussion of the salt business in Africa.

Salt and Winter Maintenance 
A well-managed winter maintenance program is necessary to keep roadways clear, motorists safe, and the economy humming. Max Perchanok, Coordinator for Innovation and Sustainability, Executive Director’s Office, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, will discuss how to maximize the significant benefit winter maintenance provides the public. New technologies in winter maintenance are also changing the landscape. Tina Greenfield, Winter Maintenance Team RWIS Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Transportation, and chair of the Transportation Research Board committee on winter maintenance, will discuss ways in which new technologies are being used to improve outcomes for the traveling public and enhance the efficiencies of winter operations with specific examples. Bret Hodne, Director of Public Services for the City of West Des Moines, will discuss how these new technologies and societal changes will impact winter maintenance in the coming years. Salt and Health
The issue of salt and health is constantly leading the news as more and better research helps us understand the relationship between salt intake and total health outcomes. Dr. Michael Alderman of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a specialist in hypertension, will discuss his research on understanding the heterogeneity of hypertensive patients and its impact on cardiovascular outcomes. Dr. Andrew Mente of McMaster University will explore the relationship between population health and salt consumption, laying to rest some of the myths in that area.Dr. Jan Staessen from the University of Leuven, Belgium, will discuss how our understanding of the effects of reducing salt intake on cardiovascular health have evolved. Papers will also be presented on the possible links between salt consumption and negative cardiovascular impacts including lab studies. Dr. David McCarron of the University of California, Davis, will outline some of the issues that must be addressed for a better understanding of salt and health. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the need for large randomized controlled trials comparing the impact of low sodium intake (