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Some of the biggest names in mining and resources will share their knowledge and experience with delegates at the 2017 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne from 30 October to 2 November.

Whether you’re looking for insights on investment from Sprott’s Rick Rule, the latest on nuclear energy and environmental management from Michael Shellenberger or an inside look at the importance of infrastructure from Adani’s Jeyakumar Janakaraj, this year’s event has something for everyone.

With concurrent conferences focusing on technology, finance and investment, excellence in mining, infrastructure, and future energy, the toughest call will be deciding which sessions to attend each day.

IMARC Asia Pacific general manager Anita Richards said: "Now in its fourth year IMARC has now grown to be the largest resources conference in Australia, with last year’s event hosting more than 2,500 delegates from 58 countries along with over 20 international mining ministers, this year we expect more than 3,000 to attend from at least 60 countries."

The 2016 event saw 56% of attendees generating new business as a result of attending IMARC, with 14.5% of those reporting to have generated more than $500,000.

There are more than 45 hours’ worth of networking opportunities at this year’s event with each evening hosting cocktail receptions, giving delegates the opportunity to rub shoulders with major decision makers such as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan, BHP chief technology officer Diane Jurgens and Ivanhoe Mines founder Robert Friedland.

The free exhibition that will run parallel to conference activities throughout the three days will be showcasing the best the industry has to offer; having already confirmed some of the biggest names in the industry such as BHP, Caterpillar, HATCH, Snowden, Mineware, Microsoft and Liebherr who will have their newly launched and award winning D98 engine series on show for the first time in Australia.

Intensive workshops and master classes will run throughout Monday 30 October, including Mining for Non-Miners led by RPM Global, Social License to Operate, JORC (Joint Ore Reserves Committee) Fundamentals, Mining Law and Transactions; and Smart Mining Efficiency led by CEEC.

Ms Richards said the feedback from last year’s conference was overwhelmingly positive, which has resulted in tickets selling fast, advising delegates to book early to avoid disappointment.