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SME Annual Conference & Expo 2016 exhibit sales are now open. Whether you are a first time exhibitor or a long-standing participant, SME Annual Conference & Expo 2016 will be the place to be for all of the lastest in the mining industry in 2016. Don't delay! Purchase your exhibit space today.

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The mining industry's best and brightest are coming to the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, February 21-24, 2016

100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Highlight from SME Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) 2015

SME and Mining: Navigating the Global Waters

Mining is a rapidly changing field, meaning we have the opportunity right now to define the "Mine of the Future". Sensors, robotic technologies, vast amounts of data, a growing emphasis on safety and sustainability, plus a multi-generational change in the workforce make this an exciting time to be in one of the world's oldest industries. Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) provides a platform for a robust and diverse discussion about this evolving field and its associated careers. Youth, technology and education are coming together to define the future of mining - which in turn will define the future of our society. Learn what SME is doing to support that future at http://www.SMEnet.org" and find our free educational materials to teach others the importance of mining at http://www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org

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Important Dates

Mid-June 2015
  • Call for Papers Opens
    The 2016 SME Annual Conference carries the theme, “The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World”. The Call for Papers will open in Mid-June 2015. Look for the announcement on the SME homepage in June. The program committee will be looking for papers in the following areas:
    • Coal & Energy
    • Environmental
    • Geology
    • Health & Safety
    • Industrial Minerals & Aggregates
    • Mining
    • Mineral & Metallurgical Processing
    • And More…..


Conference Location

Phoenix Convention Center

The award-winning Phoenix Convention Center is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The center is within walking distance of major convention hotels, shopping, entertainment, sports and theatre venues, has its own dedicated stop on the METRO Light Rail line, and is just fifteen minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. Check out the location of the Phoenix Convention Center at 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, 800-282-4842




Getting to the Phoenix Convention Center

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International

The Phoenix Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, welcomes more than one million guests each year from across the nation and all around the world.

Travelers arriving from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will find a variety of convenient ground transportation options just minutes from the convention center and downtown Phoenix hotels.

Transportation Services

The Phoenix Convention Center is accessible via light rail, bus service, taxi and personal vehicle.

  • METRO Light Rail
    A westbound/northbound light rail station is located south of Symphony Hall on Washington Street between Second and Third streets. An eastbound light rail station also is located south of Symphony Hall on Jefferson Street between Third and Fourth streets. For more information about METRO light rail station locations and routes, visit www.valleymetro.org.
  • Valley Metro bus service
    Frequent bus service is available between all three airport terminals and downtown Phoenix, served by Valley Metro’s Red Line route. Less than a half-hour bus ride from the airport, Valley Metro’s Central Station is a short walk to most downtown hotels and the convention center, and is also served by the Downtown DASH, a circulator shuttle that can drop you and your belongings just steps away from your final lodging destination. Read more details about Valley Metro bus service.
  • Taxi Service

    Taxi service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International to downtown Phoenix is available. All major credit cards are accepted.

    Taxi terminal access is as follows:

    • Terminal 2: east outside door # 8
    • Terminal 3: North curb, outside door # 7 and south curb, outside door #6
    • Terminal 4: Level 1, North curb, outside door # 7 and south curb, outside door #6

    The following taxis are contracted to pick up passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor:

    • Apache Taxi: (480) 557-7000
    • AAA/Yellow Cab: (480) 888-8888
    • Mayflower Cab: (602) 955-1355
  • Driving directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Phoenix Convention Center:
    -- Continue straight to stay on E Sky Harbor Blvd
    -- Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Downtown/I-10 W/AZ-51/Phoenix and merge onto I-10 W
    -- Take exit 148 for Jefferson St toward Washington St
    -- Continue onto Interstate 10 Frontage Rd (signs for Interstate 10 E)
    -- Turn left onto E Washington St -- Continue straight
    -- Merge onto E Washington St


Explore and Enjoy Phoenix

The Conference and Expo is located in the heart of Phoenix. There's so much to see and visit!


  • The Heard Museum shows the art, artifacts and history of Southwestern people, from Native Americans to Hispanic cultures.
  • Phoenix Art Museum houses both classic and contemporary works from around the world and hosts national travelling exhibits. Their fashion and photography galleries are known throughout the region.
  • The Sonoran Desert is best seen at the Desert Botanical Garden, where more than 50,000 arid-land plants from around the world are on display.
  • The talents of Frank Lloyd Wright are showcased at Taliesin West, which is open for tours year-round.


  • Sports fans can see the Phoenix Suns or Mercury at U.S. Airways Arena, bordered by great places to eat before or after the game.
  • Head to Majerle’s (pronounced: "Marley’s", named after Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle) or Alice Cooper’stown for good eats at these downtown Phoenix restaurants with other fans.


  • You might recognize some of our best downtown Phoenix restaurants from the Food Network, where Pizzeria Bianco has been highlighted, as well as Matt’s Big Breakfast. Expect a wait at both, but the food is worth it.
  • Be sure to also stop by Hanny’s, Phoenix’s first department store, now turned into a hip spot for eats and drinks.
  • Don't miss the intricate and delicious creations by renowned Chef Nobuo Fukuda at Nobuo at Teeter House.
  • Take your pick of nearly 50 craft creations at the unique Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, housed in the historic 1924 Luhrs Building.


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