10th world conference on sampling and blending

June 1-3, 2021
Kristiansand, Norway

Program overview


Detailed conference program will be announced.

The organisational committee has decided on the following contemporary themes for the conference programme:

  • Theory of Sampling (TOS)
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)
  • Mining and Process industry
  • Minerals and Metals
  • Environmental sampling, Sustainability and Circular Economy
  • Agro, Food, Feed and Aquaculture Sampling
  • Pharmaceutical Sampling
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT)
  • New development and Equipment in Sampling

During the conference, you will have the possibility to engage in fruitful discussions during the intermissions and broaden your network in the sampling community. The organizational committee ensures that the conference will be held in a safe and secure manner with respect to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. If your physical attendance is not possible, you can register for a streaming option (oral lectures only).

Gala dinner

The venue for the Gala dinner is the Haubitz hall ("Låven").

During the German attack on Kristiansand on April 9, 1940, the old ammunition store at the top of Odderøya was destroyed. On this site the Germans built a barn for ammunition storage. Since 1992, when  the Norwegian Armed Forces left Odderøya, the barn has been empty, until Kjetil Grande brought it back to life in 2017. Now the barn is used as a concert venue, as well as for different events, like fairs and celebrations.

Short Courses

Prior to the official programme, you’ll have the possibility of attending a set of short courses on the 30th and 31st of May on different sampling topics. These courses, arranged by experts in the field of sampling, will give the participants an opportunity to strengthen their competency within these topics:

One Day short courses

  1. Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Sampling (TOS) – a new didactics for science, technology, industry, commerce and society.
    Course provider: Kim H. Esbensen, KHE Consulting, Denmark.
  2. Grade Control in Underground Gold Operations. 
    Course providers: Dr. Simon Dominy.
  3. Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and TOS-compliant sampling in Pharmaceutical production and monitoring - the rules of the game!
    Course providers: Brad Swarbrick, Rodolfo Romañach and Kim H. Esbensen.

Two Day short courses

  1. Variograms and their analysis for improved process knowledge.
    Course provider: Dr Geoffrey Lyman, Principal, Materials Sampling & Consulting, Southport, Australia.
  2. Sampling Theory and Practice, their Economic Impact (Day 1) and Analysis of Sampling Correctness and the Futility of Bias Tests (Day 2).
    Course providers: D. Francois-Bongarcon (AGORATEK International Consultants Inc., Canada) & Francis F. Pitard (Francis Pitard Sampling Consultants, LLC).


Read more about each short course here and register for a short course here. Chose tickets in the registration form.

All short courses incl. lunch, drinks and snacks.