Dominique François-Bongarçon graduated as a Mining Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Mining Sciences and Techniques at the Geostatistics Center from the Paris School of Mines (Paris Tech).
Kim H. Esbensen, a geologist/geochemist/data analyst of training, has been working 20+ years in the forefront of chemometrics, but since 2000 he has devoted most of his scientific R&D and educational outreach to the theme of representative sampling.
Dr Ralph Holmes obtained BSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Melbourne in 1967 and 1972 respectively, and joined CSIRO in November 1971 to work on the application of nuclear techniques to the on-line analysis of iron ore.
Dr. Li Huachang, professor with special government allowance, is general manager of BGRIMM MTC Technology Co., Ltd.and executive deputy director of the national inspection laboratory (heavy non-ferrous metals). He has published 12 books, 119 papers and contributes to more than 40 Chinese and international standards.
Geoff is the Principal of Materials Sampling & Consulting Pty Ltd. in Brisbane Australia. He has carried out consultancies in particulate sampling for over 38 years for clients in Australia and overseas.
Professor Richard Minnitt has taught into the undergraduate and postgraduate programme at the University of the Witwatersrand for the past 23 years, covering topics in geostatistics, mineral economics, sampling theory and practice, grade control and the marketing of mineral products.
Pentti Minkkinen is Professor emeritus at Lappeenranta Lahti University of Technology (LUT) where he started teaching the theory and applications of sampling in 1978, later also chemometrics, as integral parts of process analytical chemistry.
Dr. Francis F. Pitard is a consulting expert in Sampling, Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Total Quality Management (TQM). He is President of Francis Pitard Sampling Consultants (www.fpscsampling.com) and Technical Director of Mineral Stats Inc. (MSI) in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. He provides consulting services in many countries.
Roger Brewer is senior environmental scientist with the Hawai’i Department of Health and has worked as a consultant in Asia and South America.
Dr. Brochot obtained his doctorate (PhD) in physics from the University of Orleans-Tours and completed his education with a degree in mathematical engineering and computer processing techniques. He joined BRGM in 1991 as head of the software development and researcher.
Oscar Dominguez Gonzalez is the Global Principal Geoscientist QAQC at BHP Technical Centre of Excellence and Legacy Assets. He is a geologist and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Gerrit van Hooydonck is the manager of the sampling specialist team at Umicore Precious Metal Refining in Hoboken (Belgium).
Mr. Martin Lischka (M. Sc. Geosciences and Environment), has more than nine years of experience on the field of sample taking and sample preparation. He is currently working in the R&D department at HERZOG Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG.
Dr Claudia Paoletti is the Deputy Head of the GMO Unit and leader of the molecular characterization, food and feed risk assessment team, focusing on food and feed safety assessment and on the development of appropriate sampling approaches.
Dr. Romañach is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus, and Site Leader for the Center for Structured Organic Particle Systems (http://ercforsops.org).