British Lime Association (BLA) part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA)


british lime association






Symposium on UK-Lime Research

The British Lime Association (BLA) has taken the decision to postpone the BLA UK-Lime Research Symposium for 12 months. We believe this will allow us to deliver the vibrant face-to-face event, with excellent networking opportunities, which the Symposium is intended to achieve.

We are currently proposing to hold the Symposium on Wednesday 13 October 2021. Despite this change of date, we still plan to structure the Symposium around the same themes and continue to welcome your attendance.

As before, we are intending the hold the event at University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, although understandably we have yet to confirm the details.

We are still planning to offer prizes for the best presentations and posters by students and early career researchers, so this is a great opportunity to do some work around the manufacture and uses of lime.

Although we have already received some excellent abstracts concerning the research going on across the UK, we are still inviting students and academics in higher education institutions, as well as early career professionals and industry practitioners, to submit abstracts on their research work to present at the Symposium.

Please contact to be added to our Symposium mailing list, and keep the date free in your diary.

Key dates

Submission of Abstracts: Friday 30 April 2021
Confirmation of Presentation/Poster: Friday 2 July 2021
Registration Closes: Friday 10 September 2021
Research Symposium: Wednesday 13 October 2021

This Symposium is free to attend:

  • Prizes for the best presentations and posters
  • Formal proceedings will be published
  • Discussion groups at the Symposium will help identify areas of new research
  • Careers break-outs to learn more about the career opportunities in the lime industry.

Areas of interest for the BLA

The BLA represents members producing 'industrial mineral lime' – calcium oxide and hydroxide products.

Lime is used across a diverse range of markets including steel & metals manufacturing, water & wastewater treatment, emissions control, biocides, animal feed as well as in soil modification and stabilisation, asphalt, and in mortars and renders for construction.

Manufacturing involves quarrying, high temperature processing, emissions control and environmental management, bulk storage and transport logistics, as well as health and safety.

Abstracts on all these topics, and any others, are welcomed. If you would like any further guidance, please contact us. In order to accommodate the broadest range of research interests we are organising the day into three themes:

  • Lime and the path to net zero
  • Construction and civil engineering uses of lime
  • Environmental applications for lime

Invitation for Abstracts

Abstract Template

The BLA plans to prepare a book of accepted abstracts for Symposium delegates and publish the abstracts on its website.

For this reason, abstracts must be in the abstract template downloadable from here.

Abstracts should be sent to:

Abstracts must be received by 00:00 Friday 30 April 2021

A review panel will consider all abstracts and on acceptance will group them in themes and allocate them a presentation/poster slot in the Symposium programme.

Abstracts may be published on the BLA website, and the BLA may provide copies of abstracts to delegates attending the Symposium.

Abstract details
  • Abstracts should be around 250 words long and with a clear title. The abstract should summarise the paper.
  • The details of all authors should be included, along with the contact details for the key author.
  • Any preference for a presentation or poster must be noted. The BLA will attempt to accommodate preferences but this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Selected authors will be invited to write a paper, after the Symposium, to be published in the formal proceedings and made available on the BLA website in early 2022.

Outline Programme – To be confirmed

9:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome to the BLA UK-Lime Research Symposium
Introduction to UK lime manufacturing and lime applications
  Keynote presentation: The importance of academic and industry collaboration in a rapidly changing world
Dr Giovanni Pesce – Northumbria University
  Theme 1: Lime and the path to net zero
  Keynote presentation: Hydrated lime in asphalt for longer life roads
Dr Helen Bailey – University of Derby
11:30 Refreshment break
12:00 Theme 2: Construction and civil engineering uses of lime
  Keynote presentation: Air lime and formulated lime for mortars and renders
Dr Richard Ball – University of Bath
  Careers in lime
13:30 Lunch
14:15 The challenges of modern lime manufacturing
Introduction to discussion groups
Discussion groups on future research for the sector
15:15 Refreshment break
Extended poster session Careers break-outs
16:15 Theme 3: Environmental applications for lime
  Keynote presentation: Lime in major projects
Dr Paul Beetham – Nottingham Trent University
17:15 Closing Session
Feedback from discussion groups
Awarding prizes and closing remarks
18:00 Close

Please contact to be added to our Symposium mailing list, and keep the date free in your diary.



Top of page I Disclaimer I Download guide I Sitemap
Enter the dedicated MPA members websiteBLA, Gillingham House, 38-44 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HU
Tel: 020 7963 8000 Fax: 020 7963 8001 Email: