Salt of the Earth: 2018 World Salt Symposium
June 19-21, 2018
Park City, Utah
The Tenth World Salt Symposium is organized by the Salt Institute, in cooperation with several other salt organizations around the world. The World Salt Symposium focuses on the latest research and development in the international salt sector. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects, embracing the science, engineering, technology, economics and history of all forms of sodium chloride salt and their uses. As a broad international platform, the 2018 World Salt Symposium will enable researchers, producers and users of salt to become acquainted with the latest developments and technologies in this important industrial area.
Park City, Utah is known for summer and winter beauty. You may be familiar with the area for its world renowned skiing or the Sundance Film Festival which draws celebrities from around the world, or the Utah Olympic Park. But if you haven’t experienced Park City in the summer, you are missing out on something special. Beautiful mountains, lakes, waterfalls and rivers surround Park City.
Countries Represented (to date)
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Welcome to Salt of the Earth: 2018 World Salt Symposium. The agenda will be subject to change as the date approaches and final papers are selected.
To date salt experts from over 30 countries have registered for this, the most important meeting on salt in a decade, and we have received research papers from over 20 countries including; Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, and the United States.
Mining and Production
Salt is produced in a variety of ways, from rock salt, to solution mining, to sea salt. Each of these technologies faces their own unique challenges. We will explore innovations in the field of solution mining, allowing more opportunities for substantial improvements in process management and production. Papers will be presented examining the challenges associated with solar salt production, and detail methods that have been developed to address the impacts of various biota on solar salt plants, improving production efficiencies, and other challenges.
Underground salt mining is also constantly evolving with new technologies improving the efficiency of mining and production. We will feature presentations on the variety of geological challenges that impact the field with specific case studies. Of course, safety is a leading concern and we will host a panel session with safety officers and managers from major salt companies around the world, including an in-depth case study of safety enhancement in the salt industry.
Other sessions on salt production will include a presentation on new methods of salt purification and handling natural contaminants that can be found in salt deposits; a presentation from EU Salt on the circular economy and promoting sustainable salt production; and new salt production trends developing around the world including a discussion of the salt business in Africa.
A well-managed winter maintenance program is necessary to keep roadways clear, motorists safe, and the economy humming. Max Perchanok, Coordinator for Innovation and Sustainability, Executive Director’s Office, Ministry of Transportation Ontario, will discuss how to maximize the significant benefit winter maintenance provides the public. New technologies in winter maintenance are also changing the landscape. Tina Greenfield, Winter Maintenance Team RWIS Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Transportation, and chair of the Transportation Research Board committee on winter maintenance, will discuss ways in which new technologies are being used to improve outcomes for the traveling public and enhance the efficiencies of winter operations with specific examples. Bret Hodne, Director of Public Services for the City of West Des Moines, will discuss how these new technologies and societal changes will impact winter maintenance in the coming years.
The issue of salt and health is constantly leading the news as more and better research helps us understand the relationship between salt intake and total health outcomes. Dr. Michael Alderman of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a specialist in hypertension, will discuss his research on understanding the heterogeneity of hypertensive patients and its impact on cardiovascular outcomes. Dr. Andrew Mente of McMaster University will explore the relationship between population health and salt consumption, laying to rest some of the myths in that area.Dr. Jan Staessen from the University of Leuven, Belgium, will discuss how our understanding of the effects of reducing salt intake on cardiovascular health have evolved. Papers will also be presented on the possible links between salt consumption and negative cardiovascular impacts including lab studies. Dr. David McCarron of the University of California, Davis, will outline some of the issues that must be addressed for a better understanding of salt and health. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the need for large randomized controlled trials comparing the impact of low sodium intake (<3g/day) with moderate intake (3 – 5 g/day) on health outcomes in the general population.Iodine deficiency is a significant problem around the world affecting thyroid health and child development. It is the leading cause of mental retardation. Presentation will be featured on how iodized salt has been one of the greatest public health success stories in the last century. A session, sponsored by Kiwanis International, will look at how iodized salt has had a significant public health benefit, with an emphasis on a public health crisis in Haiti.
Finally, we will address the public perception of health issues and salt and how sensationalized news reports can drive undue health concerns and cause negative health effects, when actions are taken based upon poor science. We will also explore better ways to communicate to the public the relationship between salt and health and explore methods that have been shown to be very effective at getting that message across.
Salt and Water Conditioning
Hard water, which is extremely common around the world, not only reduces the efficiency and life of appliances, hard sediment buildup can also promote bacterial growth in pipes and affect health. Presenters will report on advances made in recent years in our understanding both of the benefits of water conditioning using salt and of how new technologies can be employed to make water conditioning still more efficient and effective.
The deadline for paper submission to the 2018 World Salt Symposium has expired. The World Salt Symposium focuses on the latest research and development in the international salt sector. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects embracing the science, engineering, technology, economics and history of all forms of sodium chloride salt and related evaporites. As a broad international platform, the World Salt Symposium 2018 will enable researchers, producers and users of salt to become acquainted with the latest developments and technologies in this important industrial area. By combining a scientific symposium with the opportunity to meet with internationally renowned experts and associations, the World Salt Symposium 2018 will provide a unique and diverse experience for attendees. To learn more about the submission criteria and procedure for future reference please visit Call For Papers.
The summertime weather in Park City is excellent but there are a few important things to keep in mind. The altitude is over 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and it may take a day to get acclimated. The air is very dry so be sure to stay hydrated and bring lip balm. Average temperatures in June range from the mid 70s Fahrenheit (24 C) to down to the mid 40s (7 C) in the evening so please pack accordingly. This article may help, “How to Adjust to Higher Altitudes.” The dress code for the symposium itself is business casual.
Salt Lake City International Airport, a short 45 minute ride from Park City, is a bustling facility with over 300 flights daily on nine different airlines. Travel between Park City and Salt Lake City is easy. If you plan on doing non-symposium activities, car rentals are available from the airport. Please be aware that you will need to make transportation arrangements from the Salt Lake City airport to your hotel in Park City and back. A taxi costs about $125 each way, while an Uber or Lyft is about half that price. Either of these options will be available for you at the airport or your hotel. You will need the appropriate app and wifi (available for free at the airport, your hotel, and many other places) in order to use Uber or Lyft.
A less expensive option is a group shuttle service. The Salt Institute has made arrangements with Snow Country Limousines to serve your needs. You will need to schedule your pick up and drop of with them directly at https://snowcountrylimo.com/salt. This link will provide you with either a shared option or a private luxury SUV. If you choose the shared option, you will be grouped with other people who are arriving at the airport within 30-45 minutes of each other. The shuttle van will drop guests off at their prospective hotels in order of proximity and may make multiple stops. On your return trip, they will send you an email during the conference to let you know what time you will need to leave your hotel to ensure that you make your flight on time. If you choose a luxury SUV, the cost is higher each way, but the vehicle will be reserved exclusively for your party of up to five individuals and take you directly to and from your hotel.
Once you arrive in Park City at one of our host hotels rest assured it will be easy to get wherever you want to go. The Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Chateaux are across the street and an easy walk from one another. The Montage is just up the mountain and we offer free shuttle service back and forth.
Our beautiful and unique host hotels have offered greatly discounted room block rates for World Salt Symposium attendees. Below we list the host hotels with their website links and phone numbers. The special room rates for our symposium range from $179 to $449 per day with most of them priced under $220. If you call to make your reservation, please ask for the World Salt Symposium room block.
Stein Eriksen Lodge – Deer Valley
Welcome to the best five star ski hotel in the world. During the summer the lifts remain open for tourism and mountain biking as well as many other area activities. The Stein Eriksen is the main host hotel and the location for all of our sessions and presentations. World Salt Symposium room rates for this host hotel vary from $219 to $279.
Telephone: (800) 453-1302
The Chateaux – Deer Valley
This Forbes Four-Star hotel is the perfect home base for adventure and relaxation. Stroll across to the mid-mountain chairlifts. Play on the high country trails. It is located just across the street from our main host hotel. Rooms start at just $179 per night.
Telephone: (435) 658-9500
The Montage Deer Valley
An authentic yet refined mountain retreat located less than five minutes from Park City’s celebrated Main Street. The Montage Deer Valley offers the largest spa in Utah, five inspired dining options including a pub with its own bowling alley, along with amazing year‐round activities including hiking, mountain biking, golf, outdoor concerts, and fly‐fishing. Transportation is provided between Montage and Stein, our main host hotel. There are both room and suite options currently available from $349 to $449. We have special room and suite rates for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. Nights outside of the room block may be at different rates. If you wish to reserve rooms in addition to these nights, you will want to call the hotel and discuss different options and room prices.
Telephone: (435) 604-1301
There are many possible activities in and around Park City for your enjoyment. Guests will need to schedule any activities they would like directly with the links provided below.
UTAH OLYMPIC PARK: Cradled by the Wasatch Mountains, the 389-acre Utah Olympic Park venue is located in Park City. The Park is a winter sports venue built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and home to six Nordic Ski Jumps, a 1,335-meter sliding track with five start areas, a freestyle aerials winter training and competition hill, a 750,000-gallon summer freestyle aerial training pool, the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum. It still serves a training center for Olympic and development level athletes and is a popular destination for tourists. An event function at this unique venue will be an unforgettable evening that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world. The Day Lodge features two large rooms with decks offering great views of the Park’s Nordic ski jumps, and the Terrain Park. The Museum provides guests the opportunity to experience an interactive tour of the Alf Engen Ski Museum and feel speeds of eighty miles-per- hour while simulating the downhill course at Snowbasin Ski Resort, or experience the sensation of face shots on a powder run at Alta Ski Resort in the three- dimensional Ski Theater. Both the Day Lodge and the Museum offer an excellent dining experience.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: The world famous Sundance Film Festival takes place annually in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort. Held in January, the festival attracts nearly 50,000 visitors including famous movie stars and is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections.
WASATCH NATIONAL FOREST: Wasatch National Forest was first established in 1906 with 86,440 acres. Later combined with the Cache National Forest, the total area now encompasses over 1.6 million acres of natural wonders and ecologically-diverse landscapes and is one of the most frequently visited National Forests in the nation. The area is full of hiking and biking trails, as well as zip lining, and world class fly fishing.
FLY FISHING: Enjoy a unforgettable experience at the Provo River — Utah’s famed blue-ribbon trout stream! Whether you are a seasoned fly fisher or a novice we will make your experience in Utah one to remember and one that you can’t wait to repeat again and again. Take a half day and or a full day fly fishing trip on the Weber or Provo Rivers. Along with an exceptional guide, you will be provided with all necessary fly fishing equipment, including waders, wading shoes and rods. Your professional guide will educate you with all you need to know to have the top notch cast. Snacks, sodas and water also accompany each fly fishing outing and your guide will provide you with the best flies for the fishing conditions.
MOUNTAIN BIKING: A new perspective on picturesque Park City is a short distance away along any of the varied mountain bike trails that intertwine in the hills above town. Your guide will help you discover the perfect trail for your interests, from a mostly downhill historic tour to a high intensity hill- climbing challenge. Come see why Park City’s backyard playground is home to the only IMBA Gold Rated Mountain Bike Trail System in the US!
HORSEBACK RIDING: Experience the area’s natural beauty with a professionally guided horseback ride. Your guide will offer you basic instructions on saddling and riding techniques while you enjoy the peace and tranquility of our local mountain trails. Enjoy alpine lakes, wildflower meadows and unbeatable mountain views. It is one of the most enjoyable ways to appreciate Park City’s outdoors.
PROVO RIVER FLOAT: A summer day on the Provo river is one of the most delightful activities in Utah. Have a blast tubing down the Provo River on our custom made, heavy-duty tubes. Our Tubing trips start below Deer Creek and finish at our private take-out and parking area at Vivian Park. Recommend 12 years or older or 5’4″ and weigh between 80 – 275 lbs. River Sandals or Light Shoes and Long-Sleeve shirt reduce scratches and chaffing. We offer Inflatable Kayaks and self-guided Rafts as fun, safer alternatives for youth, families with kids or heavy adults. Provo River Tubing is strenuous and requires decent swimming skills and good physical shape as rapids and obstacles are found on the river. Cooler Tubes, Wetsuit and River Booties are also available for rent.
BRIDAL VEIL FALLS: Bridal Veil Falls is a stunning natural 607-foot-tall (185 m) double cataract waterfall in the south end of Provo Canyon. It’s easily accessible via a trail that connects to the parking lot. The trail to the falls is open year-round and features picnic tables with barbecue grills, plenty of parking, as well as grassy picnic spots. Bridal Veil Park sits next to the Provo River and is a short walk down the paved Provo River Parkway Trail to Bridal Veil Falls.
GOLFING: Your group can enjoy golfing 9 or 18 holes on a variety of the public and private courses in the area with the unforgettable mountain backdrop. Driving distance can range from 10-45 minutes depending on the course.
ALPINE SLIDE & ALPINE COASTER: Thrill seekers meet your match with Utah’s only Alpine Coaster and alpine slide. The elevated track winds you through more than a mile of loops, curves and hair-pin curves at speeds up to 30 mph. Just like your favorite roller coaster but with the refreshing mountain scenery of Park City
In addition to the many excellent restaurants located at the hotel properties there is also a vibrant downtown just minutes away. You can shop in the heart of Park City’s historic Main Street, a delightful blend of the Old West and the allure of contemporary art galleries and specialty boutiques. Victorian homes and buildings house a unique collection of shops and restaurants. All are centrally located in Old Town, making shopping convenient and leisurely. Take a glimpse into the romantic past of mining at the charming local museum, housed in the old brick jailhouse.
MAIN STREET: Park City’s main street is a vibrant mix of shopping, sightseeing and interesting activities. A creative painting class allows you to discover your artistic talent with an afternoon or evening event. Relax with a glass of wine and let your creative juices flow while you follow our instructor step-by-step to recreate a featured painting. Music, mingling, wine and personalized instruction help to create a fun and relaxed social setting (thepaintmixer.com). You may continue your art experience with an Art Gallery Tour. Whether you’re an art lover, interested in learning more or need help developing your art collection, this tour will take you on an art adventure that highlights local galleries, art organizations and the artists themselves. Enjoy meeting art dealers and artists during one-on-one interactions and learn valuable tips on collecting, pricing and valuing artwork.
RIVERHORSE CAFÉ ON MAIN – AMERICAN-CONTINENTAL CUISINE
A favorite among the locals since 1987, the Riverhorse Café has a reputation for fine food and unsurpassed service. The exhibition kitchen allows you to see and smell the art of preparation, while the second floor location allows you to watch the hustle and bustle of Main Street. The elegant atmosphere and superb American–Continental cuisine make dining at the Riverhorse an outstanding experience. (435) 649-3536
WAHSO ASIAN GRILL – ASIAN RESTAURANT
Step into a different world and marvel at the unique collection of Asian artifacts collected from around the globe. East meets West in this dramatic fusion as represented by both the décor and the gourmet delicacies. Experience the only Asian fusion cuisine found on Historic Main Street at Wahso. The chefs here have combined classic Asian food with the traditional American grill to make a cuisine both interesting and enchanting. (435) 615-0300
GRAPPA – ITALIAN CUISINE
Start your evening off with a cocktail reception on the outdoor patio or deck with beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains. Then, move inside to enjoy Italian dining in authentic Tuscan style. Seated at the top of Historic Main Street, Grappa is an exquisite favorite among locals and visitors alike. This dining extravagance makes for a magical night in Tuscany set against the picturesque mountain backdrop that makes Park City famous. (435) 645-0636
CHIMAYO – SOUTHWESTERN FLARE
The chefs at Chimayo blend Southwestern attributes with progressive French-American techniques. This unique style of cuisine is complimented by the charming southwest ambiance surrounding you. All of the tables are situated to give you a very intimate feel, allowing you to enjoy your company as much as your food at this distinctive restaurant. (435) 649-6222
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