The Society which has been in existence since 1958 provides a forum for those involved in the minerals engineering and allied industries, and has as its principal aim:-
'To advance the knowledge, understanding and practice of minerals engineering, the science dealing with the processes for the separation and concentration of the valuable minerals, and the disposal of waste minerals from such processes'
From its origins in 1958 as the Coal Preparation Society, its membership has embraced representatives of the major coal producers, academia, process equipment manufacturers and companies involved in the design and construction of minerals processing plants.
The Society changed its name to the Minerals Engineering Society (MES) in 1970 and has gone on to attract members from all fields of minerals engineering.
Through its technical meetings, publications and social activities, the MES provides a conduit for the exchange of ideas, information and knowledge between like-minded people working in the minerals engineering and reclamation/recycling industries.