One of Australia’s biggest resources conferences for retail investors is expecting record attendance at this year’s event on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Resources Rising Stars, which is in its 15th year, looks set to crack 800 investor registrations.

More than 30 junior and mid-tier companies and a host of high-profile keynote speakers will be presenting at the event.

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The conference kicks off at 8.50am on Tuesday May 29 and runs until 4.30pm Thursday May 30.

Battery metals will be a key theme with presentations from companies in lithium, graphite and cobalt.

In the lithium space, investors will hear from Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) and Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR).

Graphite will be covered with Battery Minerals (ASX:BAT) and Kibaran Resources (ASX:KNL), while Nzuri Copper (ASX:NZAC), New World Cobalt (ASX:NWC), Centaurus Metals (ASX:CTM) and Hylea Metals (ASX:HCO) are team cobalt.

Attendees will also get an insight into what is happening in the burgeoning base metals space from players like Mincor Resources (ASX:MCR) and Great Boulder Resources (ASX:GBR).

The much-loved gold sector will be in the spotlight with presentations from Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST), Dacian Gold (ASX:DCN), Millennium Minerals (ASX:MOY) and Red 5 (ASX:RED).

Among the high-profile keynote speakers will be former ANZ chief economist and one of Australia’s best-known economic commentators, Saul Eslake, and respected resources analyst Hedley Widdup from Lion Selection Group.