The Mission

The Society of Mining Professors/Societät der Bergbaukunde is a vibrant Society representing the global academic community and committed to make a significant contribution to the future of the minerals disciplines. The main goal of the Society is to guarantee the scientific, technical, academic and professional knowledge required to ensure a sustainable supply of minerals for mankind. The Society facilitates information exchange, research and teaching partnerships and other collaborative activities among its members.

27th SOMP Annual Conference in Washington DC, September 2016

The 27th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), jointly organized by the West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kentucky, under the leadership of our current SOMP president Prof. Vlad Kecojevic, will be held in Washington, DC, USA from the 21st through the 24th of September 2016.

It is our pleasure to invite all members to join us for the 2016 meeting and conference in Washington, DC.

The final conference program is available here. A pocket size program is available here.

5th SOMP Regional Meeting, Bangkok, July 2016

Building on the success of the 1st SOMP Regional Meeting held in Chang Mai in 2013, followed by equally successful meetings respectively in Vietnam, Namibia and Colombia, the 5th Regional SOMP Meeting will be held in Bangkok in July. The Meeting will take place at Chulalongkorn University in the heart of Bangkok.  There will be two days of meetings with a one day field trip to a local potash project, that is expected to be the next significant mining investment in Thailand. It will be an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with mining professors from ASIAN/ASEAN regions and members of SOMP who come from various parts of the world.  There will also be a Regional Conference “ASEAN++ 2016” held by the Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, and sponsored by AUN/Seed-Net and others between 28th to 30th July (2 days ahead of the 5th SOMP Regional Meeting). More information is available here.

Planning for the 2017 SDIMI Conference

The 2017 Conference on Sustainable Development for the Minerals Industry (SDIMI) will be held in Beijing, China, from June 25 to June 29, 2017.  The theme of the conference is Adapting Mineral Exploitation to Sustainability for Safety, Health, Environment and Community and the topics include (a)  Mineral extraction and sustainability  (b) Mine land stewardship and geohazard prevention (c) Safety, health, environment and community (d) Risk management and life cycle assessment (e) Best practices and sustainable mining practices (f) Social responsibility and accountability (g) Sustainable land use and raw materials supply (h) Inspection, certification and auditing (i) Fossil fuels and new energy for sustainability (j) Mineral and energy resources policy (k) Unconventional resources for sustainability (l) Resources, energy and emerging economies (m) Mine communities and good governance (n) Technology, education and capacity building.

The first circular is available here.
The conference website is

Abstract submission by January 16, 2017
Full paper submission by March 20, 2017