Society of Mining Professors

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.

Urgent Message

Message to potential SOMP 2014 delegates from Professor Ronny Webber-Youngman, SOMP President 2013/2014

Dear potential SOMP 2014 delegate, please urgenlty complete the following requirements for SOMP South Africa 2014 (remember this is a very unique special 25th SOMP anniversary celebration meeting, we want to accommodate as many delegates as possible and great program is planned):

  • Urgently complete the SOMP conference registration; we need to finalise numbers in terms of the delegates and partners programs (only 24 registrations and attendance confirmed thus far, plus 5 partners).  It will be very much appreciated if as many or if possible all registrations could be done and concluded before the end of May 2014, this will facilitate planning with regards numbers associated with the different activities in the program.  Thank you to those early birds that did register already
  • Confirm bookings for accommodation at Maslow hotel (conference venue) as pre-booked rooms cannot be held indefinitely, deadline for hotel accommodation as part of SOMP reservation strategy is middle of May 2014

We have only received 50% from authors of the accepted abstracts' papers for refereeing (those in progress), deadline for final paper acceptance therefore extended to Monday the 5th of May 2014, no further extensions will be allowed.

25th Annual General Meeting, June 26-30, South Africa

2014 will mark our silver anniversary of meetings - 25 years. Τhe 25th Annual Meeting will be held in South Africa and we are all invited by our President- Elect, Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, to come to South Africa in late June, 2014 for: SOMP 2014 "A Southern Africa Silver Anniversary" co-hosted by The Department of Mining Engineering, University of Pretoria, and The School of Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand. A promotional video for the meeting can be downloaded from here.

The second circular for the 2014 SOMP meeting which will be held between 26 and 30 June 2014, is available here.

Members can use this registration form to register to the meeting and this form to reserve accomodation.

You are all invited to attend!

SME / WFEO Task Force on mining and sustainability meeting within SOMP 2014

The SME / WFEO Task Force on mining and sustainability will meet on 25 June from 12:00 to 18:00.  The program will include a workshop to develop curriculum for an international capacity building seminar.  A detailed agenda of our workshop will be available later. The task force meeting will be held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton/Johannesburg, where the SOMP meeting will be held. There is no fee to attend the WFEO task force meeting.    Representatives from the WFEO task force on capacity building to attend, as well as SAIMM and Africare have been invited to attend.  We look forward to you attending our task force workshop and contributing your expertise to the development of a capstone work product for the WFEO. For more information contact Chair Nikhil Trivedi (