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.

28th SOMP Annual Conference in Torino Italy, July 2017

The 28th Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in Torino, from July 3rd through 6th, 2017. It is going to be a very exciting meeting, followed by a post-conference tour in the famous white marble quarries of Carrara, with excursions to the historic towns of Toscana and to the spectacular beaches of "Cinque Terre" in Liguria.

The conference website can be accessed through this link:

Update (24 APR 2017): The post conference tour is now confirmed. For additional reservations the deadline has been postponed until May 8th, 2017.

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

Full paper submission by March 20, 2017