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.

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 (


Our latest newsletter, number 40 in the series is now available. Sign in with your member password and access the Documents menu. The newsletter provides information about developments and progress on various SOMP initiatives, a brief account of previous meetings; and news about future meetings and other SOMP activities.

The deadline for nominations for the Guenter Fettweis Award and the Ludwig Wilke Award is 15 April 2014. Check for details.

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