Message from the President

Greetings from Italy!

I am honored to serve as President of the Society of Mining Professors/SOMP (Societät der Bergbaukunde) for 2016-2017. I am keen to work with our Secretary-General Bruce Hebblewhite, with SOMP Council and Committees and, particularly, with the SOMP membership in the coming year! As a team, we will endeavor to bring tremendous and original experiences to SOMP members.

First of all, I would like to thank our former President Vlad Kecojevic for his professionalism and effective organization of our 27th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington DC, USA, last September. It will be a challenge for me to match Vlad; however I will make every effort to bring interesting discussions during the next Annual Meeting and Conference in Torino in 2017.

SOMP is a vibrant Society, representing a global academic community and committed to make a significant contribution to the future of mining industry and related technology with members from all Academic world that continue to grow! It’s a truly international body of mining Academics from 47 different Countries representing 116 Mining Universities and Institutions across all continents and an invaluable international network of colleagues. We are 275 members with 43 members that have registered just last year; it's particularly exciting to see the growth of junior members!

Our Society is committed to improve the quality of scientific, technical, academic and professional knowledge and the participation in International Research opportunities. The new frontiers of scientific research, technological requirements and higher education require a deeper cooperation and SOMP facilitates information exchange, research and teaching partnerships and other collaborative activities among its members that lead to knowledge sharing. The Society has built, over the years, an efficient and constructive dialogue with the international research community, implementing actions aimed at attracting academics and researchers from many different countries, also in the perspective of strengthening qualified relations among universities and research centers.

Some of the major achievements to date include establishment of regional meetings to assist with capacity building; assistance with curriculum development and teaching by multiple SOMP universities; sharing of innovative teaching technologies; collaborative international research projects; collaborative teaching models; sharing innovative teaching and learning/assessment tools; academic staff exchanges, visits, referencing for promotions; writing collaborative research papers and international benchmarking of curricula and staff profiles.

SOMP has set a very ambitious Strategic Plan towards 2020 and beyond. I invite you to become involved and proactive, share your ideas and help our society excel in the future. SOMP always welcomes new members and ideas. Our annual meetings and conferences are both educational and social, and they provide valuable networking opportunities.

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

I look forward to greeting you in Piemonte, between the Alps and the sea!

Best regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen und Glückauf

Marilena Cardu
Associate Professor at DIATI Environment, Land and Infrastructures Department
Politecnico di Torino
C.so Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 – 10129 Torino, Italy
phone: + 39 011 090 7655; +39 335 6747261
e-mail: marilena.cardu@polito.it web: www.polito.it