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.

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34th SOMP Annual General Meeting

I'm pleased to invite all SOMP members globally to our 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Sydney, hosted by the globally renowned School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW Sydney, from September 5 to 11, 2024. Our ongoing partnership with the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM) continues, and they will co-host this AGM. For more information visit the SOMP 2024 AusIMM web site.

Sydney, our host city, combines modernity and tradition. With landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and its rich cultural heritage, you'll truly enjoy your stay. Our AGM will also feature visits to high-tech mines in New South Wales, showcasing the best of Australian mining technology.

Additionally, before our AGM, all SOMP members can attend the International Future Mining Conference from September 2 to 4, hosted by UNSW and AusIMM. Delegates get a discount and a chance to present their research.

Our theme this year is 'Building Tomorrow Together through Integrating Technology and Embracing Diversity in Mining'. I believe in our collective effort to shape a future that blends technology, diversity, and sustainability in mining. See our promotional video through this youtube link.

Looking forward to seeing you in Sydney.

Professor Serkan Saydam,

2023-2024 SOMP President

SDIMI 2024

The 11th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry - SDIMI will be held in Torino, Italy on July 9-11, 2024.

We celebrate a journey that commenced in 2003 in the historic island of Milos, Greece, when the landmark MILOS DECLARATION was adopted. The MILOS DECLARATION represents a statement of our collective contribution to a sustainable future using scientific, technical, educational, and research skills and knowledge in minerals extraction and utilization that was endorsed by the leading global professional and scientific organizations and institutes representing the minerals professionals.

SDIMI 2024 will offer a stimulating scientific environment to share knowledge and experience with colleagues coming from all over the world. The conference will also be a great occasion to discover Torino, a wonderful tourist destination, one of the undisputed cultural and scientific capitals of Italy.

SDIMI 2024 aims to continue with our noble journey by building on the progress we have made since 2003. For more information please visit:

2024 International Future Mining Conference

The 6th International Future Mining Conference will take place in Sydney from 2 to 4 September 2024 and will explore transformative technologies, champion innovation and push the boundaries of possibility. The conference will address the digital transformation of the mining sector whilst seeking inspiration and knowledge transfer from diverse disciplines.
The conference program will review:

  •     The digital leap - experience the world of digital transformation with AI, blockchain and quantum computing.
  •     Mining in extreme environments - lore the vast potential of space mining to seabed mining's challenges.
  •     Future skills requirements
  •     Opportunity exploration - diving into remote sensing, 3D printing and earth observation
  •     Energy innovations - insights on mine electrification, energy storage solutions, and the intricate play between global energy markets
  •     Exploring decarbonisation strategies, circular economy models and waste management in a green mining future.

The conference is coordinated with the 2024 SOMP annual meeting which will take place immediately following the Future Mining Conference.  SOMP members can take advantage of a buddled registration. More information is provided at