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.

SOMP 31st Annual Meeting and Conference, Sept 21 - Sept 24, 2021, Medellín, Colombia

The 2021 AGM (31st Annual General Meeting) will be held in Medellin, the industrial city of Colombia, from September 21 through September 24, 2021. The SOMP meeting and conference is co-hosted by the School of Mines at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and AIMC (Asociación de Profesionales del Sector Minero Colombiano – Colombian mining sector professionals), under the leadership of Prof. Oscar Restrepo.

The meeting will be held in hybrid mode, that is both in person and online. Those who would be able to travel will be meeting in Medellin, while those who will not have an opportunity to join us in person will be able to join online from the comfort of their places of origin.

The partners program has been designed to be a very interesting time spent with several exciting activities including visits some places in Medellin and surroundings. We have also planned a pre-meeting optional tour and a post-meeting field trip to a mining project.

We look forward to greeting you in Medellin, Colombia, in September 2021.

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SOMP Anthem

The SOMP Council and membership approved a new SOMP Anthem in 2020.

This song was written and performed by the past SOMP President and the President of Georg Agricola University, Jürgen Kretschmann.

This innovative and inspirational performance by Prof. Kretschmann can be seen through the following YouTube link:

Mines of the Future

SOMP members Professors Serkan Saydam, Bruce Hebblewhite, Michael Karmis and Michael Hitch recently finalised the “Mines of the Future” project. This report aimed to produce a high quality, internationally focused reference report and established an editorial committee which invited academic and industry thinkers, and technologists to contribute to the report. The report provides a vision of the mines of the future, for 2030 and beyond, and the impacts on required skills and future educational curricula and research needs. The Mines of the Future report has five main chapters, with the topics in each chapter focusing on the Current Status, the Future, and Transitioning to the Future: Operational Efficiency; Novel Mining Systems; Sustainable Mining Practices; Education and Research. 

The Mines of the Future Version 1.0 (Major Findings) Report is expected to be a leading international reference for the future – primarily for mining educators and researchers, but also for other mining industry stakeholders such as mining companies, equipment suppliers, governments and other interested parties. This report includes the major findings of the comprehensive report which will be available later in 2019 separately.

Click here to download a copy of the report.