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.

The 4th International Future Mining Conference 2019

The 4th International Future Mining Conference (Nov 19-20, 2019) follows the very successful previous three conferences held in Sydney in 2008, 2011 and 2015.

The organising committee is very excited and fully energised to put together a great program aiming to address and discuss:

•    the future mining industry needs for perpetual innovation in the digital age,
•    transforming mining systems through integration of advanced technologies, and
•    mining operational excellence to achieve cost competitive, safe and environmentally responsible operations.

Mining production is crucial for global socio-economic development and is linked to almost every industry value-chain. However, the current climate of sustained global minerals demand, coupled with deeper orebodies and lower ore grades, extreme mining conditions, and a range of social and environmental challenges, presents a series of challenges for the future. To eliminate and overcome these challenges, we aim to create a discussion platform to enable mining industry to transform scientific knowledge and advanced technologies from other disciplines and industries into mining systems to retain cost-competitive, safe and environmentally friendly operations.

In Future Mining 2019, we aim to integrate well-informed and thought ideas in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) technologies such as automation, communication, and achieve “sustainable technology-integrated mining practices”. The Future Mining Conference series has become a very important event in the mining calendar, so we encourage you to save the date, present a paper, participate in the conference and hear from world technology leaders to “get future-ready”.

Conference details can be found at

Prof Serkan Saydam MAusIMM, UNSW
Future Mining 2019 Conference Chair

SOMP 30th Annual Meeting and Conference, June 29 - July 5, 2019, Bochum, Germany

The 30th SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in Bochum, Germany, from June 29 to July 5, 2019.

The program of our Annual General Meeting is designed with the idea of having a dynamic conference presentations, workshops, panels, parallel sections, poster presentations and open discussions will be include in the program. It will also include a special post-mining session, pre-conference and post-conferences technical tours. The accompanying persons program includes tours to Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Münster as well as visits to highlights of the Metropole Ruhr.

For more information and for the second circular click here.