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 Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is honoured to collaborate with the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) to host the 32nd Society of Mining Professors Annual Meeting and Conference  The meeting will take be at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort, Windhoek, Namibia, from 8–14 September 2022.

Our Annual Meeting and Conference Meeting programme will follow a participatory and interdisciplinary approach through the following activities; conference presentations, workshops, panels, poster presentations, and open discussions. It will also include a spouses and partners programme, pre-conference, and post-conference technical tours. The accompanying person program includes tours to the Museum, Windhoek City, Game Drive and lunch, and community tours.

We look forward to a great conference and meeting. We also urge you to explore the unique opportunity to experience our excellent Namibian hospitality and country during your stay. The call for papers is now open, and prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers in English.

7 February 2022 - Submission of abstracts
21 February 2022 - Acceptance of abstracts
4 April 2022 - Submission of papers

The Annual Meeting and Conference programme outline is as below;
9 -10 September 2022 - Mine Tour B2Gold Mine
11 September 2022 - NUST Windhoek Tour + Council Meeting
12 September 2022 - SOMP Conference Day 1
13 September 2022 - SOMP Conference Day 2
14 September 2022— SOMP Conference Day 3

SDIMI 2022 (Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry)

The SDIMI 2022 (Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry) conference will take place in Namibia from 15-17 September 2022, following the Annual General Meeting of SOMP 2022. Check for more details.

This will be the first time the SDIMI conference will be held in Africa. The conference will feature presentations from experts and practitioners on advances in social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and related technical issues relevant to the Namibian and African mining sector and other areas around the world. Visit for more details on this conference series. 

The call for papers is now open and prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers in English.

Key Dates:
Submission of abstracts – 1 December 2021 - 1 March 2022
Acceptance of abstracts – 14 March 2022
Submission of extended abstracts – 16 May 2022

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.