Message from the Secretary General

The Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) / Societät der Bergbaukunde (SDB) was established in 1990 during a special inaugural meeting hosted by the Montanuniversität in Leoben, Austria. The Society is considered the natural successor of the historic Societät der Bergbaukunde, formed in the early 18th century and recognised as the world's first international scientific society.

Since its inception, the Society functioned primarily as a European entity of senior academics in the mining engineering discipline. By 2003, after almost 14 years of operation, Society membership was increased to 140 members representing 60 mining schools in 36 countries.

At the 14th Annual General Meeting of the Society, in Milos, Greece, 2003, a decision was made to examine the role of the Society in global minerals education, to reassess its vision and membership guidelines and to develop the future direction of the organisation. A special Planning Subcommittee developed a plan of action to allow the Society to transform and position itself as the premier global voice of the academic minerals disciplines and to lead the effort of restructuring minerals education. These issues were presented and discussed at the 2004 Annual General Meeting in Freiberg, Germany and the final constitutional and governance changes to accomplish these objectives were approved at the Annual General Meeting in Ankara, 2005.

Since 2005 the Society has continued to become a more international body, while not losing its European heritage and core values. In 2009 the Society met for the first time outside of Europe, travelling to Sydney, Australia for the annual meeting. Since that time, it has become standard practice to move the annual meetings regularly between Europe and elsewhere (including Peru in 2011, and South Africa in 2014).

In April 2012 a new Strategic Planning Committee was formed and met in Delft to develop some new guidelines and future directions for the Society, and to prepare a second review of the constitution. This revised Constitution, together with a set of Rules and Procedures, was adopted by both the Council and the Society membership at the Annual General Meeting held in Poland in July 2012.

The Society is intended to be a vibrant global Society, representing the majority of mining and mining-related academics. The purpose of the Society is to promote Mining Engineering as an engineering discipline, and to facilitate information exchange, research and teaching collaboration and other collaborative activities among its members.

The vision is to be the leading international society for mining university professionals, recognised for:

  • effective networking;
  • fostering collaboration and innovation in research, teaching and learning practices;
  • relevance and impact for the global mining sector and society at large.

The mission of the Society is to contribute towards a sustainable minerals supply for society through:

  • actively developing and supporting the mining engineering discipline;
  • development of long-term professional relationships;
  • exchanging innovative experience in teaching and learning practice;
  • sharing research experiences, capabilities and future challenges;
  • fostering professional career development and social awareness;
  • providing timely, authoritative and independent comments on relevant global issues.

The Mining Technology Journal is the official journal of the Society of Mining Professors / Societät der Bergbaukunde. All members of the Society with their membership fee receive electronic online access to Mining Technology, as well as discounted print subscription rates. Mining Technology is devoted to all aspects of underground, opencut, and offshore mining operations.

I invite you to browse this website and learn more about the Society and its mission, programs, governance, structure and global focus.

Professor Bruce Hebblewhite
Secretary General

Stevinweg 1 - 2628 CN  Delft
P.O. Box 5048 - 2600 GA  Delft
The Netherlands
Phone: +31(15)278 5001

Professor Bruce Hebblewhite
Head, School of Mining Eng,
The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9385 5160
Mobile: +61 417 267 876
Fax: +61 2 9313 7269