32ND SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference
Pre-Conference: 08 - 09 September 2022
Main Conference: 12 – 14 September 2022
First on the line-up is the 32ND SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference, starting with a pre-conference technical tour to the B2Gold Namibia operated Otjikoto Gold Mine that will be held from 08 – 09 September 2022. Otjikoto Gold Mine is currently in the process of converting into an underground mine and will offer delegates a firsthand experience of the techno-economics and intricacies of an open pit mine converting into an underground mine. The mining operation is also a typical example of how mining operations can co-exist with local communities and rich wildlife resources. The main conference will last 3 days, starting on 12 September until the 14 September 2022. Professor Harmony Musiyarira, the Executive Dean of the Faculty, is the current president of the international academic and scientific community, having been elected as president-designate for the organisation at the 29TH Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Beijing, China in 2018. Formed in 1990, the Society of Mining Professors is a vibrant society representing the global academic community and committed to making 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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SDIMI International Conference
Conference Dates: 15 - 17 September 2022
Theme: ‘Making Economies Great Through Sustainable Mineral Development’
Following the SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference, is the SDIMI International Conference, being held from 15 – 17 September. Worth noting is that this marks the first time that a SDIMI International Conference comes to African soil, since inception in 2003. The SDIMI conference, being held under the theme ‘Making Economies Great Through Sustainable Mineral Development’, is equally attracting delegates spanning across the globe, ranging from executives of multinational companies, academics and leaders in government and civic society. Similarly, the SDIMI conference will consist of paper presentations and panel discussions. The post conference tour will be held in the town of Swakopmund, a key tourist destination for Namibia, offering delegates an opportunity to experience the rich and old history of the Namib desert as it interfaces with the South Atlantic Ocean, a particularly rare spectacle. Delegates will visit the Swakop Uranium’s Husab Mine, which is a world class large scale open pit uranium mining operation. Husab Mine is also world class example of a mining operation in environmentally sensitive areas. They will also get a chance to visit the Desalination Plant, yet another industry leading example of how saline sea water can be harnessed for the benefit of mining operations as well as local communities.View More Information Article on the Conference
The conferences 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.
The two conferences bring together people interested in mining in Namibia and Africa, including governments representatives, the mining industry, academia, NGOs, and civil society. Opportunities for networking and discussion will be provided. A number of international attendees are also expected, so more networking opportunities will be available.
World-class mining operations
Namibia has an extensive and diverse mineral endowment, is the source of the richest alluvial diamond deposits globally, and is a world leader in marine diamond mining. Namibia has significant uranium mines capable of providing 10% of global mining output.
Attend world-class presentations and mine tours to gain professional development points.
Enhance your knowledge
Hear from world-renowned speakers and top industry leaders coupled with networking with conference delegates.
Namibia is home to the world's oldest desert and has the highest dunes in the world. Environment protection is enshrined in the constitution, and more than 40 percent of the country is under conservation management. Delegates will have an opportunity to experience the warm hospitability of the Namibian people and their cultural activities. Namibia is home to some of Africa's most spectacular natural sights. The Southern part of Namibia (//Karas region) hosts the Fisher River canyon, the second largest canyon after the Grand Canyon in the USA, and spectacular Sossusvlei scenery of rust-red sand dunes set against white pans. There will be opportunities to visit some operating mines and unique game parks home to a diversity of wildlife, including the big five. Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Lüderitz are notable coastal towns where the dunes meet the ocean.
For more information regarding both conferences, prospective attendees can contact:
Head of Conferencing
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7
Prof Harmony Musiyarira,
The Executive Dean
Faculty of Engineering and The Built Environment (FEBE)
Namibia University of Science and Technology
Tel: +264 61 207 - 2076