UMC 2017

Economical, Technological and Environmental Aspects:
Cooperative Solutions For Future Deep-Sea Mining

UMC 2017 attendees
Attendees of the 46th Underwater Mining Conference in Berlin, Germany. (Click on the image to see the larger version in a new window.)

46th Underwater Mining Conference
September 24 through 29, 2017
Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Breite Straße 29
Berlin, Germany

New! Due to added security measures, participants must register online by September 21 in order to receive a special bar code from our conference venue. This code and a photo ID must be presented to BDI security in order to enter the conference on 25 and 26 September.

The 46th Underwater Mining Conference is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i, and the DeepSea Mining Alliance (DSMA). We will continue the well-tested format of the conference, which brings together world leaders from government, academia and industry to exchange information and ideas on underwater mining.

Our technical focuses in 2017 are the economical, technological and environmental aspects of cooperative solutions for future deep-sea mining. It will be an exciting conference for the next commercial, technological and environmental developments regarding deep-sea minerals, deep-sea mining and metallurgical processing of marine mineral resources.

The Hilton Berlin has been selected to provide participants with comfortable and convenient (walking distance to BDI meeting venue) accommodation. The block of single or double rooms are only available until August 4, 2017.

The conference will start at the Hilton Berlin on Sunday, September 24, with an evening registration and reception. Following will be two days (September 25 and 26) of technical and poster sessions at the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Concurrent to the September 26 session will be a special tour for spouses and guests only. That evening will be the UMC Banquet at the Hilton Berlin. Geotechnical Field Tours will commence thereafter from September 27 through 29, 2017.

At the Berlin venue, UMC will sponsor a closed meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Contractors with seabed claims to deposits of polymetallic nodules in the deep ocean beyond national jurisdictions. ISA Secretary General Michael Lodge will chair the meeting. We hope Secretary General Lodge and the Contractor representatives will take advantage of the opportunity also to attend the UMC Technical Sessions and Geotechnical Field tours with the rest of the UMC participants.

Mark your calendars to join us in Germany. Berlin, the German capital, has about 3.5 million inhabitants and it covers 892 square kilometres, nearly nine times the size of Paris. There are more than 180 kilometres of navigable waterways within Berlin. Berlin has the world’s largest universal museum stands in the heart of the city. The renovation and reorganization of the Museum Island with its five monumental buildings belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999 and it is post-war Germany’s most ambitious cultural project.

Key Deadlines

Key Dates

Important Updates and Forms

Conference Contacts

  • Technical Program Chair
  • Dr. Robert Goodden, President
    International Marine Minerals Society
  • Technical Program Co-Chairs
  • Professor Peter Halbach
  • Dr. Thomas Kuhn, BGR
  • Professor Andrea Koschinsky
  • Technical Program Host
  • DeepSea Mining Alliance (DSMA)
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Karynne Chong Morgan
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303
  • Honolulu HI 96822
  • Tel: +1 808.956.5095
    Mobile: +1 808.295.9418
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