UMI 2012

Marine Minerals: Finding the Right Balance of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

The 41st Conference of the Underwater Mining Institute
October 15–20, 2012 • Tongji University
Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai (formerly Days Hotel) • Shanghai, China

Photo of UMI2012 participants

Technical Program Chair:
Dr. Charles L. Morgan

Technical Program Co-chair and Host:
Dr. Huaiyang Zhou
School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, Shanghai

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UMI 2012 Call for Presentations

The Underwater Mining Institute is seeking presentations that are focused on the following topics:

The rapidly increasing demand for minerals in recent years has led to rapidly increasing prices, particularly of many base metals that are found in seabed deposits. Many private and government-sponsored marine mineral exploration efforts are ongoing in efforts to respond to this increasing demand with new sources minerals. As we anticipate new commercial seabed mining operations in the near term, it is critical to ensure that such activities take place with due consideration for all resources that could be impacted, including mineral, biological, economic, cultural, and other resources. Presentations that focus on the strategies and methods to be used to address these considerations would be welcome at this year's Institute. Other relevant topics of timely interest are also welcome.

The 2012 UMI will be hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai, China, October 15–20, 2012 and supported in part by the China Ocean Minerals Research and Development Association (COMRA). Shanghai is the largest city in China and one of the largest cities in the world. Tongji University is one of the leading universities in China and a leading center for marine science. The State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology is located on campus. The Ocean Science and Environmental Research Center of COMRA is also on campus. Tongji University plays a key role in many Chinese deep-sea research fields. The Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai is offering a special discounted room rate for UMI participants and is a convenient ten-minute walk to the campus conference center where the Institute will be held.

A special cultural activity and a day tour for spouses and guests are optional features of the UMI as well as a geotechnical field trip associated with Institute will explore active mines and other interesting sites.

Please consider participating in what is certain to be another highly productive and unique UMI experience.

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Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstracts should be submitted online at the IMMS of SME website as follows:

The deadline for submission is July 15, 2012. The selection of presentations and notification of authors will be completed by July 30, 2012.

For commercial exhibits, please contact the Conference Coordinator for information.

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Conference Contact Information

  • Technical Program Chair
  • Dr. Charles L. Morgan
  • Technical Program Co-Chair and Host
  • Dr. Huaiyang Zhou
  • State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology
  • Tongji University, Shanghai
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Ms. Karynne Morgan
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303
  • Honolulu HI 96822
  • Tel: +1 808.956.6036
  • Fax: + 1 808.956.9772
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