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2012 UMI Author Information  

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, Shanghai

  • October 15 (Monday): Registration Reception (evening)
  • October 16 and 17 (Tuesday and Wednesday): Technical Sessions and Banquet
  • October 18 through 20 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday): Geotechnical Field Tour (3 full days and nights to include the Xinqiao Cu-S-Fe-Au deposit in the Tongling mineral district and other stops. Optional for an additional fee to cover lodging, transportation, entry fees, and some meals.


ATTENTION AUTHORS:  the first page you will see in the abstract submission process is a copyright release form. 
Once you have completed and submitted it, you will be automatically directed to the abstract input site.

 Online Manuscript Submission | Abstract Submission
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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


  • China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA)
  • International Seabed Authority
  • International Marine Minerals Society
  • Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory, University of Hawai‘i
  • Marine Technology Society


UMI 2012 Call for Presentations

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

  • Environmental baseline and monitoring technologies and results
  • Benefit cost evaluations of seabed versus land-based mining for specific commodities
  • Strategies and methodologies for achieving sustainable seabed mining projects
  • Others of relevant and timely interest to seabed minerals

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 15-21, 2012. 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 the China Ocean Minerals Research and Development Association (COMRA) is also on campus. Tongji University plays a key role in many Chinese deep-sea research fields.

A geotechnical field trip associated with the UMI will explore active mines and may include special cultural sites.

Please consider participating in what is certain to be a very productive, interesting and unique experience.


Submission Instructions:

Go to:  Author's Information and click on Abstract Submission.  You will be asked to review the SME Copyright policy, then submit your abstract; a preliminary one is acceptable by May 31, and if selected, a final version will be required on or before the end of July 2012.

  • Enter Title of Presentation
  • Select Preference for an oral (~25 minutes) or poster presentation
  • Enter Keywords
  • Upload Abstract: Use the Author Guidelines (PDF) in preparing your abstract (maximum of 10 pages including tables and figures). Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx and .pdf.
  • Upload Biographical Sketch of Principal Author and Speaker(s): ½-page narrative and portrait photo of each also as a .doc, .docx and .pdf file.

The deadline for submission is May 31, 2012. The selection of presentations and notification of authors will be completed by June 30, 2012. If necessary, authors may submit Final Abstract revisions by July 31, 2012.


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