October 9-11, 2024

The SME Virtual Student Conference features three days of virtual technical sessions on leading-edge mining topics for students globally. Save the date for this important conference, to learn the latest on mining around the world. 

Participation is open to professionals, Retired, Legion of Honor Members and Young Professionals.

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length with additional time for Q&A.


  1. Critical Minerals
  2. Technological Advancements and Innovations in Mining
  3. The Future of Mining
  4. Environmental Considerations
  5. Mining Around the World
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • South America
  • North America
  • India
  • Australia
  1. Cradle to Grave (The Lifecycle of a Mine)


*Please note all times are in Mountain Time 

Wednesday, October 9, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am | Mining Around the World
Noon - 2:00 pm | Environmental Considerations

Thursday, October 10, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am | Cradle to Grave (The Lifecycle of a Mine)
Noon - 2:00 pm | Critical Minerals

Friday, October 11, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am | The Future of Mining
Noon - 2:00 pm | Technological Advancements and Innovations in Mining

Call for Papers

The call for papers will be emailed to all member categories with the exception of students. Do not miss this opportunity to share your knowledge with the next generation of mining professionals.

All Abstracts must be in English.


Key Dates:
April 1, 2024 – Issue formal, public call for papers (100 words)
May 31, 2024 – Last day to submit an abstract
July 31, 2024 – Notify selected presenters

Registration Details

Registration will open in August, 2024. The registration fee will cover all three days.

$10 Student Member
$30 Student Nonmember 
(membership inlcuded)
$40 Young Professionals

Conference Organizers

The conference is student-led and developed by students, for students. Students who have volunteered to participate in the leadership and production of this event include.

Elliott Morgan – University of Kentucky (USA)
Taliat Afosi – Federal University of Technology Akure (Africa)
Manuel Zacarias – Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Ahmed Shahawy – Al-Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt)
Anthony Djia – TU Freiberg (Germany)
Paulo Andres – Escuela Superior Politecnica Del Litoral
Eduardo Obando Zuniga – Universidad Nacional de San Agustin
Pablo Altamirano – Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
Victor Akinlosose - Federal University of Technology Akure (Africa)
Sanusi Muhees - Federal University of Technology Akure (Africa)
Liz Glenn – University of Arizona (USA)



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