UMC 2018 • Focus and Call for Papers

Deep-Sea Mining: Challenges of Going Further and Deeper
Advances in Marine Research and Subsea Technology Beyond Oil and Gas

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47th Underwater Mining Conference
September 10 through 14, 2018
Bergen, Norway

The 47th Underwater Mining Conference is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society in partnership with the K.G. Jensen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen and Global Centres of Expertise (GCE) Subsea. 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.

In 2018, we will strategically harvest the current marine R&D knowledge and bring it forward into the prospective developments of subsea solutions for deep sea mining beyond oil and gas.

The University of Bergen (UiB) has a background in deep ocean research that dates back the “The Northern Ocean Expedition” in 1876–1878. The track record includes pioneering oceanographic and marine biological studies, geophysical surveys, and today’s ongoing scientific exploration with remotely controlled and autonomous underwater vehicles. Norway has been pivotal in subsea innovative approaches, with the Bergen area collectively working as a global knowledge hub by hosting excellent deep-sea marine research and a cluster of 100+ R&D and industrial partners (GCE Subsea).

We welcome presentations from key players in deep sea mining prospective activities such as researchers, ISA nation contractors, sub-sea technology partners, and other sectors of timely interest in marine minerals.

Our 2018 technical program focuses on the scientific and technological aspects of deep-sea mining. It will be an exciting conference for the examination of the next commercial and technical developments regarding deep-sea minerals, deep-sea mining and metallurgical processing of marine mineral resources.

Call for Papers

We welcome presentations that address the commercial and technological viability of deep-sea mining projects. Moreover, timely and significant topics related to marine minerals are very welcome, namely:

Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstract by email to the UMC Conference Coordinator. A general UMC 2018 Abstract template (Word .docx) is provided to assist you with the following format.

The deadline for submission is June 8, 2018.

Commercial Exhibits

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

Conference Contacts

  • Technical Program Chair
  • Dr. Robert Goodden
    IMMS President
  • Technical Program Co-Chairs
  • Rolf Birger Pedersen
  • Professor, K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research
  • Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen
  • Realfagbygget, Allègaten 41, 5008 Bergen, Norway
  • Filipa Marques
  • Researcher, K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research
  • Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Bergen
  • Realfagbygget, Allègaten 41, 5008 Bergen, Norway
  • Jon Hellevang
  • Senior Subsea Innovator
  • Global Centres of Expertise - GCE - Subsea
  • P.O. Box 27, 5347 Ågotnes, Norway
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Karynne Chong Morgan
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303, Honolulu HI USA 96822
  • Tel: +1 808.956.5095
    Mobile: +1 808.295.9418


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