UMI 2008 • Registration

Marine Minerals: Technological Solutions and Environmental Challenges

The 38th Annual Conference of the Underwater Mining Institute
November 17–21, 2008 • Oxford, Mississippi USA

Register for UMI 2007
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The UMI fee schedule below provides for various registration options, including a discount for current members of the International Marine Minerals Society.

Regular Fee: Member USD 395, Non Member 430. The Regular Fee covers the welcoming reception, both technical sessions (including lunches) and materials, banquet, and a one-year membership to IMMS.

Senior Fee: Member USD 350, Non Member 385. The Senior Fee is extended to retired professionals who are no longer supported by an institution or company. These participants are entitled to the same benefits as Regular Fee attendees.

Single-Day Fee: Member USD 275, Non Member 310. The Single-Day Fee provides the participant access to one technical session on November 18th or 19th along with the associated materials and one-year membership to IMMS.

Special Commercial Exhibit Fee: USD 1200. This fee allows for a company exhibit booth and one delegate to attend the UMI. Up to 10 booths allowed.

Student Fee: USD 325. The student fee includes the welcoming reception, both technical sessions (including lunches) and materials, banquet, and a one-year membership to IMMS. Students must provide verification of student status and be willing to assist at the conference.

Late Fee: A Late Fee of USD 25 will be assessed for those registering after September 30, 2008.

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Session Activities and Fees

Spouses Day Trip (Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM): USD 30. This session activity is open to spouses and guests of UMI participants and includes a short shuttle or stroll to the historic town of Oxford. Visits may include stops at Square Books (“the best independent bookstore in the nation"), Rowan Oak (home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner), The University Museum, and others places of mutual interest to the group. Lunch will be at one of Oxford’s favorite eateries.

Banquet Fee for Single-Day Registrants, Spouses, and Guests (Wednesday, November 19, 6:00–9:00 PM): USD 50. This fee applies only to single-day registrants, spouses, and guests of the UMI and covers transportation and banquet costs. If you are a Regular, Senior, or Student, the banquet is already included in your registration fee. Taylor Grocery is a rustic establishment located in an artist community eight miles south of Oxford and is noted as “the best catfish place in the world.” Casual attire is recommended.

Geotechnical Field Tour (Thursday, November 20, 7:30 AM to Friday, November 21, 6:00 PM): USD 400 per person. This is a 2-night (1 on the road, 1 on the return in Oxford, MS or Memphis, TN), 2-day tour to the Mississippi Delta area south of Oxford, MS. A minimum of 23 participants (maximum 27) is required for this tour and the fee covers bus transportation, admission fees, double accommodations, and two dinners. Tentative stops may include: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station at Vicksburg, Denbury Enhanced Oil Recovery Compression Plant, a ligmite mine, and other sites [Vicksburg Military Park and USS Cairo gunboat; Clarksdale (“Blues” heritage) and a riverboat ride]. Download the flyer PDF.

Book of Abstracts: USD 40. One copy of the book of abstracts is provided to each registered participant, however, additional copies may be purchased. As a reminder, PDF versions of the abstracts will be uploaded to, the digital library for the mining and minerals community. Members of professional societies, such as the International Marine Minerals Society, will have access to OneMine.


Complete your registration online. [First, login with your email address and password (or create a new one), then click Register for UMI.] Only VISA or MasterCard payments are accepted online. The deadline for Regular Registration to the UMI is September 15, 2008. Registrations after this date will incur a late fee of USD 25. The downloadable Registration Form (PDF) may also be used to complete your registration and payment.


Refunds (less a USD 30 processing fee) will be allowed for written cancellations (email or fax) received by October 15, 2008.

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Travel to Oxford, Mississippi USA

Four airports services The University of Mississippi in Oxford: (1) Jackson, Mississippi (South), (2) Memphis, Tennessee (North), (3) Little Rock, Arkansas (West), and (4) Tupelo, Mississippi (East). Most travelers will arrive via Memphis, TN and driving to the University (1.5 hours or 80 miles) is the best option for most participants. We are trying to arrange for a van to shuttle a limited number of participants for a small fee from the Memphis airport perhaps once in the late morning and once in the late afternoon on Monday, November 17. Please let the conference coordinator know if you require such assistance.

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Meeting and Hotel Venue

UMI 2008 will convene at The Inn at Ole Miss, a newly renovated hotel located on the campus of The University of Mississippi where one can experience the warmth and hospitality of an enchanting southern community.

A block of rooms is reserved for the Underwater Mining Institute for the period November 17 to 20, 2008. See Notes below. The deadline for reservations is October 20, 2008.

Room reservations may be made directly as follows:

Room Rates:

Check-in time: 3:00 PM and Check-out time: 12 Noon

Amenities include:

Room cancellations must be made by 5:00 PM CST one day before arrival. Please note that The Inn at Ole Miss is a non smoking hotel.

Click here for Directions and Maps to The Inn at Ole Miss.


Early Arrvivals
There are no rooms open at The Inn at Ole Miss before the 17th. If you are arriving on the 16th or earlier, we have arranged for rooms at The Marriott Courtyard (Memphis Airport) Hotel at USD 69 + 15.95% tax for early arrivals. Please contact the conference coordinator for assistance.

Lodging After the Geotechnical Field Tour: Friday, November 21
For those needing a hotel either in Oxford (The Inn at Ole Miss) or in Memphis, TN (The Marriott Courtyard, Memphis Airport Hotel) on Friday, November 21, email Karynne for assistance.

The Marriott Courtyard
Complimentary shuttle service from the Memphis Airport to The Courtyard is available. Using the Courtesy Phone in the baggage claim area, dial 1-800-321-2211 and request a pick up. For more details see Fact Sheet.

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