|Date||08 September 2022|
|-||14 September 2022|
|Location||WINDHOEK COUNTRY CLUB & RESORT|
SAIMM Event Registration Process-14032022.pdf
SOMP Abstracts Received-13042022.pdf
SOMP Announcement & CFP-22032022.pdf
8-11 SEPTEMBER 2022 TOURS AND TECHNICAL VISITS
12-14 SEPTEMBER 2022 CONFERENCE
WINDHOEK COUNTRY CLUB & RESORT, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
It is with deep honour, that I hereby extend this invitation to you, dear esteemed members, to the 32nd SOMP Conference and annual meeting to be hosted by the Namibian University of Science and technology at the Avani Hotel and Casino, Windhoek, Namibia, from 8-14 September 2022. I wish to extend my fraternal greetings to the delegates, SOMP members, spouses and partners who will travel from around the globe to be part of this landmark conference. From my end, I revere this opportunity; and as we collectively put shoulder to wheel to achieve a successful conference, I wish to call upon your continued and generous cooperation as we prepare for this conference.
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is honored to collaborate with Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) to host the conference and annual meeting. Our thrust to push the frontiers of innovation in minerals engineering is amply demonstrated in our great plans for a centre for minerals resources engineering that will serve the entire sub-Saharan region as the centre of excellence in minerals research and development. As a university, we have been at the forefront of fostering major global collaborations and we are hopeful that we will continue to harness the strengths that derive from continued collaboration, premised on our quest for quality and excellence.
Once again, the conference comes at a time, when the mining industry is grappling with multiple challenges. As a global academic body of respected character, we continue to foster valuable relations with an industry that faces an urgent need to transform its approach to business. The business, stakeholder and technological landscapes are fast evolving, faster than at any juncture in modern history. Therefore, of particular importance, is our ability to define with accuracy, the prevailing global context, as we face a possibly exciting future, while drawing useful lessons from the past as well as a fast dying present. Indeed, the race for ownership of the future is aggressive and acrimonious. At the same time, the call for sustainability and accountability to local communities is more pronounced, as voice continues to be added to expectation, with unparalleled clarity. Our contribution to the mining industry discourse, in the form of relevant research and well-trained graduates, remains a top priority.
Namibia is richly endowed with mineral resources, and the mining industry significantly contributes to the national economy. Namibia also boasts a strategic geographical location, making it a major economic gateway to the southern Africa region. With a stable political climate, diverse cultural heritage, sound infrastructure, and a beautiful climate, this country is a shining jewel on the African continent. I can express it with certainty and confidence, that the warmth of the Namibian people can only be ideal for our delegates and the country has a lot to offer to the delegates, pre-conference and post-conference itinerary.
The program of our Annual General Meeting will follow a participatory and interdisciplinary approach through the following activities; conference presentations, workshops, panels, parallel sessions, poster presentations and open discussions. It will also include a spouses and partners programme, pre-conference and post-conferences technical tours. The accompanying persons program includes tours to the Museum, City tour Windhoek, Game Drive and lunch as well as community tours.
I look forward to a great conference and meeting. I also wish to urge you to explore the unique opportunity to experience our wonderful Namibian hospitality and country during your stay.
We invite you to register from now on for the conference as well as to the technical visits and the accompanying persons program. We recommend that you book your accommodation – in Windhoek – in advance; the demand for hotel rooms in the winter season is very high. However, the hotels mentioned in this document will have a special rate for the conference attendees.
This will be the second time the SOMP conference will be held in Africa. Namibia, a country with vast mineral resources and a vibrant economy, has been chosen to host SOMP because it offers the opportunity to examine and discuss a range of critical issues facing the extractive sector, including mining in environmentally sensitive areas, water and energy scarcity, active artisanal and small-scale mining, the need for capacity building, fair trade practices and opportunities for value-added production.
The conference will feature presentations from experts and practitioners on advances in social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and related technical issues relevant to the Namibian and African mining sector and other areas around the world.
This conference brings together people interested in mining in Namibia and Africa, including governments representatives, the mining industry, academia, NGOs, and civil society. Opportunities for networking and discussion will be provided. A number of international attendees are also expected, so more networking opportunities will be available
World-class mining operations
Namibia has an extensive and diverse mineral endowment, is the source of the richest alluvial diamond deposits globally, and is a world leader in marine diamond mining. Namibia has significant uranium mines capable of providing 10% of global mining output.
Attend world-class presentations and mine tours to gain professional development points.
Enhance your knowledge
Hear from world-renowned speakers and top industry leaders coupled with networking with conference delegates.
Namibia is home to the world's oldest desert and has the highest dunes in the world. Environment protection is enshrined in the constitution, and more than 40 percent of the country is under conservation management. Delegates will have an opportunity to experience the warm hospitability of the Namibian people and their cultural activities. Namibia is home to some of Africa's most spectacular natural sights. The Southern part of Namibia (//Karas region) hosts the Fisher River canyon, the second largest canyon after the Grand Canyon in the USA, and spectacular Sossusvlei scenery of rust-red sand dunes set against white pans. There will be opportunities to visit some operating mines and unique game parks home to a diversity of wildlife, including the big five. Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Lüderitz are notable coastal towns where the dunes meet the ocean.
Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The university of Queensland
Professor Plint holds a PhD, MBA (distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and brings extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the mining sector having worked for 20 years with Anglo American in South Africa.
Professor Plint’s extensive background focused on delivering improved operational performance on mining sites by developing and implementing new technologies, whilst establishing a global network of research professionals in academic institutes, mining companies and research organisations.
Prof Plint has a global reputation in the mining sector and has demonstrated experience in the mining and resource industry. His focus is on delivering improved operational performance on mining sites by developing and implementing new technologies, whilst establishing a global network of research professionals in academic institutes, mining companies and research organisations.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Local Organising Committee
English will be the official language of our meeting and conference. We invite you to submit your abstract for a poster presentation, oral presentations or peer-reviewed paper.
Abstracts should be less than 500 words. Please submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by email as attachment in Microsoft Word DOC(X) format no later than 4 April 2022.
Please note that acceptance of abstracts will be based on a decision by the national committee. Once so notified and scheduled, the author of an accepted abstract is required to give a presentation at the conference. However, some papers will only be selected for poster presentation.
A paper submission is mandatory for those who wish to be selected for a peer-reviewed publication in the SAIMM Journal. Publication criteria will be send directly to the selected authors.
With acceptance, all submitted papers will be collected as the 32nd SOMP 2022 proceedings on a USB drive.
KEY DATES FOR PAPER SUBMISSION
4 April 2022 - Submission of abstracts
11 April 2022 - Acceptance of abstracts
16 May 2022 - Submission of papers
7 September 2022—Arrive in Windhoek
8 September 2022—Drive to Otjiwarongo plus Game Drive and Dinner
9 September 2022—B2 Gold Mine Visit
11 September 2022—NUST Windhoek Tour + Council Meeting
12 September 2022—SOMP Conference Day 1
13 September 2022—SOMP Conference Day 2
14 September 2022—SOMP Conference Day 3
Accommodation will be provided at the venue of Windhoek Country Club Resort, an international standard 4+ star hotel, whose information is shown in the Venue Contact and Location section.
Rooms have been reserved at the venue hotel with a discounted rate of N$1200 Namibian Dollar (equivalent to approximately USD 90/120) for single/double Superior room, including breakfast and taxes, until 30 July 2022.
You may choose to stay in other facilities at your own discretion. Less expensive alternative hotels in the vicinity of the Conference venue include:
Windhoek Country Club
Dates 07 – 18 September 2022
Rooms Standard Rooms
Rate N$ 1 080.00 - Single, N$ 1 430.00 - Double
Promo code SAIM0922
Bookable Today – 18 Sep 2022
Arrebusch Travel Lodge
Booking Link for Conference Delegates: 32ND SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference held by NUST and SAIMM
NUST Hotel School
e-mail: email@example.com with reference to the 32nd SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference.
Hilton Windhoek Hotel
Booking Link for Conference Delegates:
e-mail: WDHHI_Reservations@hilton.com with reference to the 32nd SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference.
Windhoek Country Club
Special discounts for the conference delegates have been negotiated with the above listed establishments.
The program of our Annual General Meeting will follow a participatory and interdisciplinary approach through the following activities:
• Conference Presentations
• Poster Presentations
• Open Discussions
It will also include a spouses and partners programme, pre-conference and post-conferences technical tours. The accompanying persons program includes tours to the Museum, City of Windhoek tour, Game Drive and lunch as well as community tours.
Accompanying Person Program
Accompanying persons will be provided a game drive, museum, city tours- Research Habitat Center and Penduka Women Project in Katutura, Nakara Tanneries and Namibian Brewery, Walking tour through Windhoek City Centre (Tintenpalast, ChristusErloser-Church, Independence Memorial, Meteorite Fountain, Craft Center). In addition, the spouses and partners are invited to the Conference social activities such as welcome reception/cocktail, conference and awards dinners.
The technical tour is being scheduled to an underground gold mine (B2Gold) about 300 km away from Windhoek. The tour is scheduled to start on 8 September 2022 until 9 September 2022. The cost for the Pre-Conference Mine Tour is US$80. We will stay overnight at the mining camping site.
The post conference tour includes a drive into the beautiful coastal town of Swakopmund with a close touch to nature. Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are notable coastal towns where the dunes meet the ocean. Namibia has significant uranium reserves capable of providing 10% of global uranium output. Husab mine and Rossing mine are the two active uranium mines that will be visited. A visit to these two flagship operations will expose delegates to world-class open pit mining. Both mines are in the Erongo Region of west central Namibia and produce U308 (Uranium Oxide) for the international markets.
Climate and Dress Code
Temperatures in early September in Windhoek range from 28 to 36 degrees Celsius. Meeting rooms are air-conditioned. The recommended conference attire is business casual. Formal dress code will be appreciated for the 13 September Awards dinner.
Presentation of Society Awards
SOMP awards and recognitions will be presented during the meeting. These may include the Guenter Fettweis Award, the Ludwig Wilke Award, the Emeritus Member Award, Michael Karmis Award, Bruce Hebblewhite, and the Tim Shaw Award.
You may be required to secure a Namibian visa and other documents for traveling to Namibia. The organizing committee of the 32nd SOMP Annual Meeting & Conference will offer invitation letters to the participants that need to apply for a visa to be able to travel to Namibia. To find out whether you require a visa, please follow the link: https://namibiaembassyusa.org/foreign-nationals/
For general information on Namibian visa and please contact your local Namibian embassy/consulate for details which are specifically applicable to you.
You may send the conference contact an email including your complete address and other eligible information to request an invitation letter for assisting your Namibian visa application.
Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is about 40 km from Windhoek City. It is a 45-minute drive in non-rush hour traffic, though it usually takes about an hour to travel by taxi at a fare of US$20 to US$25. Shuttle from Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) to preferred place of accommodation can be arranged through the following service providers:
• City Cab
• Windhoek Airport Transfers
The conference attendee registration fee is rated into three categories by the level of certainty in terms of payment time:
The fee includes conference kit, access to technical sessions, welcome reception, Awards dinner, three lunches, coffee and tea breaks.
Young professionals and PhD students are eligible for a discount of 50% off the relevant category with a full registration status.
Online Conference fees
Accompanying Person Registration Fee
The fee rate for registered accompanying persons is US$ 250.00, including welcome reception, awards dinner, three lunches and three guided tours.
Taxes and Fees
All rates of registration fee are Namibian taxes inclusive but bank transaction or other payment fees on the registrant side exclusive.
Cancellation and transfer policy:
Delegates unable to attend the event may send a substitute delegate in their place. Please send written details of substitution. Written cancellations must be received more than 10 working days prior to the date of the event and will be liable for 50% of the event fee. Failure to cancel, or cancellation received 10 working days or less prior to the event date, will result in liability for the full event fee. Should the event be cancelled by the SAIMM 100% of the payment received will be refunded.
Full payment is due on application for registration. Registration will be confirmed ONLY after payment is received. PROOF OF PAYMENT with your invoice number reflected must be sent via e-mail to the Conference Co-ordinator. Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the conference.
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