Date 08 September 2022
- 14 September 2022
Resources SOMP Announcement & CFP-19012022.pdf




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.


Conference chairperson: Prof Harmony Musiyarira
President Society of Mining Professors
Namibia University of Science and Technology
E-mail: hmusiyarira@nust.na
Tel: +264 61 207 - 2076
web: www.nust.na

Camielah Jardine,
Head of Conferencing
E-mail: camielah@saimm.co.za
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7
Web: www.saimm.co.za



  • Prof. Harmony Musiyarira, Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Prof. Vlad Kecojevic, West Virginia University
  • Prof. Zach Agioutantis, University of Kentucky
  • Prof. Michael Karmis, Virginia Tech
  • Assoc. Prof. Emily Sarver, Virginia Tech
  • Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, University of New South Wales
  • Prof. Serkan Saydam, University of New South Wales
  • Prof. Zhongxue Li, University of Science & Technology Beijing
  • Prof. Oscar Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria
  • Dr. Rudrajit Mitra, RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Domingo Carvajal, University of Huelva
  • Assoc. Prof. Nga Nguyen, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology
  • Assoc. Prof Andrea Brickey, South Dakota School of Mines
  • Prof Elisabeth Clausen, RWTH Aachen University


local organising committee

Local Organising Committee

  • Prof Harmony Musiyarira    
  • Prof Godfrey Dzinomwa      
  • Prof Cuthbert Musingwini
  • Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman
  • Prof Rudrajit Mitra
  • Mr Bernard Sililo                
  • Dr Valentine Katte   
  • Dr Absai Vatuva   

CALL FOR PAPERS and key dates

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 camielah@saimm.co.za by email as attachment in Microsoft Word DOC(X) format no later than7 February 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.


7 February 2022 - Submission of abstracts
21 February 2022 - Acceptance of abstracts
4 April 2022 - Submission of papers

Conference dates

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




Windhoek Country Club (Code 1101981)

The epicentre of great hospitality and entertainment in Namibia

Our resort within the city, the Windhoek Country Club Resort offers businessmen, conference delegates, and families the best of both worlds.
The resort has ensured that it remains the final word in comfort and entertainment in Namibia.
Enjoy a rendezvous with Lady Luck at the Desert Jewel Casino, play a round of golf on the superb 18-hole golf course, relax in the lazy river, or take in any one of Windhoek’s cultural sites.

Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino

Stay in the heart of Namibia’s capital city with access to all the action, culture and wildlife; perfect for business or pleasure.

  • 173 rooms and suites
  • 35-minute drive to Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • Airport transfer services available
  • Located in shopping centre
  • Indulge in amazing food and drinks with stunning views at Stratos Restaurant
  • Walking distance to famous attractions
  • On-site casino
  • On-site gym
  • Business facilities


Hilton Windhoek

Panoramic city views close to Windhoek’s CBD

Find us close to the central business district in Windhoek. We're within 500 meters of Independence Museum and the Craft Market, and one kilometer away from the Nationalgalerie von Namibia. Our Skybar and rooftop pool both offer panoramic views of the city, and we have a spa, 24-hour fitness center, and five on-site bars and restaurants.

NUST Hotel School

NUST Hotel School is your first choice in hotel accommodation in Windhoek. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of central Windhoek, entrenched in a scholarly atmosphere, with an innovative and technology-based approach we welcome you to the NUST Hotel School. Earthy tones, secluded corners with water features and glimpses of open blue skies all come together to create a tranquil and relaxed environment.

Escape to comfortably furnished rooms with private patios, enjoy leisure time in the gym or relax around the private swimming pool. All rooms are air-conditioned, offer WIFI, TV and a mini bar. We offer numerous conference facilities for 10 – 50 persons. The banqueting hall caters for small exclusive events with a maximum of 100 guests in winter and 150 in the summer. The Aloe Restaurant & Cocktail Bar offers elegant dining. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a hearty meal alfresco style in our courtyard.