Greetings from Italy!

I really want to share with you the great pleasure I feel to host the 28th SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference to be held in Torino from July 3rd through July 6th, 2017.

It’s an exciting time for all of us, as we continue to meet and bring together inspired people, to ensure that SOMP remains at the cutting edge in order to support Mining and the continuing need of Mankind for raw materials!

Here is the reason why, as organizer of this event, I really would like you to feel involved in this great experience: it will be our success. We should all be very proud of where we are today and enthusiastic about where we are headed.

So I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and cooperate to shape the future of mining.

With regard to Torino, the hosting city of our forthcoming Annual Meeting and Conference, I want to share with you the words of the famous writer Umberto Eco who wrote: “Without Italy, Torino would be more or less the same. But without Torino, Italy would be very different”.

I’d like to thank you in advance for your important contribution and involvement in our future activities and I’m sure all of you will continue to support SOMP; waiting to meet you and to share the initiatives of the new year 2017, just around the corner.

Let’s continue to support Mining and the continuing need of Mankind for raw materials!

Best regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen und Glückauf

Marilena Cardu
Associate Professor at DIATI
Environment, Land and Infrastructures Department
Politecnico di Torino


National Organizing Committee

Prof. Marilena Cardu (chair), DIATI Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Gian Andrea Blengini, DIATI Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Claudio Oggeri, DIATI Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Pierpaolo Oreste, DIATI Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Prof. Deborah Shields, DIATI Politecnico di Torino, Italy-Colorado State University, USA


International Organizing Committee

Prof. Zach Agioutantis, University of Kentucky, USA

Prof. Mario Cedron, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Prof. Peter Dowd, University of Adelaide, Australia

Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, University of New South Wales, Australia

Prof. Michael Karmis, Virginia Tech, USA

Prof. Vlad Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA

Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, , TH Georg Agricola, Germany

Prof. Zhongxue Li, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China

Prof. Pinyo Meechumna, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Dr. Ludger Rattman, TH Georg Agricola, Germany

Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Prof. Ronny Webber Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa



GEAM - Associazione Georisorse e Ambiente

Symposium srl

Via Gozzano 14

10073 Ciriè (Torino) - Italy

Phone +390119211467

Fax +390119224992



Sunday, July 2

10:00-15:00    Strategic Planning Committee


Monday, July 3

12:30-14:30    Council Meeting

14:30-17:30    Committees

18:00-20:00    Welcome cocktail reception


Tuesday, July 4

08:30-09:00    Welcome addresses and opening ceremony

09:00-09:30    Opening key-note lecture

09:30-10:30    Business session

10:30-10:50    Coffee break

10:50-12:50    Education Session

12:50-13:50    Standing buffet lunch

13:50-15:10    Education Session

15:10-15:40    Coffee break

15:40-17:00    Education Session

17:00-17:30    Tim Shaw Award Presentation

20:00              Conference Dinner


Wednesday, July 5

08:30:10:30     Research and Industry Session

10:30-10:50     Coffee break

10:50-12:50     Research and Industry Session

12:50-13:50     Standing buffet lunch

13:50-15:50     Members Development Session

15:50-16:10     Coffee break

16:10-17:20     Members Development Session

20:00               Awards dinner


Thursday, July 6, 2017

08:50-10:50    Capacity Building Session

10:50-11:10    Coffee break        

11:10-12:30    Capacity Building Session

12:30              Conference closing ceremony

Afternoon: post-conference tour departure   


The scientific programme will include:

  • Key-note speakers' lectures
  • Invited speakers' lectures
  • Selected oral communications
  • Selected poster presentations


Thursday July 6 - Sunday July 9, 2017

Post-conference tour to the Carrara Marble Quarries, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre (see detailed tour description in the social program section of this website).


The Alps and the Mole Antonelliana tower, symbol of Turin

General rules

  • The conference programme will include selected oral communications and poster presentations.
  • Abstracts must be prepared using the conference template and emailed to Deadline for abstract submission will be January 31, 2017 POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 17, 2017

  • Abstracts will be subject to review and acceptance by the conference Organizing Committee.
  • When submitting the abstracts, Authors can indicate their preferred method of presentation (oral or poster). Nevertheless, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to assign the abstract to a different method of presentation.
  • Only one abstract for each presenting author will be included in the registration.
  • Upon notification of abstract acceptance, the presenting author must register for the Conference. Deadline for registration and inclusion in the programme will be March 31, 2017
  • The Organizing Committee will select some of the best abstracts and invite the Authors to submit a paper for publication in a special issue of GEAM (Indexed in Scopus and ISI Thompson)
  • All accepted abstracts will be included in the conference official programme either as oral or poster presentation.
  • In case of abstract/paper publication, Authors will also be asked to submit the copyright transfer document for their work to the conference organizing committee. If previously copyrighted material is included, authors must provide evidence that the copyright holder has given permission for its use. Authors are responsible for ensuring that nothing in their papers infringes any existing copyright.

Abstract instructions

  • Abstracts must be written in English and submitted in PDF format, according to the conference template (download the .doc template)
  • Abstracts must include:
  1. abstract title in bold letters;
  2. list of authors (first name initial letter, family name). The presenter must be listed as the first author.
  3. Authors' affiliations (institution, city and country). Use numerical superscripts after each name for different affiliations (if applicable);
  4. abstract text (up to 1,500 characters, including spaces);



  • Research and Industry
  • Education
  • Capacity building
  • Members development session



  • Abstract submission: January 31, 2017 - POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 17, 2017
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: March 1, 2017 - POSTPONED TO MARCH 15, 2017
  • Presenters' registration for the conference: March 31, 2017 - POSTPONED TO APRIL 21, 2017


Standard Fee

SOMP Members: EUR 800,00

Retired/Emeritus SOMP Members: EUR 650,00

Junior SOMP Members: EUR 650,00


Early registration fee (by April 21, 2017):

SOMP Members: EUR 750,00

Retired/Emeritus SOMP Members: EUR 600,00

Junior SOMP Members: EUR 600,00


The registration fees include:

- access to all scientific sessions;

- conference kit;

- welcome cocktail reception (July 3);

- conference dinner (July 4);

- awards dinner (July 5);

- coffee breaks and buffet lunches as scheduled in the conference program.


Accompanying persons

Full programme: registration fee, EUR 390,00

The registration fee includes:

- welcome cocktail reception;

- conference dinner;

- awards dinner;

- one full-day guided city tour including lunch*

- one half-day guided city tour*

* a minimum of 15 people is required for city tours.

All fees are Italian VAT 22% included.




Cancellation policy

  • There will be no penalty for registration cancellations received 90 days before the first day of the conference. The full amount paid minus a processing fee (20 Euros) and wire transfer or credit card costs will be refunded.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% of the full registration fee plus a processing fee (20 Euros) and wire transfer or credit card costs will be applied for cancellations received between 89 to 45 days before the first day of the conference.
  • A cancellation fee of 75% of the full registration fee plus a processing fee (20 Euros) and wire transfer or credit card costs will be applied for cancellations received between 44 to 20 days before the first day of the conference.
  • No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 20 days before the first day of the conference.

All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to the conference secretariat. Cancellation confirmation will be sent within one week.

The conference organising committee and secretariat are not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, public order issues, strikes, etc.

No refunds will be given in these situations. No reimbursement will be made for late arrival, unused services, unattended events or early departure from the congress.

The final decision on refunds rests with the SOMP conference organizers.

All refunds will be made within 30 days after the conference ending.

When you register for the conference, you will be confirming that you have reviewed and understood this conference registration refund policy.



Registered conference participants agree that neither the Organising Committee nor the conference Secretariat are liable or assume any responsibility for damage or injuries to persons or property during the conference. Participants are advised to arrange for their own health, travel and personal insurances. The Conference organization does not cover individuals against cancellation of bookings, theft or damage to belongings.



All best endeavours will be made to present the conference programme as published. However, the conference Organising Committee and Secretariat reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the conference, for any cause beyond our reasonable control. The conference Organising Committee and Secretariat are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration.

Piazza Castello with the Royal Palace by night



Participation fee per person in double room: EUR 680,00. Added fee for double room single use:  EUR 130,00

The rate includes: 3 overnights in a four-star hotel with breakfast buffet, all meals and beverages as included in the menu, one tour leader accompanying the group, bus transfers, guided touristic visits in English, shared boat ride along the Cinque Terre (or local train when boat is unavailable).

This tour will be organised in collaboration with our partner Somewhere Travel Agency.

Reservations can be made via the Somewhere Travel Agency electronic reservation form  (to access the system, please use the password SOMP2017).

Important note: for organisational reasons (July is high touristic season in Tuscany), reservations for this post-conference tour must be submitted no later than April 18, 2017. POSTPONED TO MAY 8, 2017


The organisation reserves the right to change or modify the tour program due to technical or organisational reasons. In case of changes participants will be informed. In the event of a change, the organisation will endeavour to substitute comparable venues and level of quality, but accepts no liability for changes.


How to get to Turin

Turin lies in the centre of Europe and takes advantage of a well structured connection system by plane, train

and car.


By air

Caselle International Airport (, 20 minutes away from the city centre, allows daily connections with the main European cities.

Moreover Malpensa International Airport (, one of the main European hubs connected to more than 120 cities all over the world, is located only 60 minutes' drive from Turin.


By train

Turin has two main railway stations, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa, both in the city centre. They are connected, also with frequent high speed rail services, to the main destinations in Italy and France, and from there to the rest of Europe.

Lyon can be reached in 2.5 hours, Paris in about 5 hours and Milan in only 50 minutes.

More info at


By car

Motorways A6 Turin-Savona, A4 Turin-Milan-Venice, A21 Turin-Piacenza-Bologna, A5 Turin-Aosta, A32 Turin-Bardonecchia connect Turin to most Italian cities, to France, Switzerland, Austria and the rest of Europe

The new Porta Susa Railway Station

About Torino, the hosting city

Roman castrum, medieval town, first capital of Italy. Turin offers a lasting memory of castles, old beautiful palaces, royal residences, monuments.

Turin is one of the cultural leading cities in Italy. The city’s lively cultural scene includes music, theatre, visual arts, photography, film, design, dance and heritage as well as a wide choice of museums, 46 in town, such as the world famous Egyptian Museum, the beautiful Galleria Sabauda with Italian and Flemish painting collections, the Automobile Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Cinema Museum with its unique interactive approach.

Moreover, Turin is one of the undisputed world capital of taste. It has always boasted a renowned food and wine tradition. The region’s extraordinary cuisine can be enjoyed in over 600 city restaurants.

Turin and its area are a unique location for shopping top level "made in Italy" products: from design to fashion, from food delicacies to jewelry.

Around Turin thousands of excursion opportunities: the Alps, the lakes, the artistic cities and villages, the golf courses, the wine and food tours.

More info on Turin at

The baroque facade of the beautiful Palazzo Carignano

To find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Italy, see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at  or check with your local Italian Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up to date information for your trip.


An allotment of 80 rooms has been reserved for the conference participants at the conference venue 4-star NH Hotel Santo Stefano. Its rooms combine chic, minimalist design with rustic elegance. Rooms are soundproofed for a peaceful night’s sleep. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Piedmont cuisine, alongside a choice of local wines. There is a nice inner courtyard with outdoor seating for the summer months.

Reservations can be made via the organizing secretariat using this reservation form (download)

Conference rates per night, including bed and breakfast treatment, at the NH Hotel Santo Stefano are:

  • Standard double room single use: EUR 135,00
  • Standard double room: EUR 155,00
  • Superior double room single use: EUR 155,00
  • Superior double room: EUR 175,00
  • Superior XL double room single use: EUR 175,00
  • Superior XL double room: EUR 195,00

City tax: EUR 3,70 per day per person.

Availability will be guaranteed until April 21, 2017.

See cancellation policy on the reservation form.

The Santo Stefano hotel lobby

Attracting about 120 mining professors from all over the world, the 28th SOMP Annual Meeting and Conference will provide an important forum for companies to showcase their latest technologies, products and services as well as an excellent occasion to meet your company's marketing and educational needs.  

The exhibit area will be located close to the conference room and it will include 2x2 meter standard exhibit spaces. The conference support opportunities include various levels of support and diverse promotional solutions for all budgets.

The conference supporter prospectus including detailed information on the support opportunities and space rental fees will be soon available.

For more info, please contact the conference secretariat.

We have an exciting social programme planned for the SOMP conference. You will discover stunnig venues, taste the famous food and wines of Piedmont and meet old and new colleagues in a nice,  relaxing atmosphere. 

The social programme will include a welcome cocktail reception on Monday July 3 at the beautiful Castello del Valentino, a 16th century royal residence of impressive external architecture and beautiful interior spaces.

The conference dinner will be held in a typical restaurant in the city centre on Tuesday July 4. More information on this event will be published as soon as available.

The awards dinner will be held on Wednesday July 5 at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile (National Car Museum,, a fascinating, interactive museum which was recently renovated with a modern, innovative design. A real architectural work of art. A jewel for all car lovers. This social event will be a fantastic occasion to discover one of Torino's most interesting cultural and touristic sites and enjoy the well-known Italian food and wine tradition.


The Valentino Castle (Castello del Valentino)




July 6, 2017

  • Departure by bus at the end of the Conference. Destination: Lucca, a wonderful medieval city in Tuscany.
  • Dinner in a typical inn in the city centre and overnight in a four-star hotel.

July 7, 2017

  • Breakfast buffet and departure for the Carrara Marble Quarries.
  • Morning: visit to the Quarries
  • Lunch at  typical inns in the small village of Colonnata.
  • Afternoon: visit to the Quarries.
  • Return to the hotel to relax.
  • Dinner at a charming restaurant

July 8, 2017

  • Breakfast buffet and departure for Florence.
  • Morning: guided visit of the city centre.
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant with Florentine specialties.
  • Afternoon: visit to the Mineralogical Collection of the Museum of Natural History of the University of Florence and free time
  • On the way back, stop in Pisa. Guided visit of the Piazza dei Miracoli and dinner. Return to the hotel for the overnight.

July 9, 2017

  • Breakfast buffet and departure for La Spezia.
  • Boarding on a motorboat. English speaking guide to discover the Poet Gulf, the Palmaria Island and the Cinque Terre (a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera) villages from the sea.
  • Disembarkation in one of the Cinque Terre and sea lunch in a typical inn.
  • In the early afternoon departure for Turin by bus.

Participation fee per person in double room: EUR 680,00. Added fee for double room single use:  EUR 130,00

The rate includes: 3 overnights in a four-star hotel with breakfast buffet, all meals and beverages as included in the menu, one tour leader accompanying the group, bus transfers, guided touristic visits in English, shared boat ride along the Cinque Terre (or local train when boat is unavailable).

"The post conference  tour is confirmed and the date to make your reservation for it  has been postponed

until May 8th, 2017"

See reservation procedure in the registration section of this website

The accompanying persons will have the opportunity to attend all the conference social events (welcome cocktail reception, conference dinner, awards dinner) as well as enjoy one full-day tour and a half-day tour to discover Turin's enchanting royal residences, baroque and liberty palaces and world-renowned museums.

See "Registration" section of the website for information on participation fees and registration procedure.

The wonderful Carignano Theatre



The SOMP conference will be held at the 4-star NH Santo Stefano (via Porta Palatina 19), located in in the heart of Torino in the fashionable Quadrilatero Romano district, an area known for its fantastic shopping, restaurants and nightlife. This beautiful design hotel is at walking distance from all the major tourist attractions.

Conference facilities include comfortable fully-equipped meeting rooms with a capacity up to 200 seats.

The hotel main conference room


The conference official language will be English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

The Medieval Village and Castle on the river Po.

This is TORINO (watch the video)