UMC 2022

Half a Century on:

Learning from the Past

to Inform the Future

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OCTOBER 2 - 7, 2022

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

UMC 2022 Participants have now access to the videos of the presentations given (authorized ones). Please enter the members area to see the videos.

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Underwater Minerals Conference 
The World's Largest Gathering of Ocean Mineral Stakeholders

The Underwater Minerals Conference (UMC) is an annual international forum, with representatives from over 25 countries that since 1970 has brought the marine minerals community together. UMC is the world’s largest gathering of ocean mineral stakeholders, including government, academic, and commercial sector 

professionals. Topics considered for the conference include:


  • Geological and biological studies of marine minerals deposits and their      associated biological communities.

  • Regulatory considerations related to mineral resource and environmental impact   assessment.

  • Technological considerations related to scientific survey objectives and commercial recovery objectives.

  • General policy considerations related to the long-term development of these resources.

  • Other relevant topics.

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UMC 2022 - The 50th Underwater Minerals Conference is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) in partnership with the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences (USF CMS). This year's Technical Program Chair is Dr. John Wiltshire, former Director of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii. 


The Conference will be held in-person and the venue is the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, located in  St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. 

Registration Dates



March 4 - July 15

Regular Registration

July 16 - September 18



From September 19


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UMC 2022 Focus

Half a Century On:

Learning from the Past

to Inform the Future

Since 1970 the Underwater Minerals Conference (UMC, originally the Underwater Mining Institute) has provided a nexus linking academic, industrial, and governmental professionals working in all disciplines related to marine minerals, mining and exploration.  In doing so the UMC has built a unique, international network of participants for over half a century. The Conference is more than an annual forum; it has, through the years, fostered cooperation, assistance and understanding among those who compose the marine minerals community.  It has been the catalyst for forming the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS, incorporated in 1987) and for many joint ventures, business deals, research grants, service contracts and student stipends.  




UMC provides a platform for researchers, business leaders, governing authorities, and other stakeholder to share about different national policies on underwater mining, research findings on different regions of the ocean and the development of new technologies that can help better manage operations underwater.

With historic elegance and a very modern sense of independence, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort offers a conference and vacation experience unlike any other. Ideally situated on the waterfront in St. Petersburg's, Florida's thriving downtown district, this award-winning hotel is a short distance from waterfront.

The rates are specially discounted for UMC guests starting at $189.

501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 33701

UMC happens once a year and provides an indispensable source of information and exchange of ideas between the ocean mining industry, the government institutions, the non-profit organizations and academia. It has a scientific focus where the active marine mining players can learn more about the advances in ocean minerals science. The Underwater Mining Conference is the World’s largest gathering of Ocean Minerals Stakeholders



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