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UMC 2024 Focus

Going Deep:
Getting the Science Right for Informed Decisions

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. 


For IMMS, the theme “Going Deep: Getting the Science Right for Informed Decisions” is about advancing research and knowledge. We are interested in hearing about your latest developments and findings related to:


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

  • Regulatory and policy considerations for the exploration and extraction of marine minerals;

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

  • Other relevant topics.​


UMC is the world’s largest gathering of ocean mineral stakeholders, including government, academic, and commercial sector professionals.


UMC 2024, the 52nd Underwater Minerals Conference, is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) in partnership with the Government of the Cook Islands. This year's Technical Program Chair is Dr. John Wiltshire, IMMS’ President, and the Co-Chair is Dr. Mark Luther from USF.


We look forward to seeing you in Rarotonga.

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