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UMC 2023 Focus

Making It Happen:  
Advances in Marine Minerals Development

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. 


The theme of this year’s UMC is based on the slogan of the host city of our event:  Rotterdam. Make it happen.


For IMMS, the theme “Making it happen: advances in marine mineral development” 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 2023, the 51st 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. Samantha Smith, IMMS’ President, and the Co-Chair is Dr. Mark Luther from USF.


We look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam.

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