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International Marine

Minerals Society (IMMS)

The International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS) is a professional society (non profit 501(c)(6) corporation) whose members share a common interest in marine minerals as a resource for study and sound application to meet world demands for strategic minerals. Founded in 1987, IMMS includes a worldwide membership of individuals from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions.

The primary objectives of IMMS are:

  • To promote and improve the understanding of marine mineral deposits within the province of the global ocean;

  • To aid in the interchange of information among members through networking and formal symposia;

  • To encourage the prudent development of marine mineral resources, including concern for the environment; and

  • To encourage research in all aspects of marine minerals development.

IMMS is the primary sponsor of the Underwater Minerals Conference (UMC)—an international forum that brings together the marine mining community to exchange ideas and foster partnerships for research, exploration, and mining ventures. The Society supports graduate student participation in the UMI and conducts its general membership and executive board meetings in conjunction with the UMC. Members of the Society receive advance access to UMC abstracts, timely Soundings (e-messages, some being exclusive early releases), and contact information to other key members within this unique community.






The international Marine and Minerals Society partners with OneMine ( to archive the Underwater Minerals Conference abstracts.  These are available to active IMMS Members.  Registrants of the Underwater Mining Conference are given complimentary OneMine Membership for one year following their paid conference registration.  Non IMMS members may still access abstracts, but for a small fee.


OneMine was launched as a collaborative effort between professional societies in the mining and minerals related fields to promote access to technical articles, periodicals, books, and other published work as a research source for engineers in related disciplines. OneMine contains more than 117,000 articles, technical papers and other documents from mining societies such as IMMS around the world.

If you have been at a UMC or you are an IMMS member, please contact to get your login and password to access OneMine for free.

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