UMI 2012 • Registration and Agenda

Marine Minerals: Finding the Right Balance of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

The 41st Conference of the Underwater Mining Institute
October 15–20, 2012 • Tongji University
New! Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai (formerly Days Hotel) • Shanghai, China

Register for UMI 2012

Click here or on the Register Now button and you will be directed to the SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration) Events Registration module. This service is part of the exciting merger of IMMS with SME. If you require assistance, please contact the UMI Conference Coordinator.

Download and complete the UMI 2012 Registration Form (PDF, updated 08-13-12), which has payment and submission details. Contact the conference coordinators if you have problems or questions with the form.

Key Deadline Dates


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Registration and Function Descriptions and Fees

Registration Fees (deadline August 31, 2012)

The UMI fee schedule below provides for Regular and Late registration options, as well as a discount for members of the International Marine Minerals Society of SME.

Regular Fee: Member USD 425, Non Member USD 475. The regular fee covers the welcoming reception, technical sessions and materials, lunches, UMI banquet, and 2013 membership to IMMS of SME.

Senior Fee: Member USD 400, Non Member USD 450. This fee is for retired professionals not supported by an institution or company. These participants are entitled to the welcoming reception, technical sessions and materials, lunches, UMI banquet, and 2013 membership to IMMS of SME.

Single-Day Fee: Member USD 350, Non Member USD 400. This fee entitles the participant to one technical session on October 16th or 17th along with lunch, conference materials, and 2013 membership to IMMS of SME.

Student Fee: USD 375. The student fee includes the welcoming reception, technical sessions and materials, lunches, UMI banquet, and 2013 student membership to IMMS through 2013. Students must provide verification of student status and be willing to assist during the conference.

Late Fee: A late fee of USD 50 is assessed for those registering on or after September 1, 2012.

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Function Fees

Optional UMI Dinner at Kingswell Hotel (Tuesday, October 16, 19:00–21:00 PM: USD 40, includes buffet dinner and Tongji Student Jinyin Flute Association). Open to UMI participants and their guests).

Shopping in Shanghai Trip (Wednesday, October 17, 10:00–14:00: USD 35. This is open to spouses and guests only (not participants) and includes transport by taxi to Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street--one of the busiest shopping streets in the world and a center of commerce for over 100 years.

Banquet Fee for Single-Day Registrants, Spouses, and Guests (Wednesday, October 17, 18:00–21:00): USD 75. The UMI Banquet is open to single-day registrants, spouses, and guests at additional cost (includes transportation and banquet). ( Note: If you are a UMI regular, senior, or student participant, the banquet is already included in your registration fee.)

Geotechnical Field Tour Fee (October 18, 19 and 20): USD 300 per person for a Double Room (shared) or USD 400 per person for a Single Room. This is a 3-day tour from Shanghai to Suzhou to Nanjing and to Tongling. Of greatest technical interest is the Xinqiao Cu-S-Fe-Au Deposit (large-scale polymetallic deposit) in the Tongling Mineral District, Anhui Province. The cost includes surface transportation, hotels (two nights, one each in Nanjing and Tongling), most meals, admission fees, guest scientist(s) and technical field guide. Return to Shanghai will be around 21:00 or 9:00 PM to Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai. To check in for the evening of Oct 20, you must make a separate hotel reservation (see UMI Geotechnical Field Tour Hotel Reservation Form.)

Deadline to register (PDF) for the Geotechnical Field Tour is August 31, 2012.


The deadline for UMI Conference Registration is August 31, 2012, and registrations after this date will incur a late fee of USD 50.


Refunds (less a USD 50 processing fee) will be allowed for written cancellations (email or fax) received by September 30, 2012.

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Photo of Tongji's Yifu Building Meeting and Hotel Venues

The technical sessions for UMI 2012 will be held in the Tongji University’s Yifu Building (at right), 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092. Yifu contains administrative offices and on the north end of the building are lecture halls (theatre-style). It is an easy 10-minute stroll from the Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai to the Yifu Building.

Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai

Photo of Days Hotel Special UMI 2012 Room Rates are as follows:

Complete the Kingswell Hotel Reservation Form (PDF) and email or fax it (+86-21-33626688) directly to Andy Qian, Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai.

If you are joining the UMI Field Tour, please note that the Tour includes hotel rooms for Oct. 18 and 19 only and ends at 21:00 (9:00 PM) on Oct. 20 at Kingswell Hotel Shanghai. If you need to stay at the Kingswell Hotel that evening or longer, please complete the Kingswell Hotel (UMI Field Tour) Reservations Form (PDF) and submit it to Andy Qian above.

Hotel reserves the right to charge a one-night room rate if the guest does not arrive on the date reserved.

This rate is extended for pre and post conference stays.

Hotel Check In: 14:00 (2:00 PM) and Check Out: 12:00 Noon

Hotel Reservations Deadline: August 31, 2012

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Travel to Shanghai

Entry Visa

In order to secure your visa to China, you will need two letters of invitation—one from the conference organizers and one from Tongji University. Please provide the following immediately to the conference coordinator Karynne Morgan:

Ground Transportation from Airports

There are two international airports in Shanghai, the Pudong International Airport (airport code PVG) and the Hongqiao International Airport (airport code SHA). You can reach the Kingswell Hotel Tongji Shanghai from either airport by taxi, metro (subway), airport bus or any combination of the three as follows:

From the Pudong International Airport:

From the Hongqiao International Airport:

General Information

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For Speakers and Poster Presenters

Please prepare one file for each presentation in PPT format. This will be collected and downloaded by UMI staff during the Welcoming Reception on Monday, October 15 at the Days Inn Hotel Tongji Shanghai.

For poster presenters, there is an option for you to pay USD 40 and have your poster printed, mounted and ready for pick up and display at Tongji University. The cost includes the use of an easel. The poster needs to be designed for A0 sizing and the PDF emailed to the Conference Coordinator.

Complete the Poster Printing Order Form (PDF) and submit it and the Poster PDF by September 15, 2012.

Conference Contacts

Technical Program Chair:
Dr. Charles Morgan
Tel: +1 808 550-4539

Technical Program Co-Chair and Host:
Dr. Huaiyang ZHOU
School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, Shanghai

Conference Coordinators:
Karynne Chong Morgan
University of Hawai‘i, 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303, Honolulu HI 96822
Tel: +1 808.956.6036 • Fax: +1 808.956.9772

Carol Cudworth
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration


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