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To all of our present and past members, colleagues, and friends, we have good news. The International Marine Minerals Society announces its merger with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, effective May 2011. IMMS will be known as the International Marine Minerals Society of SME (IMMS of SME).
IMMS President Georgy Cherkashov states, “IMMS is a truly international organization with the vast majority of its members from outside the US. It focuses on the 71% of the planet, the ocean, which will be our future source of minerals. IMMS gives the mining industry access to the wealth of knowledge and expertise accumulated from years of working in the marine environment. Through our merger with SME, we will now be able to share the opportunities offered by ocean mining in the greater mining community.” Read the full press release (PDF).
IMMS Members will maintain their IMMS history, and IMMS dues and fee rates will be honored through 2011. Following that an incremental dues structure will be established as approved by the IMMS Executive Committee. Current members will be added to the SME database as a Professional Member of the IMMS of SME, which will expand their benefits and enhance their membership experience.
We appreciate your patience and support during this transition. If you desire any assistance, please continue to contact us through this website and or SME directly at www.smenet.org.
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 Mining Institute (UMI)—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 UMI. Members of the Society receive advance access to UMI abstracts, timely Soundings (e-messages, some being exclusive early releases), and contact information to other key members within this unique community. IMMS archives the UMI abstracts at OneMine.org, the online digital library (beta) for the entire mining and minerals community. Searches are free, but access to documents is limited to members of professional societies such as IMMS. Registration to OneMine requires a one-time use of your IMMS Customer No. ID. The rest is easy.
IMMS, on occasion, presents its highest honor, The Moore Medal, to those who have contributed notably to the objectives and initiatives of the Society. This award, named after UMI and IMMS founder, J. Robert Moore, is a reflection of the long and distinguished career he fulfilled in the advancement marine minerals research, development, and management.
Please see the list of 1987 Founding Members (PDF).
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