2019 Minerals Under Water Symposium

The Science and Politics of Extractive Industries in the Oceans and Beyond

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception at the Virden Center immediately following the Symposium

Virden Center, Coastal Lewes Campus of the University of Delaware

Lewes, Delaware, USA

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Topic: UD’s Ocean Symposium “Minerals Under Water”
Time: Aug 28, 2019 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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(Note: this event is not at the main campus in Newark but in our oceanfront southern campus )

(The symposium is free and open to all but please scroll down to register below so we can plan on facilities)

The University of Delaware is hosting a public symposium on the environmental and social impacts and benefits of mining and other extractive industries under water – and particularly in the oceans.

Join us for a presentation of chapters for the publication of the first book* of its kind to synthesize the most current knowledge on the topic across natural and social science disciplines. The book is timely as mining under water in both marine and freshwater systems is gaining traction worldwide and the environmental and social impact of the extraction is being widely debated.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Samantha Smith, Head of Sustainability and External Relations, Global Sea Mineral Resources


Keynote Speaker: Conn Nugent, Project Director, Seabed Mining Project, The Pew Charitable Trust

Chapters to be presented will focus on the following categories:






Details on regional accommodation and activities linked here – rooms have already been reserved for the contributing authors and some invited guests at the Virden Center venue itself. Others should make accommodation arrangements of their preference through this link.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL NOTE FOR VISITORS: If you will be flying in for the event and will not have  car rental, we would recommend arriving at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) by August 27 mid-day. The University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark, Delaware (not Newark, New Jersey) is 35 minutes taxi from Philadelphia airport. Ask  taxi /Uber / Lyft to drop you off at 125 Academy Street in Newark Delaware (Pearson Hall). From the main campus we will then have transport available for those who do not have car rentals to be driven to the southern coastal campus venue (90 minutes away) for event that evening. A van/bus will depart at 4:30 p.m. SHARP from Pearson Hall.

A shuttle bus will be provided on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. after the cocktail reception for return to the main campus in Newark and will drop off everyone at the Courtyard Marriott University of Delaware.

If you would prefer this facilitation, kindly email Patricia Syvrud – psyvrud@udel.edu with subject heading – “Transport for MMS Symposium” – before August 15th, 2019 and provide your mobile number which is connected to WhatsApp or Wechat ID as we will set up coordination group through these messaging Apps for last-minute contingencies.



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If you are interested in submitting an abstract for the book, the deadline has passed but you can still use the form below to submit details of your work which we could also consider for subsequent special issues of journals and other venues.

* The book will be an anthology that is being developed as part of the University of Chicago’s Summits Series on Environmental Science and Policy, under the review of series co-editors Professor Saleem H. Ali and Dr. Andrew Thaler, in association with the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Details on the series is linked below:


All chapters will be rigorously peer-reviewed and indexed by University of Chicago Press in various citation databases and carry the same academic merit as journal article publications.

Minerals Under Water: The Science and Politics of the new Frontier for Extractive Industries
(Same order as appears on paper and please separate authors with semicolon i.e. John Doe; Jane S. Doe)
(Same order as appears on paper and please separate authors with semicolon i.e. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University; USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program)
(Same order as appears on paper and please separate authors with semicolon i.e. johndoe@yale.edu; janesdoe@usgs.org)
(Between 100-200 words)

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