1st SOMP Regional Meeting, Developments in Mining Education in ASEAN COUNTRIES

Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University:

1st SOMP Regional Meeting
“Developments in Mining Education in ASEAN COUNTRIES”
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Date and Venue:
Conference Days: 13th-14th November 2013, Chiang Mai Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand [map]
Field Trip Day: 15th November 2013, Mae Moh Lignite Mines, Lampang, Thailand
Excursion Days: 16th-18th November, Phuket Excursion Trip, Thailand
Registration Dateline: 20th September 2013
Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering of Chulalongkorn University
As foreshadowed at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society of Mining Professor (SOMP) in Wroclaw, a SOMP regional meeting will be held in Thailand in November this year. This is an historic occasion as it is the first time a SOMP meeting has been held in Asia and the first time that two SOMP meetings have been held in any one year.
The meeting will take place in Chiang Mai, the second biggest city in Thailand situated in one of the most scenic parts of this fascinating country. Chiang Mai has a long history dating back to the 13th Century and the evidence of the early civilisation can clearly be seen. With its mountains, teak forests, wild life including elephants, stunning temples and night markets, there is plenty to see. Chiang Mai is easily accessible from many Asian cities and direct flights are available to Bangkok and the coastal resort magnet of Phuket.
There will be two days of meeting with one day field trip to local mines and an optional excursion trip to Phuket. It will be an excellent opportunity for SOMP members to meet with mining professors from region of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) including Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia and hear from them about current and potential mining operations. Senior managers from the significant mining operations in the region are also likely to attend.
There will also be a Regional Conference “ASEAN++ 2013” held by the Department of Mining Engineering, Chiang Mai University, between 11th - 12th November (2 days ahead of the 1st SOMP Regional Meeting). The Conference is expected to be a big event as there will be many people in this region who are involving in geo-resources, mining and mineral processing who will attend the Conference.
For SOMP members who want to know more about geo-resources technologies in the region are also welcome to join the ASEAN++ 2013 Conference. (For registration see:
Staff members of mining schools in ASEAN have already confirmed their participation in the 1st SOMP Regional Meeting and they are from:
CAMBODIA: Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC)
INDONESIA: Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Universiti Gadjah Mada (UGM)
LAOS: National University of Laos (NOUL)       
MALAYSIA: University of Science of Malaysia (USM)
MYANMAR: Yangon Technological University (YTU)
PHILLIPPINES: University of Philippines (UP)
THAILAND: Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chulalongkorn University (CU Prince of Songkhla University (PSU)
VIETNAM: Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG), Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT)
There will also be staff of other mining schools from Asian countries joining the Meeting including:
SRI LANKA:  University of Moratuwa (UM)
JAPAN: Kyushu University (KU) Hokkaido University (HU) and Akita University (AU)
Participating Options:

Option 1:

2 day SOMP Meeting in Chiang Mai (13th-14th November).
+ 1 day field trip at Mae Moh Lignite Mines in Lampang province (15th November).
+ 3 day field trip at old tin mines and excursion in Phuket and nearby areas (16th-18th November).

Option 2:

2 day SOMP Meeting in Chiang Mai (13th-14th November)
+ 1 day field trip at Mae Moh Lignite Mines in Lampang province (15th November).

Option 3:

2 day SOMP Meeting in Chiang Mai (13th-14th November)
Registration Fee:
- SOMP Regional Meeting - US$350
- Field trip at Mae Moh Lignite Mine (including elephant show) - US$50
- Field trip at old tin mines and excursion in Phuket : Individual - US$800 (single room) / with partner - US$1,500 (shared room) (including one-day air ticket from Chiang Mai to Phuket
Payment method: Cash, On-Site
Hotels suggestion for participants during stay in Chiang Mai are:
- Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (website) (tripadvisor)
- Le Meridien Chiang Mai (website)
- Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai (website)
- The imperial Maeping (website) 
- Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel - 122 USD (website)
- Dusit D2 Chiang Mai - 118-131 USD (website) (tripadvisor)
- Rendezvous Guest House - 23 USD
- Lanna Thai Guest House - 14 USD(website)
- Thaphae Garden Guesthouse 15 USD (website) (tripadvisor)
- Oriental Garden Chiang Mai (12.5 USD) (website) (tripadvisor)
- SOHOstel (44 USD) (website) (tripadvisor)

For those who prefer to join excursion in Phuket, accommodation is provided, please specify type of room in the registration form.
Registration form (right click and choose Save Link As...) 
the form is an Excel file, please complete the form and submit to
* Please submit registration form before 20th September 2013
Tentative SOMP Meeting agenda
-Tentative SOMP Meeting Agenda-
- Tentative program for Phuket excursion
16th Nov (Fri)
Chiang Mai to Phuket by Air Asia (21.45 – 23.50 pm)
Bus (40 persons) pick-up from Phuket International Airport to hotel
17th Nov (Sat)
Bus (40 persons) for one day sightseeing
Lunch – famous local food
Phuket Fantasy with buffet dinner
18th Nov (Sun)
Bus (40 persons) for commuting between hotel and pier
Private speed boat
Lunch on an island
Dinner – local food & seafood buffet with karaoke
19th Nov (Mon)
Accommodation for 3 nights
Bus pick-up from hotel to Phuket International Airport


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