The GDMB is a non-profit organization. Its activities focus on combining science with practical experience in the fields of mining, engineering, tunnelling, mineral processing, extraction, recycling and refining of metals, as well as on the manufacturing of semi and finished products. There is an increasing emphasis on associated environmental issues. The GDMB is active internationally with a European basis and covers a wide variety of topics from applied geology via processing to recycling. These include many important areas of chemistry, especially the complex metallurgical chemistry and, last not least, also analytical chemistry. As a consequence of their increasing importance, aspects of industrial minerals are addressed in addition to the traditional fields of metals and alloys. In order to remain a vibrant and attractive professional society, the GDMB draws on the experience and interests of its worldwide members.