The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community. IOM3 was formed from the merger of the Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy in June 2002. Its roots go back to the Iron and Steel Institute which was established in 1869. It received Royal Charters in 1899 and 1975. Additional bodies that have been amalgamated with IOM3 within the past 10 years include the Institute of Packaging, Institute of Clay Technology, Institute of Wood Science and Institute of Vitreous Enamellers.
IOM3 has a membership of 18,000 individual members in the UK and overseas. It represents a combination of scientific, technical and human resources which links industry, government, education, research and the academic world. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, from students to company chief executives. Members qualify for different grades of membership, ranging from Affiliate to Fellow (FIMMM), depending on academic qualifications and professional experience. The professional development programme run by the Institute helps contribute to members' career enhancement towards senior grades of membership and Chartered status (CEng, CEnv, CSci). Uniquely, the Institute also embraces membership of companies and of schools within its Industry Affiliate and Schools Affiliate schemes.
Members benefit from reduced rates for books, journals and conferences and from access to IOM3 Information Services. These include extensive library resources as well as a team of materials experts who provide consultancy services to IOM3 members, and to companies who have joined the Institute's Industry Affiliate Scheme.
IOM3 provides a range of activities and initiatives to benefit the materials and minerals community. Educational activities aim to promote the materials discipline to younger generations by allowing access, through the Schools Affiliate Scheme, to a range of educational resources and materials. IOM3 has very close links with schools and colleges and is responsible for accrediting university and college courses and industrial training schemes.
Events and publications
The Institute's trading subsidiary, IOM Communications Ltd, is responsible for producing the IOM3 member magazines, Materials World and Clay Technology, and for organising conferences, training courses and the Starpack packaging awards.
The Materials Information Service is an IOM3 activity that has been giving advice to industry on the selection and use of materials since 1988. This is now part of the IOM3 Information Services which include technical enquiry and library services for the materials, minerals and mining sectors, an information help desk, regionally based advisors and related services. Companies can gain access to information resources by joining the Industry Affiliate Scheme.