Natural Materials Association
The first UK body representing the breadth of natural materials has been launched by IOM3
The Natural Materials Association (NMA) will provide a much-needed focus for a diverse range of natural materials, including wood, stone, clay/ceramic, natural rubber, wool, leather, hemp, etc, as well as enabling an improved understanding of biomimicry (learning from nature).
The formation of this body was announced at the Natural Fibres conference, a UK event celebrating the United Nations’ International Year of Natural Fibres, and will build upon the recent integration of the Institute of Wood Science within IOM3 to create IWSc: The Wood Technology Society.
The NMA will form an important bridge to the product design community as well as outreach to schools and higher education. It will also enable greater interaction and networking between individual natural materials communities, and will support the growth of these links across the global membership of IOM3.
Further details will appear here as they become available. In the meantime this page contains links to selected content from the IOM3 website on specific natural materials as well as natural materials in general.