IOM3 medals and prizes associated with the polymer industry include the following:
Awards for Personal Achievement
To an individual for outstanding services to the rubber industry of a scientific, technical or engineering character. Given alternate years with Hancock.
First awarded 1928, the Colwyn Medal dates back to 1927 when the Rt. Hon. Lord Colwyn PC, making a speech at The Institution of the Rubber Industry (IRI) Annual Dinner during his period of Presidency, pointed out that the IRI had 1700 members and a Diploma for promoting efficiency among technicians and scientific workers which would become the recognised qualification for employment in the industry. He himself wished to have the honour of giving a medal to be competed for and which would be "a source of honour, dignity and joy to the man who possesses".
To an individual for outstanding service to the rubber industry where such services have benefited either the nation, government authorities or industry. Open to members of the Institute of Materials, Minerals& Mining. Given alternate years with Colwyn.
First awarded 1951, the Hancock Medal recognises the pioneering work of Thomas Hancock (1786-1865) in introducing the vulcanised rubber manufacturing process into Europe in 1857.
For polymers in the service of mankind. Awarded not more than once every two years, not less than once every five years. Instituted to commemorate the presentation of the first Honorary Fellowship of the PRI to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 22 May 1973. International, open to members and non-members, individuals, companies, partnerships,associations, societies or academic institutions. Names and addresses of two independent referees required.
To recognise the achievement of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and knowledge of any field related to the science, engineering or technology of plastics. Awarded not more than once every two years, not less than once every five years. It is a requirement of acceptance that the recipient shall prepare and deliver the Swinburne Lecture on an occasion selected by the Institute. Award consists of a gold medal and £250 honorarium.
First awarded 1960, the Swinburne Medal and Prize commemorates the work carried out by Sir James Swinburne (1858-1958), often called the "Father of British Plastics", who revolutionised the plastics industry throughout Europe with his introduction to the phenol-formaldehyde reaction and subsequent involvement in the Bakelite process.