Representatives from Tata and Swansea University collected a prestigious award on behalf of the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) from IOM3 at the Premier Awards dinner in London in July this year. The award was in recognition of the excellent series of interesting and diverse lecture events hosted by the SWMA and for the innovative promotion methods used to increase attendance. Talks held have covered a diverse range of subjects from the science of Superheroes to the fracture mechanics of glass. Talks attracted audiences of up to 160 ranging from 11 up to 80 years old.
Tata is a keen supporter of IOM3 – Technical Director Dr Martin Brunnock said, 'We should be very proud of this award and the work carried out by SWMA to promote metals and materials in South Wales – this award is recognition of the fantastic efforts put in to drive their success and to build strong bonds and networks between Welsh industries and academic organisations'. Professor David Worsley, Academic Director of SPECIFIC and head of Swansea University’s Materials Research Centre, echoed the words of Dr Brunnock and added, 'this award is well deserved - the SWMA is going from strength to strength and provides our students with fantastic continuous professional development, thought provoking talks and a chance to meet with our industrial colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere'.
SWMA is a non-profit organisation, based at Swansea University and serves the West Wales area through the promotion of Materials Science by lectures and works visits; and by fostering and encouraging students to pursue qualifications and careers in Materials Science, Engineering and Technology.