The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK science and engineering institution whose activities promote and develop all aspects of the materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling and reuse. IOM3 supports professionals in materials, minerals and mining to become heroes of the transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient society, not villains. We seek to be the best professional membership body we can be by providing modern, flexible services, quality technical content and value for money.
IOM3 has a membership of over 18,000, and represents a combination of scientific, technical and human resources which links industry, government, education, research and the academic world. Individual members of the Institute 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 professional registration such as Chartered Engineer (CEng). 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 the Institute's many books, journals and conferences and from access to the Institute's Information Services. These include extensive library resources as well as a team of materials experts who provide consultancy services to Institute members, and to companies who have joined the Institute's Industry Affiliate Scheme. See membership benefits
Educational and outreach
The Institute is committed to supporting the teaching of the materials, minerals and mining topics in the 5–19 curriculum and to promoting careers in our fields through the provision of resources and courses to improve teachers' subject knowledge and events and activities to engage learners of all ages. Our diverse portfolio of initiatives enables us to work with schools across the UK and beyond and with the help of our key stakeholders we strive to provide a greater number of impactful interventions to inspire, inform and influence the next generation of STEM professionals.
Events and publications
The Institute's trading subsidiary, IOM Communications Ltd, is responsible for producing the Institute's member magazines, Materials World and Clay Technology and for organising conferences, training courses and the Starpack packaging awards.
Information and Specialist Support services
The Institute through the Information and Specialist Support Services provides technical advice to Institute members and the public on the selection and use/reuse of materials and manufacturing processes. Information Services includes a large physical archive at Grantham as well as a technical enquiry helpdesk and library services for the materials, minerals and mining sectors. Specialist Support also helps the network of technical communities, the Institute has to collaborate and work together. Companies can gain access to the Institute’s networks, content and other information resources by joining the Industry Affilate Scheme.
The Institute currently accredits a large number of programmes at more than 25 Universities across the UK and abroad along with a number of company-based professional development schemes helping those working towards registration.
There are four strands of work that IOM3 will undertake over the next three years to work towards delivering on the 2020–2022 Corporate Strategy. These include focus on the following areas including membership, content, professional development and influence.
IOM3 is active across social media with a Twitter account as well as a Facebook and a LinkedIn company page. We are also developing a presence on Instagram. A full list of accounts for our various staff, departments and activities, as well as those of several of our technical communities and local society groups, can be found here.
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is a Registered Charity in the UK with Charity No 269275.