About IOM3

How IOM3 is governed, its structure, locations and contact information

The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) is a professional engineering, environmental and scientific institution, a registered charity and governed by a Royal Charter.

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IOM3 supports professionals in materials, minerals, mining and associated technical disciplines to be champions of the transition to a low-carbon, resilient & resource efficient society. It seeks to be the best professional membership body it can be by providing modern, flexible services; quality technical content; and value for money.

Our activities promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse.




Our vision

To be recognised as the global leader for professionals involved with the materials cycle.

Our mission

To promote the science, design, engineering and technology of materials, minerals and mining and their practical applications and facilitate qualifications, professional recognition and development, and to deliver knowledge, information and networking services to a global membership and wider community.


Governance & structure

The Institute is a body incorporated by Royal Charter and a charity registered in England & Wales (269275) and in Scotland (SC050586). 

A new governance structure has been in place since November 2019. 

See Governance page


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. IOM3 has had many mergers along the way. In 2019, IOM3 celebrated a major milestone in its history - 150 since the formation of the Iron and Steel Institute – with a series of commemorative events and activities.

See IOM3 history

Annual Report & Corporate documents

Our Annual Report, corporate documents including our Charter and Bye-laws and other documents relating to the governance and management of IOM3 can be found here

View corporate documents


The Institute has offices in two UK locations in London and Grantham. We offer a selection of professional meeting spaces available for hire in both locations. Let our on-site team help your meeting, training or event run smoothly.


Overview of our main activities


Events, awards & competitions

Opportunities to engage with IOM3 and benefit from networking, knowledge exchange and recognition across all disciplines


Schools outreach

An introduction to IOM3 activities and resources to support 5 to 19 education


Materials World

Our flagship members' magazine covering all aspects of the materials cycle

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Information services

We offer a technical enquiry service and library services to members, non-members, industry, academia and the public

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Licensed accreditation

IOM3 currently accredits a large number of programmes at over 25 universities in the UK and abroad along with a number of company-based schemes

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Technical Communities

IOM3 Technical Communities focus on all aspects of materials science, technology and engineering; mining, minerals and exploration; and materials applications from nanotechnology to construction