COVID-19 Content Hub

Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. You can get up-to-date information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what you need to do on

IOM3 brings you the content hub, providing you with updates on COVID-19, online content and valuable member information at this critical time.

Education and Outreach

Head of Education and Professional Development, Dr Diane Aston says, 'As a parent of two boys myself, I know how challenging it is at the moment to engage children in home schooling and promote independent learning. To help you to get your kids more interested in science and engineering beyond the curriculum, IOM3 has made our Schools Affiliate Scheme resources freely accessible to all. These might be useful for your older children that want some wider reading or support to add context to the work being sent home from school.'

The IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme provides a variety of resources that have been created to improve the subject knowledge of teachers and enhance the teaching of the materials, minerals and mining topics within the curriculum. 

Dos and Don'ts for working at home

Following the escalation of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Government announcement of measures to help tackle its spread, working remotely/home working is now becoming the ‘new norm’ for many people. IOM3 has put together a list of 'dos and don’ts' that those of you not used to working from home may find useful over the weeks to come. 

Getting chartered without the headaches

Are you looking to update your membership grade or thinking of applying for professional registration? IOM3 has a number of resources available with information on the process, guidelines and how to complete your application. You can watch videos from Dr Sophie Parsons CEng CEnv MIMMM (Lecturer, University of Bath & IOM3 Strategic Advisor) and Jan Lewis CEng CEnv FIMMM (Ground Risk Consultant & IOM3 Past President) as they discuss becoming chartered and their experiences. Watch them on IOM3TV at

As part of our ongoing member benefits series in 2020, this month in Materials World, IOM3 Director of Professional Development and Membership, Ian Bowbrick, talks about Competent Person Registration (CPR) and some of the opportunities the Institute makes available to its members.

IOM3 members saving lives in Covid-19 crisis?

IOM3 is planning to profile the vital role of our members in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. It is clear that IOM3 members have an essential role in providing materials for the new hospitals, PPE for the NHS and in driving new medical devices/ventilators to support patients battling coronavirus. 

Find out how to get involved.

Online mentoring and workshops

IOM3 is hosting an online Mentoring service to support members achieve a higher membership grade or make an application for professional registration that they may have been putting off in the past for lack of time. Find out more here.

Virtual meetings

IOM3 has put together a guide to getting the most from virtual meetings. It focuses on the following: 

  • Technical considerations 
  • Audio virtual meetings 
  • Video virtual meetings 
  • Etiquette 
  • Summary of best practice recommendations for participants 

View full document below.


9 April 2020 3pm BST – Tinius Olsen Webinar – Material Testing: What's happening in the world of multinational standards development

7 April 2020 13:00 BST – Marketing through the Coronavrius 

Netzsch technical webinar: Intelligent Seals - How Self-Monitoring Rubber Seals Can help To Avoid Expensive Leakage Damage, Reduce Downtime and Improve Lifespan

PPE initiative

A new campaign has been launched, calling on businesses in the Mansfield and Ashfield areas to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to support NHS staff dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launched by Martin Rigley MBE, Managing Director of Lindhurst Engineering Ltd in Sutton in Ashfield, the #ppe4nhs campaign is seeking donations of unused PPE from local businesses, particularly those in the engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors.

To find out what is needed or how to get involved, please see document below or contact

Content Cafe

Content from IOM3 showing member activity, research and outputs. Content includes:

  • How researchers have analysed the aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 and compared it with SARS-CoV-1, the most closely related human coronavirus
  • Recycling from nuclear reactors for battery benefits
  • European recycling markets reel from COVID-19

Some content is only avaliable for members only. 

Access the Content Cafe here. 


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