COVID-19 Content Hub

Stay alert. Control the virus. Save lives. You can get up-to-date information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what you need to do on The full UK Goverment COVID-19 recovery strategy can be downloaded below.

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

IOM3 return to the office – Risk Assessment 

The IOM3 offices will be reopening for team members and our tenants from 1 September 2020 based on a phased return across various days throughout September and October. We ask to limit any face-to-face meetings if virtual meetings are not possible. For more information about the IOM3 COVID-19 risk assessment, please see document below.

The impact of COVID-19 on the materials, minerals and mining communities

The escalation of COVID-19 during 2020 has posed great challenges for individuals as well as organisations and has also led, in some cases, to new opportunities to rethink the way of working. A report by IOM3 considers the impact of the pandemic on several industries and examines what may lie ahead.

Read the full report here.

What is IOM3 doing to support the COVID-19 response?

IOM3 has been involved in helping to keep its members aware of latest updates, share expertise and exchange knowledge in the fight against COVID-19 and provide valuable content at this critical time. 

These activities are listed below and a summary can be found here.

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 Library 

Work continues to reunite the whole IOM3 collection in The Boilerhouse, Grantham, to improve the user experience. This means that the library will be closed until October 2020. Regarding COVID-19 - IOM3 continues to follow Government advice on the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, visits will be by appointment only. Please understand this to protect our members and team. We may still be able to assist with some information so please ask using our contact form (select "Library" category).

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. The free online workshops will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams, focused on professional qualifications and becoming a Fellow. The full programme can be found at:

Registration workshops

Becoming a Fellow

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 here.

Watch on Demand

Access the video recordings of the presentations made at the IOM3 conference on Tailings Management: What is Best Practice?

Marketing through Coronavirus 

Positioning Expertise using LinkedIn 

Presenting Skills for Online Communications

Communicating with Staff during Coronavirus 

Humanising your brand - telling better stories and sharing experiences

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

Taylor and Francis – COVID-19 updates

The IOM3 publishing partner, Taylor & Francis, has launched a new microsite to provides links and references to all relevant COVID-19 research articles, book chapters and information that can be freely accessed on Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis ebooks in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into COVID-19. 

T&F has resumed printing of its journals from 18 May 2020 after a short pause in April. 

More information here.

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.

More information on the PPE initative 

Content Cafe

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

  • Review article on open source ventilators for COVID-19
  • 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
  • Ventilator Challenge – first device approved

Some content is only avaliable for members only. 

Access the Content Cafe here. 

Materials World – Free access to features

Historic Materials World feature content available to non members dating back from February 2020, visit to view the past issues.

Member’s Benevolent Trust (MBT)

A reminder that during these difficult times, the Member's Benevolent Trust exists to support and provide assistance to people in need who are, or have been for more than two years, members of IOM3. If you are struggling because of the current situation, please contact MBT, they may be able to help.

Howes Percival Solicitors – COVID-19 hub on business, employment and property

We have teamed up with Howes Percival solicitors to deliver direct access to their COVID -19 hub, a free on-line resource featuring pragmatic and informative content, written by their legal experts and updated daily as matters unfold.

Acess the hub here. 

Guidance by UK Goverment – COVID-19: how laboratories can support the testing programme

The UK Department of Health and Social Care has put together guidance on for laboratories or other organisations who are interested in supporting the NHS deliver testing for coronavirus.

Read the full guidance document.

Engineering and Design Solutions for COVID-19

IOM3 alongside a number of other PEI's led by Institution of Engineering Design has setup a project with Keele University, to bring engineers and designers together to answer immediate challenges as set by NHS workers, patients, carers, the elderly and other sectors who may need engineering and design solutions as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Get involved here.

Equal Engineers Covid-19 Challenge

What are the problems YOU, and your community are facing in daily life due to coronavirus? Equal Engineers are looking for creative and out-of-this-world ideas, to help tackle the effects of Covid-19 around you. Be as imaginative as you can! Be it as a team, with your school, college or university mates, get your friends, grand-parents or kids together to pitch in with your innovative solutions to help defeat coronavirus. You can be as creative as you want in sharing it too, feel free to make explanatory videos, and make your solution open-source for the world to use.

For more information click on the 'Equal Engineers' document below or visit

Would you be prepared to volunteer to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic? Auxiliary Engineering Support needed

The Royal Academy of Engineering has been approched by NHS England to look at the possibility of engaging across the PEIs to ask for volunteers to help with a range of engineering requirements that will enable them to continue to deliver frontline services, this time across all regions and nations. The job roles include an urgent need for Auxiliary Engineering Support over the coming weeks.

Full job description can be found below and to sign up click here.

Engage – A New Skills Platform for Makers and Engineers

Engage is a platform built to deliver digital engineering skills to Britain’s engineers and manufacturers at a time when they are needed more than ever. An evolving hub of engineering and manufacturing expertise, it's designed to help engineers build common, digital and sector-specific skills in the era of Industry 4.0. 

To find out more about the engineering platform, vist