EMMS latest updates

AGM 2 June 2020 Held Virtually

Our AGM was held virtually on the 2 June 2020. Follow links for minutes and details of our accounts. This was our first virtual meeting we are planning to hold next seasons talks that fall in 2020 virtually as well. We are currently planning next seasons programme of events and details will be published on this site shortly.

Student Funding - International Rubber Conference

EMMS contributed to the funding for Vinotharan Annarasa, a Doctoral Research Student from the Composites Research Group, University of Nottingham, to attend the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2019, London, 3-5 September 2019. The IRC is the largest conference in the field of rubber research and was uniquely held in UK last year. Vinotharan stated "I am truly grateful for the funds from EMMS and also for supporting my IOM3 membership thus far. This conference has opened up many avenues for me, I hope to remain a part of the EMMS community and contribute to it in the future". Details of our ongoing student funding offers are available on this website.

Covid-19: Remaining Programme of Events for 2019/2020 Season

Due to the Covid-19 situation we have reviewed our events for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season. Details for each event are given below:
IOM3 Younger Persons Lecture Competition – Midlands Final that was to be 25 March 2020: POSTPONED: To be held online via Zoom on 22 July at 6.30pm.
Works Visit: M. Wright and Sons Ltd, Quorn that was to be on 22 April 2020: CANCELLED
AGM and a talk entitled “Oxidation and Hot Corrosion of Superalloys” Stella Padrazzini from Imperial College that was to be on the 13 May 2020: POSTPONED: We hope to incorporate the talk into our 2020/2021 programme. The AGM to be held virtually on 2 June.
Social Event: Claymills Victorian Pumping Station. Burton on Trent that was to be in June or July 2020: CANCELLED

IOM3 Membership Offer

EMMS are pleased to offer discounted membership of IOM3. All you have to do is attend one of our meetings and complete an application form on the night. You do not have to pay any money at this stage. You will be entitled to a 20% discount on the fees for the first two years. This is an excellent opportunity to join IOM3! Find out more (PDF 62 KB).


We are pleased to announce that we have won the IOM3 Award for Local Society of the Year in the small society category! Thanks to all those who come along and support our events, and our speakers, for helping us with this achievement. Particular thanks to all our committee members who help put on a popular programme year on year. We were presented with the trophy in July which is shown with our president Simon Hogg. It is the second time that we have recieved the trophy in recent times, we also won it in 2013!                                                                                                                                                                                                              

EMMS Conference – Energy and the Environment – Materials Making the Difference

The society, in conjunction with the IOM3 Energy Materials Group (EMG) and the Society for the Environment, organised a very successful conference on the above subject at the National Space Centre, Leicester on 27th June 2019.  Professor Stuart Irvine, Chair of EMG, gave the keynote presentation, setting the scene for the three themes - Energy Generation, Energy Storage and Energy Use and Savings. Examples from each theme were presented by experts in their field. Professor Irvine commented in the recent EMG newsletter  (No. 24) that there were common themes  - increasing scrutiny on the environmental impact of energy materials from cradle to grave, drive for extended lifetime of materials in service, effect of increasing use of electricity in transport and the increasing importance of energy storage. To quote Professor Irvine “there has never been a more exciting and challenging time to be working on energy materials and as materials professionals you really could save the world”. Materials can, and are, making the difference. There were 49 conference attendees, including a significant number of students. Let ‘s hope that they have been inspired!

EMMS Annual General Meeting 15 May 2019

Our AGM took place on Wednesday 15 May at Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus. Here are the AGM Minutes (pdf 235 KB). The AGM was followed by a fascinating talk on Smart Packaging by Brian McCarthy, Innovate UK who explained some of the strategic challenges and innovations in the UK packaging sector. Many questions were asked, including the use of plastics and the environment, at the end of this most topical of talks.

Smart Materials: The Future of Stuff

Our prestige lecture was given by Dr Anna Ploszajski and took place on the evening of Wednesday 3 April at the Penrose Atrium, Loughborough University. By day, Anna is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Making, UCL, researching 4D printing and metamaterials. By night she communicates materials science on stage, on radio, on TV and on the page. In 2017 she was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2018 won the Silver Medal from the IOM3. The audience of over 50 guests enjoyed hearing about what makes materials smart and where these materials could be used in future in an engaging talk with live demonstrations. Thanks to Anna and to our guests who had many interesting questions to ask at the end of the talk. 

Promoting Women in Engineering and Materials

East Midlands Materials Society held a meeting in January 2019 to promote women in engineering and materials. There were talks from Jennifer Glover on the work of the Women’s Engineering Society (Jennifer is the chair of the Loughborough University branch), Sarah Boad on the work of IOM3 Women in Materials (Sarah is the IOM3 organiser of Women in Materials), and Sabrina Yan gave a technical talk on the work of the Loughborough University Materials Characterisation Centre. All talks were well received by the audience of about forty people. EMMS offered to pay IOM3 fees for any new women members who attended, and three new members were recruited. A donation was also made to the Women’s Engineering Society to further their work. It is believed that this is the first IOM3 local society event held to promote women in engineering and materials.

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