About the Hong Kong Branch

Message from Tim Leung, President, IOM3 Hong Kong Branch

Dear Members and Friends

Welcome to Session 2020 to 2022 !

I would like to express my great appreciation to all of you who were there to support the Branch AGM both in the face-to-face meeting and on Zoom on 24 April 2020.  I am honored and privileged to have been elected as President of the Hong Kong Branch. I really enjoy being involved in serving the Branch. I am persistent, and I always put all my energy into everything I can do in the Branch. I am very compassionate and promise to promote the Branch but definitely rely on all your help and support.  I trust that I will do my best to meet the challenge in particular during the evolving coronavirus attacks situation.

The health and safety of all of us and our families are of the utmost importance. After considering the current development of COVID-19 regionally in Hong Kong and worldwide, we have decided to defer our Annual Dinner supposed to be held in our AGM on 24 April 2020. Our Council Committee would work closely to organise an Annual Dinner when the situation of coronavirus is getting better.

This year, the Branch will continue to stay actively involved in the seminars and site visits, so as to make the role of IOM3 HK in sustainable development be widely acknowledged from a higher level, including overseas technical visit and other related international organizations. In the near future, the Branch would consider to provide technical seminars by webinar.

Another important activity was participating in YPWLC 2020 scheduled to be held in Hong Kong, which is to be organized and convened by UK headquarters jointly with Hong Kong Branch.

Nowadays, underground space plays an essential role in sustainable development, especially in Hong Kong with land supply issue. Therefore, I plan to organise an Underground Space Conference in this term 2020 - 2022. I hope that many of you in the industry will join us and share in this insight to the development of underground industry.

Once again, I am grateful for all of your support to the Branch and really look forward to the coming term when we can achieve tremendous result.

Last but not least, the IOM3 Hong Kong Branch successfully organized the ‘IOM3 150th Anniversary Conference on Materials, Minerals and Mining in the Development of Hong Kong’ at the Regal Kowloon Hotel in Hong Kong on 8 November 2019. It was very delightful to have Distinguished Speaker, Mr James Blake, GBS OBE JP, Former Secretary for Works of the Hong Kong Government, to share the successful world class projects in the development of Hong Kong and the use of digital software nowadays. It is my pleasure to inform you that Mr James Blake, who delivered an excellent presentation in the Conference, is to be awarded the IOM3 Thornton Medal at the Premier Awards Christmas Dinner scheduled to be held on 3 December 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to warmly congratulate James !

Yours sincerely,
President of IOM3 HK 2020-2022
May 2020



Brief history

The former Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM) was founded in 1892 and was a professional and learned society for engineers engaged in the minerals industry. The IMM had branches in the UK, Ireland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Malaysia, Australia and Western Canada. IMM merged with the Institute of Materials to form IOM3 and was officially recognised by the UK's Privy Council on 26 June 2002.

IOM3(HK) was formed in December 1984 and is a registered society under the Laws of Hong Kong. The membership of the Branch increased steadily in the 1980s and 1990s and now exceeds 215.

Branch Members are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, including geology, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, mining engineering, materials engineering, tunnelling and materials science.


Mission statement

The objectives and purpose of the Branch are to advance in Hong Kong the objects of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining to advance the science and practice of operations within the materials, minerals and mining industry.



What are the local procedures?

Eligibility for Corporate, Associate and Technician membership of the IOM3 and, where sought, registration with the Engineering Council, will be evaluated following a review of your qualifications, training and professional experience by staff and senior members of the Institute culminating in an interview with two members who are resident in Hong Kong.

How can I join the Hong Kong Branch?

Existing members of IOM3 can join the IOM3(HK) Branch at no extra cost. To join, simply contact the Hong Kong Branch Honorary Secretary at secretary@iom3.org.hk


The relevant processes and criteria can be referred to here – (Quick 6 steps to obtaining) MIMMM with CEng.


IOM3(HK) News and Events Subscription 

IOM3(HK) is proactive in advancing the science and practice of operations within the industry. Numerous technical seminars, site visits, and conference are organized every year. If you want to receive our latest promotions and news, you are advised to provide your contact name and emails address to our Hon. Secretary, Jennifer Haigh at secretary@iom3.org.hk.