Women in Materials inaugural event success

18 Apr 2013

On 9 April, 60 women from the materials industry and academia gathered at the Institute’s London headquarters for the inaugural event of the IOM3 Women in Materials group. 

The theme of mentoring and education was the result of a survey conducted in 2012, in which women expressed a growing need for materials-based education and mentoring. Irene Turner, Chair of the Women in Materials Steering Group, which was established in July 2012, opened the proceedings by highlighting the Fellow’s discussion in 2011, in which she was told that women make up only 10% of the Institute’s membership. She explained the aims of the group, which included opening a dialogue with women members regarding mentoring, networking and education.

Other speakers on the day included Susan Cushnaghan, Senior Materials and Corrosion Engineer at Shell and Chair of the Aberdeen Shell Women’s Network, who had travelled from Aberdeen to be part of the meeting. Susan said, ‘Over the years, mentoring is something I have become passionate about. My aim today is to try and break down some of the myths that surround mentoring for women, and encourage people to embrace it.’

Diane Aston, Training and Education Executive at IOM3, also took to the stage to explain the Schools Affiliate Scheme and what they do, and listed the membership options for schools, including the free standard web-based membership.The day concluded with a feedback form, which will be used to determine themes for future events.

For details on the Women in Materials group and for information on how to be part of it, please email Sarah Boad