2014 in review

18 Dec 2014

Well. What. A. Year! 2014 has been a whirlwind of awards and celebrations, bustling conferences and personal triumphs.

Here, we look back and try to squeeze the best bits into a bite-size pre-Christmas read. All links open in a new window.

The first thing to set the tone for the positive year was the Standard Bank releasing a list of 100 inspirational women in mining that featured some of our members.

Following this in February a report was released following a parliamentary inquiry that was launched in 2013 into the diminishing number of women studying, and continuing to work in scientific fields. The IOM3 Women in Materials group compiled a response and submitted this as evidence. Read the report.

In March, Signature Materials continued to go from strength to strength and won a prestigious award at the National Metal Theft Awards. The team behind the pioneering marking technology were presented with the top award in the Crime Reduction Category, which recognises the commitment to reduce metal thefts from substations and overhead power lines.

PVC, the biggest conference in the IOM3 calendar, made a return in 2014 and was a huge success, with almost 500 delegates, and received very positive feedback, reinforcing the event’s reputation as the world’s leading forum on vinyl.

On 9 April 2014, The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers in London played host to the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition final. The south east took the top-spot, represented by Duncan Johnstone from the University of Oxford. He captivated the audience with his lecture, Layered Inorganic Nanomaterials: Going Beyond Graphene. This earned him his place in the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition California in October (of which more below).

Also in April, the Women in Materials Group travelled to Aberdeen to continue their successful event series on mentoring. Join the group on LinkedIn.

In May, the Worldstar Awards took place in Dusseldorf, awarding numerous prizes to the best in the packaging business. The awards are run by the World Packaging Organisation assisted by IOM3. Viki Taylor caught up with the President of the Organisation at the awards. Read the Q&A here.

23 June was the inaugural National Women in Engineering Day, organised by the Women’s Engineering Society The IOM3 Women in Materials Group arranged an event to celebrate the day: Engineering Success. The Institute was graced with great speakers and influential figures from the world of engineering, including Dame Sue Ion OBE FREng FIMMM. See what the speakers had to say here.

June also saw some of our members named in the prestigious Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

On 15 July, the annual IOM3 Awards event returned to 1 Carlton House Terrace for a black-tie evening to celebrate the best in the materials cycle. Among the guests was Stannas Bellaby, winner of the inaugural Technicians' Medal. Local societies were also recognised on the night: John Preston and Dave Penney came along to represent South Wales Materials Association, who were awarded the Large Local Society of the Year Award, and Laurence Wilshere collected the Small Local Society of the Year Award on behalf of West of England Metals and Materials Association. Last year, for the first time in history a film crew came along to capture the thoughts of winners. This year, a film crew was born in-house and IOM3 TV saw a revamp and a relaunch. See one of this year's many videos below or on YouTube for what the winners of the IOM3 awards had to say.


Also in July, the Society for the Environment President, Tony Juniper announced the appointment of Ian Bowbrick CEng CEnv FIMMM as its new Chairman at a House of Lords Reception.

In September, the Starpack Awards returned to London for the awards ceremony to celebrate the best of the best in packaging. Britvic were crowned Best in Show for the Robinsons Squash'd entry, a super-concentrated dilutable fruit squash available in 20 different flavours. We spoke to the some of the sponsors and winners on the night. Watch the video below or on YouTube.


Also in September, we were pleased to confirm 11 of our members and fellows had been appointed Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering http://www.iom3.org/news/new-fellows-royal-academy-engineering

October marked 10 years of the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition. The 10th anniversary was celebrated in California and Raphael Smith, representing South Africa was awarded first place. Read more here. You can also see all the lectures from the competition on IOM TV here.

The IOM3 Special and Publication Awards were also presented in October. The Sir Colin Humphreys Award was one of those presented on the night that recognises the contribution made to enhancing students' scientific/technological literacy through the teaching or support of materials, minerals or mining topics within 11–19 learning, either in the secondary or further education sectors. See what the winners of this and other awards thought of their accolade below or on YouTube.


The IOM3 Autumn Awards dinner took place later in the year in November, where the Student and Technician Awards were honoured.

On 18 November, IOM3 London HQ welcomed Dr Hiroshi Tomono, Representative Director and Vice Chairman, Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation, who was awarded the 2014 Bessemer Gold Medal to present his lecture, Development of Steel Continuous Casting Process in Japan - Has Bessemer’s Dream Come True? The event is held on behalf of the Iron and Steel Society and you can read more here.

It didn't slow down in December - we were delighted to hear Eoin Redahan, Senior Reporter at the Institute's member magazine Materials World was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Independent Publishers Awards in London.

Later on in December, Chief Executive of IOM3, Dr Bernie Rickinson appeared in the Business Reporter supplement in the Sunday Telegraph giving expert advice on the supply chain.

In 2014, IOM3 recruited more than 2,000 new members for the first time and added 118 new registrants to the Engineering Council register.

2015 is already set to be another busy year. Keep your eyes peeled for some important news running in the January issue of Materials World and online regarding the relocation of IOM3 headquarters in London and the new IOM3 President.

Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.