2015 - The year in review

16 Dec 2015

It’s been another great year for IOM3. We think it would be fair to call 2015 a year of change. We moved out of our Carlton House Terrace after many happy years, and into the new contemporary premises at 297 Euston Road, launched the Materials World app and the new IOM3 website. 

In January, we welcomed new President Mike Hicks, former Global Head of Materials Engineering at Rolls–Royce. You can read his Q&A here and see his Presidential Address on IOM3 TV.

At the end of March, the new IOM3 website launched. It was a huge task to transfer the website, and member information to another website and we think it has paid off. The website has a fresh look, with navigation much more simple than before and a dynamic homepage to showcase the Institute's offerings. 

James Perkins was appointed Editor of the IOM3 magazines in April, and with the launch of the Materials World app on 2 April, followed by a nomination for Membership Magazine of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards, he really hit the ground running! The app is now available to download and is a great way to read Materials World on the move and boast exclusive content each month. If you haven't already downloaded, we encourage you to do so. Head here for more information and details on how to download. On 22 April, Maria Cann won the Young Persons' Lecture Competition with her lecture 'Enhancement of nanowire transparent conductors for use in touch sensors'. You can read more about Maria and the other finalists here.

On 19 May, the Worldstar Awards were presented at an awards ceremony organised by IOM3. For the first time, we produced a video at Worldstar, which you can watch here.

In June, the first US national final of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition was held and won by Maeve Budi. Six finalists from various universities across North America gathered at the University of Florida to take part in the final, having won their regional heat. Watch what the finalists had to say here. On 23 June, the IOM3 Women in Materials group hosted another successful event for National Women in Engineering day, we had a chat with some of the speakers and attendees, you can watch the video here.

By the end of June, all staff had moved into the new IOM3 London HQ and works to improve the facilities were well underway. A unique space for members and external clients has been created and is available for hire, for everything from small meetings to formal dinners. Our video of the venue showcases some of the space and you can see more in the brochure.

As ever, July was the month of the IOM3 Premier Awards dinner, this year held at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. The annual awards recognise both personal triumphs and outstanding contributions of companies within the materials, minerals and mining cycle. See the full list of winners here.

In September, the Starpack Awards were held in Leicester. Read more here, which includes links to all the winners and view the video here

The Young Persons' World Lecture competition was held in Drogheda, Ireland in October and was won by Kevin Doherty with his lecture New Thermal Control Material Systems for Interplanetary and Geosynchronous Spaceflight. You can view his fascinating talk, and all the other finalists' lectures, on IOM3 TV here.

In November, we were privileged to be joined by The Duke of Edinburgh for the offical opening of our new London headquarters. He came to 297 Euston Road to unveil the plaque and presented the Prince Philip Award to 2015 winners, Avon Rubber. The Special and Publication Awards and Young Technician of the Year Awards also took place in November and marked the first official dinner in the new Bessemer Suite at 297 Euston Road.

On 13 November, the final major awards evening of 2015 was held in Sheffield, where the Iron and Steel Society Awards were presented, including the 2015 Bessemer Gold Medal, awarded to Professor John Beynon.

In addition to all this, we ran an abundance of successful events including ClayTech UK, the launch of UK Tribology and the launch of Cafe Nano, a series that will be continued in early 2016.

Wishing all of our members a happy new year!