End of year review: 2016

14 Dec 2016

2016 has been a year we will all remember, for many reasons! Here at IOM3, regardless of the changing times, we managed to have a positive year and celebrate many successes.

2016 got off to a great start with Professor Paul O’Brien FRS FREng FIMMM, Dr Alan Turnbull FRS FREng CEng FIMMM and Professor Kathleen Elizabeth Tanner FIMMM named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list

It’s been a big year for Tribology and in March, prominent figures from the world of tribology were invited to a special anniversary reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, to celebrate 50 years of a ground-breaking report, Lubrication (Tribology) Education and Research, commonly referred to as The Jost Report, named after the Chair of the committee that produced it, Professor H Peter Jost CBE HonFIMMM (pictured left with IOM3 President, Mike Hicks). IOM3 is delighted to have been able to contribute to recognising the huge impact this report has had in the world of tribology. Five key learned societies, IOM3, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry joined forces to create the UK Tribology Network. UK Tribology establishes a single voice with a largely outward facing remit to reach as much of UK industry as possible to enable the uptake of best tribological practice.

Getting registered was a key focus for IOM3 in 2016 and a campaign was launched to encourage people to gain professional registration. Numerous interviews with recent registrants ran in our members' magazine online and Ian Bowbrick CEng CEnv FIMMM, Director of Professional Development and Membership, answered the important questions to demystify the process. Read it here and get in touch with Ian Bowbrick if you would like to know more. Click here to read about personal experiences of becoming registered from Dr Eleanor Merson CEng MIMMM and Iain Henrys CEng CSci MIMMM.

Colleen MannThe 2016 National Final of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition 2016 was held On 20 April at the Armourers' Hall in London. Colleen Mann (pictured left) was the winner with her lecture In the Bin for 100,000 Years: An Intergenerational Burden.

The 2016 WorldStar Awards ceremony took place on 26 May in Budapest, hosted by the Hungarian Association of Packaging and Materials Handling. The 2016 awards received a total of 293 entries from 34 countries. The UK took the most awards, with 15 winning entries. See the video from the event here

In May, IOM3 Fellows Professor Pratibha Gai CEng FIMMM, Dr Sue Ion CEng FIMMM and Professor Philip Withers FIMMM were elected Fellows of the Royal Society. Click here to read more.

In June, Britain voted to leave the European Union. In the June issue of Materials World, Khai Trung Le spoke to David Banks, Scientists for Britain, and Professor Richard Jones, University of Sheffield. Read what they thought about the potential impact of Brexit on academic science.

Dr Stephen Eric Bold FREng CEng FIMMM and EUR ING Dawn Bonfield CEng FIMMM were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in the same month. 

Also in June, winners of the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year were announced and IOM3 member Dr T Ben Britton CSci MIMMM, Lecturer, Department of Materials, Imperial College London was among them.

An inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering was published in the Daily Telegraph on 23 June 2016 to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day and we were proud to see four of IOM3 Fellows named. Professor Helen Atkinson CBE FREng CEng FIMMM (pictured right in photo), Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Dame Julia King DBE FREng HonFIMMM (pictured left in photo), Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Aston University, Liv Carroll DIC CGeol FGS FIMMM, Chartered Geologist, Geological Society and Dame Sue Ion FREng FRS FIMMM, Chair NIRAB, Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board. The list was celebrated at a breakfast launch at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London, hosted by Dawn Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society. 

Carrying on the theme of winning and achieving in June, the Starpack Schools and Student Awards were announced and celebrated at a great event at IOM3 London HQ with a BBQ and drinks reception. 

Early in July, second year Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University, Annabel Burton, won the Design Innovation in Plastics 2016 Competition. IOM3 supports the annual competition that aims to encourage students to recognise that plastics are a key design material of the 21st century. 

On 12 July, winners of the 2016 IOM3 Awards for personal achievement and outstanding contributions celebrated their achievements at a dinner held at IOM3 London HQ. View the video here. 

Nominations for the 2017 IOM3 Awards are now open. 

The annual Starpack Industry Awards 2016 welcomed some exceptional entries, which were celebrated at the famous Packaging Innovations show in September.

On 13 October, Li (Alan) Zhong, from Singapore (pictured centre accepting his prize in photo on the left) was awarded first place in the 2016 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition with his lecture, Artificial Corneal Implants: A Brighter Future with Advanced Bioceramics. Watch the video from the week in Brazil here

In November, the 2016 Technician Awards and Student Prizes were announced. Nominations for these awards are made by university materials departments.

IOM3 Fellows Christine Blackmore and Liv Carroll were named in the 2016 top 100 global inspirational women in mining, a list that celebrates women that make a difference in the industry. Read more about this list and who is on it here.

The Special and Publication Awards were celebrated in another ceremony at the IOM3 London HQ. Read more about the award winners and watch the video here.

It was a complex year for the steel industry and IOM3 and members of the Iron and Steel Society delivered events and talks to discuss the issues and the future. One of these was Bessemer Day in October, in collaboration with the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA). Bessemer Medal winner Professor Alan Cramb presented the Bessemer Lecture, Steel Processing Technology: Potential Futures. This was followed in late November by the Steel Strategy Seminar: Technology Strategy for the future UK Steel Industry. The day was a huge success and supported by video talks from some of the speakers for those that couldn’t make it which can be found on IOM3 TV 

The IOM3 Schools Affiliate Scheme (SAS) celebrated a milestone in reaching 1,000 members. The SAS has been supporting teachers since 1999 and although the structure has changed over the years, the aims of the scheme have remained the same. Read more.

In 2016, IOM3 delivered 25 events to 1,555 delegates, celebrated 2,406 new members of which 24% were women members - and produced 28 videos and lectures.

What a year! Don’t forget, you can update the email alerts you receive from IOM3 in ‘My Account’ and click ‘set up and manage alerts’ to stay up to date with web news, jobs and magazine content.

As the year draws to a close, attention turns to 2017 and one of the biggest events in the IOM3 calendar – the PVC conference. Click here to read the programme highlights so far and note the early bird registration closes on 31 December.

Happy holidays and here’s to 2017!

Further information

You can view the 2015 annual report here