The Institute boasts a wide demographic, with a third of all members being under the age of 35. To ensure the needs of these younger members were met, in 1967 the Institute formed the Younger Members’ Committee (YMC). Half a century later, the YMC celebrated with a special 50th Anniversary Dinner at IOM3 headquarters, London.
Guests at the celebration included past and current YMC members, past Award winners, young scientists and event sponsors then the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
Mark Miodownik FREng HonFIMMM, Professor of Materials and Society at University College London, said in his keynote address, ‘It’s so great to be among IOM3 young members at the 50th Anniversary Dinner this evening, because we all share a passion for understanding the stuff that things are made of, materials.’
‘There is a lot of pressure on young scientists to invent new materials. However, you will invent new material. This is almost inevitable - this ability to innovate is in our nature. But your most important task is to hand this knowledge down to the next generation.’
To commemorate the success of the past 50 years, a ceramic art piece was commissioned by artist, Emma Finch. The artwork, which was unveiled at the dinner, will be placed in the Heritage Staircase at 297 Euston Road.
‘Everything in the making of this plate uses materials, processes and minerals associated with IOM3 to tell the transformative stories of the YMC,’ said Finch.
‘Ceramics has a long tradition of telling stories recognising and commemorating events achieved, not just through images, but also colour and surface finishes. The artwork captures a sense of its history, development and projection into the future.’
The evening closed with the cutting of the anniversary cake by YMC Chair, Dr Kate Thornton and YMC member Dr Martyn Jones.
Above: Ceramic artwork commissioned to celebrate 50 years of the IOM3 Younger Members’ Committee.
Below: Mark Miodownik FREng HonFIMMM gives the keynote lecture.
To get involved with the YMC, visit http://www.iom3.org/younger-members-committee