Student & Early Career Hub

A gateway to content and resources related to student & early career professionals

IOM3 offers and facilitates a number of activities and resources to support student and early career members in CPD.

Find out more about awards, competitions and funding opportunities, upcoming events and recordings, relevant news SEC Committee opinion pieces and blogs, and all resources relevant to student and early career professionals.

Members, please log in to access your online member benefits

IOM3 provides a range of membership options, from professional membership for those who are qualified and have experience in the technologies and sectors covered by IOM3, and affiliate membership for anyone working in these fields who may not have formal qualifications, to students starting out on a qualification in a materials, minerals or mining-related subjects.

Follow the links below to learn more about IOM3 membership benefits, if you are looking to upgrade your membership or interested in professional registration.

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Student & Apprentice packages

For students following an approved course of study or apprenticeship in a materials, minerals or mining discipline

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Membership benefits

Make the most of your IOM3 membership.

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Chartered status

Recognition as a competent practitioner in your technical field of specialisation

Awards & Competitions

IOM3 runs annual competitions for student and early career members and non-members, lecture competitions to develop presentation skills, packaging design competitions to reward talent in creativity and annual awards to celebrate achievement and excellence in IOM3 members that have recently completed a qualification or apprenticeship in a materials, minerals or mining related field. 

Student & Apprentice Awards | Deadline: 20 September at 23:59 BST

Image Competition

Starpack Competition

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Starpack Students Competition

An opportunity for students to showcase their great ideas and solutions directly to an industry that is looking for rising stars.

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Starpack Schools Competition

A project based competition aimed at generating a greater understanding of packaging, design and materials to inspire the next generation of packaging professionals

Lecture Competitions

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Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC)

The YPLC invites students and professionals to deliver a short lecture on materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering related subjects.

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Young Persons' World Lecture Competition (YPWLC)

The Young Persons' World Lecture Competition has been held annually in different locations around the globe since 2005.

IOM3 Awards & Prizes

Personal Achievement Awards


Silver Medal

IOM3 Funding | Applications now open

IOM3 offers streams of funding which involve activities that develop interest, recognise excellence and support professional development in the materials cycle. They are supported by the IOM3 Education & Outreach Trust to support initiatives that raise awareness of and support members in the early stages of a career in the materials cycle.


Blog | Opinion pieces

Materials World

SEC Committee members contribute to Materials World

Features from Materials World for students & early career professionals


IOM3 Investigates....

In each episode of our podcast series, we're joined by industry experts to take a deeper look into issues of relevance to professionals working in materials, minerals and mining sectors.

Investigate the podcast episodes

SEC Events

  • Free

7th Postgraduate Research Symposium on Ferrous Metallurgy

One-day conference for researchers working on the latest developments in ferrous metallurgy

  • Free

CSci in a Day

Mentoring workshop to support IOM3 members with the requisite experience to achieve Chartered Scientist status.

  • Free

CPD Workshop

Mentoring workshop to support IOM3 members with Continuous Professional Development.


SEC Group events available to watch now

Art Lecture

Professional Development

Road to Chartership

SEC Group News

Member Networks

IOM3 has a long-standing group supporting members at the start of their career - formerly the Younger Members' Committee and now known as the Student and Early Career Committee. We also have member networks bringing together people who may be in an under-represented group in our profession. Our member networking groups are listed below.

Members of IOM3 (logged in) can join these member networks to keep up to date with their activities.


Representing the views and interests of younger members and those at an early career stage.

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Raising awareness and providing support for IOM3 members with disabilities.


Promoting equality of ethnic minorities within the materials, minerals and mining industries.


Raising awareness and supporting equality of opportunity for LGBT+ identifying IOM3 members.


Championing women in our profession and supporting women in their careers.


IOM3 provides you with a host of networking opportunities through our technical interest community groups, local societies, member networking and career support groups. Getting involved by volunteering on our boards and committees, or in membership peer-review activities is also a rewarding way to join our active member community.

Member benefits include:

  • Access to technical community networks across all IOM3 disciplines
  • Access to events organised by Affiliated Local Societies in the UK and overseas
  • Member networking groups such as the Women in Materials, Minerals and Mining Group and Student and Early Career Group
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Technical Communities

IOM3 Technical Communities focus on all aspects of materials science, technology and engineering; mining, minerals and exploration; and materials applications from nanotechnology to construction

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Member Networks

Supporting our members in their careers

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Local Societies

IOM3 has a network of affiliated local societies throughout the UK.

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International societies

IOM3 has a number of affiliated societies outside the UK and is also involved in collaboration with several international organisations

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Get involved

Volunteering for membership scrutineering or our technical and member activities is a great way of networking - come and join us!