SMEA is the voice of the materials community in South Yorkshire. Affiliated to IOM3, it has its origins back to 1894 and one of the largest regional memberships in IOM3. The Association has an extensive programme of activities to keep its members abreast of new innovations in the materials world centred on its lecture programme. It actively encourages the development of young materials scientists through travel bursaries and prizes for academic achievement. In addition it promotes and assists local science based trusts and museums to ensure the history of science in the Sheffield region is developed. The Association extends a warm welcome to non-members to all its events.