Smart Materials & Systems Committee - mission


The aims of the Smart Materials and Systems Committee are to:

  1. Be the focus for the Institute's activities in the field of Smart Materials and Systems.

  2. Define the Scope of the Institute's activities in this area, with particular emphasis on the materials science and engineering, materials integration, processing and structural issues of smart systems.

  3. Act as a single point within the Institute for the collation and dissemination of information to Institute Members.

  4. Identify and organise programmes of meetings with the aim of promoting awareness, education and technical and scientific advances in this field.

  5. Identify publishing and other commercial opportunities for the Institute associated with this technical area.

  6. Interact with other bodies interested in Smart Materials and Systems e.g. other Engineering Institutions, BIS, EPSRC, commercial and academic research centres, with the aim of developing joint activities.

  7. Act as a policy centre thus enabling the Institute to respond to external agencies such as government departments , industrial companies, etc.

  8. To monitor the Institute's activities in this technical area and to carry out yearly reviews of the value of this committee to the Institute's business plan.

  9. To maintain a representation of the various technologies associated with the field of smart materials and systems.

  10. To be proactive with major Government initiatives, such as Foresight.




The objectives statement of this committee will evolve as the committee's activities mature, however, the following represent the Committee's general objectives:

  1. To organise a minimum of one meeting per year, which contributes a positive surplus to the Institute's trading.

  2. Support Materials World with a series of quality, awareness and technical papers.

  3. To develop other trading activities, such as a commercial smart materials database.

  4. To establish the Institute amongst all the Engineering Institutions and Research bodies as a point of focus on Smart Materials an Systems, and to ensure that the Institute is associated with the planning of all future UK and European meetings in this field.

  5. To develop and maintain the Institute's online presence in the field of smart materials and systems.