SWMA community activities
Outreach and Public Engagement
SWMA participates in local public engagement events to try and promote Materials Sicence with the local public, especially children.
We recently had a stall at Supper Scienece Sunday in the Swansea Waterfront Museum.
If you would be interested in us hosting a stall or running a workshop, please get in touch.
Young Persons' Lecture Competition
Each year the SWMA hosts a first round heat of the IOM3 national Young Persons' Lecture Competition. The aim of this is to provide an atmosphere of friendly competition for young Materials Scientists and Engineers so that their presentation skills will improve whilst addressing an informed audience. Each entrant gives a 15 minute presentation on a subject of their choice related to Materials Science or Engineering. The event is divided into two age categories and the winners proceed to the Regional Final and if successful there to the National Final. The most recent heat winners are:
2019 -James Grant
2018 - Emily Radley
2016/17- Alistair Barnes
2013/14 - Michael Agyeman
2012 - Morgan Jones
2011 - Daniel Bryant
2010 - David Eaves
2009 - Samantha Cashmore
2008 - David Warren
2007 - John Forsdike (WINNER - IOM3 National Final)
2006 - Class I : Barry Garnham, Class II : Alex Gater
2005 - Class I : Luke Mainwaring
2003 - Class II : Stephen Tuppen
2001 - Class I : Clare Wynn, Class II : Justin Searle
2000 - Class II : Justin Searle (reached IOM3 National Final)
1999 - Class I : David Jarvis, Class II : Stephen Price
1998 - Class I : Susan Powell, Class II : Carwyn Lloyd-Jones
Schools Affiliate Scheme
The South Wales Materials Association is active in supporting the Institute's Schools Affiliate Scheme, which aims to support the teaching of the materials, minerals and mining related topics in the key stage 3, key stage 4 and post-16 curriculum, and raise awareness of and promote careers in the fields of materials, minerals and mining engineering.