As Materials World goes to press, the new IOM3 system for managing our member and contacts data is in the process of being configured and a new Member Portal is being set up. The new integrated system will replace the current legacy membership database. We are due to make the changeover at the end of January after a period of intensive testing when we return after the Christmas break.
Our 150th Anniversary year is drawing to a close and, looking back over the months, it is clear that 2019 has been an extremely busy and productive time for IOM3. These activities have been captured in a short video which can be viewed on IOM3 TV. There have also been a variety of important changes and developments that mark a new start for us.
Taylor and Francis has recently announced it has partnered with four other publishers to introduce Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) – a new, free to use programme that enables faster access for researchers to the published journal articles they need.
Since around the 1990s, the IOM3 information services team has been working hard on gathering research into women who made their mark in materials and minerals and who were part of the Institute’s long-standing history dating back 150 years. IOM3 is pleased to have now feature eight inspiring females on the Heritage Stairway based at the IOM3 London office.
IOM3 is pleased to have appointed Margaret Copland, CEng, CSci, FIMMM Senior Wells & Technology Manager at the Oil and Gas Authority and a board member of the Oil and Gas Division as the Vice Chair of the IOM3 Technology Communities Board.
The UK government has recently set out two ambitious and long-term strategic objectives, namely the 25-year environmental action plan and a commitment for the UK to be zero net carbon by 2050. This conference critically examines these two challenges, with an emphasis on rigorous systems thinking and numerical estimates.
On 12 November, IOM3 held its first Technology Communities Board Annual Forum in London. The aim of the forum was to introduce technical communities and divisional chairs to the Strategic Advisors and for the various IOM3 divisions to share best practices, challenges and to help shape the Institute’s events calendar going forward.