IOM3 Younger Members' Committee: Get involved!

The Role of the Younger Members' Committee

What is the YMC and what does it do?

The YMC represents the views of the younger members (normally under the age of 35) to the Institute's Boards and Council. We aim to represent the diverse range of members by ensuring Council representatives cover the different disciplines, regions and career pathways of younger members.

Since the Committee was founded in 1967, we have developed a range of events to encourage networking and younger members' involvement with IOM3. Our greatest successes to date include the Young Persons' Lecture Competition, Matopoly and Schools Conferences. While we have been successful in the past, we aim to provide more events in the future. These include regular informal networking opportunities, along with new skills seminars, conferences and regional events.

We also want to ensure that we are raising with Council the major issues affecting younger members. To do this successfully, we need to communicate more with members and obtain feedback from events. If you have any issues that relate to IOM3, ideas for future events, or network opportunities, please contact us. We also have a Facebook page, a twitter account and you can always meet your representative face-to-face at local society events.

My membership is due for renewal - why should I bother?

There are many reasons why you should remain a member of IOM3 whatever grade you are. While there are a number of economic pressures that would make you consider the membership charges, the benefits far outweigh the cost

  • Access to the online members' network and all the information online.
  • Networking opportunities at regional and national events.
  • Delegate rates for conferences and proceedings and discounts on journal subscriptions and materials titles.
  • Copies of Materials World
  • Continued Professional Development. The Institute runs events, from one-day courses on specialised areas to improving soft skills such as communication or presentation skills. These help you progress in your career and gain professional qualifications. Providing the criteria are met, you can become a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council, and a Chartered Scientist with the Science Council.

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Younger Members' Committee member duties & responsibilities


  • Represent the interests of younger members within IOM3 (normally under 35)
  • Organise events aimed at younger members
  • Represent IOM3 externally
  • Provide support/advice to younger members on Institute matters

3-4 face-to-face meetings per year. It is expected that Committee members should be able to attend at least one of these meetings. Appreciating the members' work commitments, if you are unable to attend the meeting, we expect you to go through the agenda and supply your ideas and thoughts so these can be included in the discussion and trust the ones attending on their judgement Failure to attend or provide feedback for three consecutive meetings will result in the Committee reviewing membership.

Each Committee member is expected to be an active participant in one of the 'focus groups' on events, student newsletters and communications.

Committee members are expected to submit a feature for Materials World.