Materials Society Materials Society of Cumbria affilated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining

Materials Society of Cumbria affilated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.

IOM3 was formed from the merger of the Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy in June 2002. Its roots go back to the Iron and Steel Institute which was established in 1869. It received Royal Charters in 1899 and 1975. It merged with the Institute of Packaging (2006) and the Institute of Clay Technology (2006). In the Summer of 2009 the Institute reached an agreement with the Institute of Wood Science to transfer all its members and activities to IOM3.

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MatSoc is affiliated to the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and has been in existence since 1960. Although there are over 80 IOM3 members registered in the county, the Society draws its active membership primarily from industries on the West Coast of Cumbria. In addition the Society welcomes non-IOM3 members to all its events e.g. Nuclear Institute, IMechE, RSC etc. as well as anyone with an interest in materials minerals or mining.

The Society also now works closely with The Samuel Lindow Foundation based at the UCLan campus at Westlakes Science Park, Whitehaven, in promoting its public outreach science programme.      

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