SWMA Dinner 2019
Dr Khalil Khan
15 October 2019
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution. 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.
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 (2005) 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. In November 2010, IOM3 also embraced the activities and membership of the Institute of Vitreous Enamellers.
The South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) is part of the IOM3 and covers an area from Cardiff to as far west as Aberystwyth. On Thursday 10th Oct, SWMA organised an event hosted at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. The Waterfront Museum in itself is fascinating venue, showcasing rich history of the area from copper activities, mining and shipping heritage. The event was very well attended with representatives from Welsh Universities, Celsa Steel, TATA Steel and numerous other industries. The guest speaker Dr Rhys Charles from Swansea University had been invited to present on the very current topic of circular economy. Rhys raised some key points such as sustainability, resource management, environment including social and commercial benefits.
The event was very well organised with excellent presentations and networking opportunities in a relaxed setting. Project METaL from Swansea University offers a work based learning program towards upskilling the industrial work force so that industry can be and remain competitive globally. The project are working in collaboration with Rhys to develop a training course on the subject of Circular Economy. Please get in touch if you are interested in this or any other training.
For more on Circular Economy, please see separate blog by industrial lecturers Daryn Taylor & Farzaneh Hafezi.