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About IOM3

How IOM3 is governed, its structure, locations and contact information

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK science and engineering institution and a registered charity governed by a Royal Charter.

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IOM3 supports professionals in materials, minerals, mining and associated technical disciplines to become heroes of the transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient society, not villains. We seek to be the best professional membership body we can be by providing modern, flexible services, quality technical content and value for money.

Our activities promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse.




Our vision

The Institute's vision is to be recognised as the global leader for professionals involved with the materials cycle.

Our mission

Our mission is to promote the science, design, engineering and technology of materials, minerals and mining and their practical applications and facilitate qualifications, professional recognition and development, and to deliver knowledge, information and networking services to a global membership and wider community.


Governance & structure

The Institute is a body incorporated by Royal Charter and is a registered UK Charity No 269275. It is governed in accordance with its Charter and Bye-Laws.

A new governance structure has been in place since November 2019. 

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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. IOM3 has had many mergers along the way. In 2019, IOM3 celebrated a major milestone in its history - 150 since the formation of the Iron and Steel Institute – with a series of commemorative events and activities.

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Annual Report & Corporate documents

Our Annual Report for 2019, corporate documents including our Charter and Bye-Laws and other documents relating to the governance and management of IOM3 can be found here

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The Institute has offices in two UK locations: London and Grantham. We offer a selection of professional meeting spaces available for hire in both locations. Let our on-site team help your meeting, training or event run smoothly.

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Overview of our main activities

Events, Awards & Competitions

Opportunities to engage with IOM3 and benefit from networking, knowledge exchange and recognition across all disciplines

Careers & Learning

We provide a range of resources and activities to support education, training and career development

Materials World

Our flagship monthly members' magazine covering all aspects of the materials cycle.

Information services

We offer a technical enquiry service and library services to members, non-members, industry, academia and the public.


IOM3 currently accredits a large number of programmes at over 25 universities in the UK and abroad along with a number of company-based schemes

Technical Communities

IOM3 Technical Communities focus on all aspects of materials science, technology and engineering; mining, minerals and exploration; and materials applications from nanotechnology to construction.



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