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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.

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.

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 merged with the Institute of Packaging in 2005, the Institute of Clay Technology in 2006 and incorporated the activities and membership of the Institute of Wood Science in 2009 and the Institute of Vitreous Enamellers in 2010.

In 2019, IOM3 celebrated a major milestone in its history - 150 years since the formation of the Iron and Steel Institute – with a series of commemorative events and activities. A timeline of the mergers that took place over the course of the Institute's history, resulting in IOM3 as we know it today, was published and created as a commemorative artwork that is on display in our London building.

The Institute is a body incorporated by Royal Charter and a charity registered in England & Wales (269275) and in Scotland (SC050586). Patron: HM The Queen. A new governance structure has been in place since November 2019.

The Institute has offices in two UK locations in London and Grantham. We offer a selection of professional meeting spaces available for hire in both locations.

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Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)