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Ceramics Society - mission


The Ceramics Society exists to provide a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge and state-of-the-art industrial practice on all aspects of ceramic activity within the UK.


The Society functions via three independent committees; these are: Cementitious Materials, Ceramics Science and the International Clay Technology Association (ICTa) and also has close links with the Society of Glass Technology (SGT).  It acts as a focal point for information dissemination to IOM3 members who wish to be informed of forthcoming events and opportunities. The Ceramic Society also plays an active role in the European Ceramic Society and interacts more generally on the wider international scene, especially with the International Ceramic Federation (ICF).
Note: As a result of ongoing structural change within the industry, the Whitewares, and Refractories and Industrial Ceramics Committees had become inactive and were disbanded in 2012.  However we are VERY interested in hearing from anyone who would like to take the initiative in creating new activity in these or any other ceramic-related fields


The Ceramics Society will:

  1. Raise the profile of the subject area of ceramics within the UK by publicising its activities to as wide a range of interested parties as possible, including the media or the press where appropriate, both at a local and a national level.
  2. Encourage and coordinate the activities of the Technical Committees and other groups within its area of responsibility. This will stimulate and maintain an ongoing balanced programme of activities on ceramics-related subjects.
  3. Retain and develop existing links with other sub-groups in IOM3, putting on appropriate meetings which reflect areas of importance across the whole field of ceramics in order to maintain the vibrancy of the subject as a whole and meet the needs of members in this area. Also new links will be developed with IOM3 sub-groups in different (but related) disciplines, in topics which are emerging due to new developments in technology.
  4. Play an active role in the encouragement of ceramics activity within schools and higher education establishments in the UK. This will include participation in the IOM3 schools programme, playing a supportive role in both teaching and research activities in universities and related higher educational establishments, and promoting the development of industrial-academic collaborations.
  5. Encourage training and professional development and put in place new provisions to meet future training needs.
  6. Link in with existing and emerging sectors of UK industry (especially SMEs) where ceramics is involved, perhaps as a minor part. Acting as a supplier of information is an important role in these situations, and this will be done via organisations such as the Knowledge Transfer Network.
  7. Develop and maintain a Ceramics webpage as part of the main IOM3 website with appropriate links to the various constituent committees and groups which the Society comprises. The web page will be used to inform members of new developments and also of the complete range of meetings and activities put on by the different groups encompassed by the UK Ceramics fraternity.
  8. Provide a response on behalf of the Institute to Government requests for information or feedback on issues in the field of ceramics, which may be in the form of routine enquiries or as part of proposed new government initiatives.
  9. Link in and develop relationships with all stakeholders (including relevant professional bodies) on ceramics-related topics which have strong current political and international interest. Such topics currently include sustainability, energy, recycling and environmental issues.
  10. Link in with the European Ceramic Society and other relevant European materials organisations, in order to represent the UK perspective on issues which are topical in the European scene. The society will also play a similar part in international affairs, especially in the activities of the International Ceramic Federation.


Following the formation of the Institute of Materials in 1993, the Institute of Ceramics became the Ceramics Industry Division of the Institute of Materials, operating via five committees - Building Materials, Ceramics Science, Refractories/Industrial Ceramics, Cement & Concrete and Whitewares. In 2003, discussions with the Institute of Clay Technology led to the latter (under the modified designation of the International Clay Technology Association, ICTa) merging with the Ceramics Industry Division to form the Ceramics and Building Products Division of IOM3. In 2008, it was decided that the name Ceramics and Building Products Division needed to be changed to reflect better both the industrial and the academic sectors of the ceramics community in IOM3 to work together side by side in a more effective way. Thus the Division was renamed the Ceramics Society. The original 5 committees remained broadly similar in their spheres of activity, although the Cement & Concrete Committee was renamed the Cementitious Materials Committee to encompass the increased scope of activity in their field more effectively. Then, in 2012, the decision was reluctantly taken to disband the Whitewares, and Refractories and Industrial Ceramics Committees since they had become inactive. It is very much hoped that one day these Committees, or others, will form and take their place within the Ceramics Society community.