IOM3 Investigates podcast

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Welcome to IOM3 Investigates, the podcast series of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining - the global network for the materials cycle. In each episode, we'll be joined by industry experts to take a deeper look into issues of relevance to professionals working in materials, minerals and mining sectors.

The latest episodes are listed below.

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Latest episode

IOM3 investigates... Black History Month: Innovation and Diversity in STEM

Release date: 29 October 2020

In this Black History Month episode, IOM3 Diversity Lead Shardell Joseph speaks to EMM3 members Nicole Lee, Senior Engineer at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Fiazal Hussain, Lead Materials Engineer at Baker Hughes and guest speaker Christopher Jackson, Geology Professor at Imperial College London.

They highlight the successes of black achievement and the obstacles black scientists have faced in the past, while also discussing the climate in STEM today for ethnic minorities and what obstacles exists at present – analysing how far we have come and what still needs to be done.


Past episodes

IOM3 investigates... Getting Greener Steel

Release date: 2 October 2020

In this episode, IOM3 CEO Colin Church speaks to Brian Edy, Director of the Steels and Metals Institute at Swansea University and Chris McDonald, CEO at the Materials Processing Institute about decarbonising the Steel Industry

IOM3 investigates... Together, We Recycle 

Release date: 23 September 2020

In this episode, IOM3 CEO Colin Church speaks to Pat Jennings, Head of Policy, Knowledge and External Affairs at CIWM, and Patrick Mahon, Strategic Assistant to the CEO at WRAP about the importance of recycling in the UK and why it really matters.

IOM3 investigates... The Mary Rose

Release date: 21 August 2020

This week Katherine Williams (Head of Content at IOM3) speaks exclusively to Eleanor Schofield from The Mary Rose Trust and Giannantonio Cibin from Diamond Light Source about what processes and techniques have been used as part of ongoing conservation on The Mary Rose.

IOM3 investigates... The Environment, Part 4: Can we be Sustainable without Plastics?

Release date: 31 July 2020

This week we are joined by Sarah Greenwood (University of Sheffield / Packaging Consultant) and Sally Beken (KTN / UKCPN) to discuss the role plastics play in modern society and whether or not we can really be both plastic free and sustainable?

IOM3 investigates... Future Energy and the UK Energy Mix

Release date: 17 July 2020

In Episode 4 of IOM3 Investigates, Katherine Williams (Head of Content at IOM3) speaks with the Right Honourable Charles Hendry CBE about the future energy mix.


IOM3 Investigates... The Environment, Part 3: E-waste, Materials Recovery & Pyrometallurgy 

Release date: 3 July 2020

TIn our newest instalment of IOM3 Investigates... The Environment, Colin is joined by Susanne Baker (Associate Director at TechUK) and Chris Oldroyd (Founder and CEO of Inprotec Ltd) to find out more about how Electrical and Electronic Equipment is recycled and what is needed to create a Circular Economy for EEE.

IOM3 Investigates... The Environment, Part 2: Design for End of Life 

Release date: 19 June 2020

This week we're joined by Adam Read (External Affairs Director at Suez Recycling and Recovery UK) and Linda Barron (Co-founder of Barron Gould, and founding partner of MaDE) as we discuss 'Design for End of Life' - the importance of better product design choices to enable a more sustainable and circular economy.

IOM3 Investigates... The Environment, Part 1: Sustainable Packaging 

Release date: 5 June 2020

In our first episode of IOM3 Investigates, we speak to Professor Margaret Bates, Executive Director at On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) about sustainable packaging.