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IOM3 Student & Early Career Committee: Get involved!

The Role of the Student & Early Career Committee

What is the SECC and what does it do?

The SECC represents the views of student and early career* members to the Institute's Executive Boards and Advisory Council. We aim to represent the diverse range of members by ensuring Council representatives cover the different disciplines, regions and career pathways of student and early career members.

Since the Committee was founded in 1967, we have developed a range of events to encourage networking and early career members' involvement with IOM3. Our greatest successes to date include the Young Persons' Lecture Competition, Matopoly, Professional Development events and Future Materials Conference. While we have been successful in the past, we aim to provide more events in the future. These include regular informal networking opportunities, along with new skills seminars, conferences and regional events.

We also want to ensure that we are raising with Executive Board the major issues affecting younger members. To do this successfully, we need to communicate more with members and obtain feedback from events. If you have any issues that relate to IOM3, ideas for future events, or network opportunities, please contact us. We also have a Facebook page, instagram and twitter accounts.

My membership is due for renewal - why should I bother?

There are many reasons why you should remain a member of IOM3 whatever grade you are. While there are a number of economic pressures that would make you consider the membership charges, the benefits far outweigh the cost

  • Access to the online members' network and all the information online.
  • Networking opportunities at regional and national events.
  • Delegate rates for conferences and proceedings and discounts on journal subscriptions and materials titles.
  • Copies of Materials World
  • Continued Professional Development. The Institute runs events, from one-day courses on specialised areas to improving soft skills such as communication or presentation skills. These help you progress in your career and gain professional qualifications. Providing the criteria are met, you can become a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council, and a Chartered Scientist with the Science Council.

More on Professional qualifications

Student & Early Career Committee member duties & responsibilities


  • Represent the interests of student and early career* within IOM3
  • Organise events aimed at student and early career members
  • Represent IOM3 externally
  • Provide support/advice to student and early career members on Institute matters

The Committee holds 3 face-to-face meetings per year. It is expected that Committee members should be able to attend at least one of these meetings. Appreciating the members' work commitments, if you are unable to attend the meeting, we expect you to go through the agenda and supply your ideas and thoughts so these can be included in the discussion and trust the ones attending on their judgement. Failure to attend or provide feedback for three consecutive meetings will result in the Committee reviewing membership.
Each member is expected to be an active participant in one of the Committee's activities. 

* The Institute defines 'early career' as meaning someone who is, as of 1 September 2020 (and allows for career breaks, e.g. parental leave):

  1. within 10 years of the start of their first employment (or self-employment) in a materials, minerals or mining related role, or
  2. within 6 years of completing their PhD (in a relevant subject), whichever is sooner.

Note - the 10 years from the start of their first employment would not normally include any apprenticeships (or equivalent training scheme).