West of England metals and materials association

Our next event, on the evening of Thursday 15 Feb 2024, is the WEMMA heat of the IOM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition. The aim of the event is to foster an environment of friendly competition where young scientists and engineers can hone their presentation skills. It will be held at the Enderby room at the Bristol University School of Physics. Parking is available nearby at the HH Wills Physics Laboratory (BS8 1TL). We will provide pizza. For our next event, we will welcome Dr Sarah-Jane POTTS, Swansea University who will give a talk on screen-printable third-generation solar photovoltaics.

We are seeking participants. if you are 28 years old or younger on 1 June 2024 you are eligable to take part - to do so, contact us via our contact form and submit an abstract of about 150 words to the IOM3 using its online form in advance. Lectures can be up to 15 minutes long and will be followed by a five minute interactive Q&A. There are prizes of £ 150, £ 100 & £ 50 for the first three places with the winner progressing to the regional heat at the University of Bath on 15 March 2024.

We have uploaded recordings of some of our talks : Angela BUCKLEY on 'Victorian CSI', Prof Eleanor SCHOFIELD on 'Conservation of the Mary Rose', Prof Adam PERRIMAN on 'Synthetic biological material', Terry REES-PEDDLAR, BAE Systems on 'REACH !', Dr Robin OAKLEY on 'In space no one can hear the materials engineer scream...', Prof Adam CREWE on 'The seismic testing facilities at Bristol University', Dr Peter MORGAN's & Dr Jeff SARGENT's on 'Sunflower science' and David Peter SMITH on 'The People's Mosquito'.

Slides from two of the talks are avaiable at Alternatives to hexavalent chromium compounds in the context of REACH legislation and 'Sunflower science'.

About the WEMMA

The WEMMA is affiliated to Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). It aims to provide a service to all materials professionals in the West of England by organizing talks and events and providing a focus for discussions. WEMMA lectures are accredited for professional development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. On request, those attending will receive an official Professional Development Certificate for their log. The WEMMA committee is elected at the AGM.

To take forwards the success of Pablo MART├ŹNEZ PANCORBO's lectures, the WEMMA has worked with Pablo to prepare an online talk answering questions on cancer imaging and treatment with novel nanoparticles, explaining how the technology works, its potential and how it can be developed towards clinical use.

Past events

The WEMMA summer event for 2019 was a visit to the ss Great Britain.


The WEMMA 2017-2018 programme included a school's lecture on pyrotechnics.

The WEMMA 2016-2017 programme began with a talk on bamboo for construction.

Barajas Airport

The WEMMA programme for 2014-2015 ended with a meeting on Woolcool packaging.

The WEMMA summer event for 2014 was a visit to the Big Pit and the Penderyn Distillery.

Previous WEMMA programmes

Previous WEMMA programmes are saved at : 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023