West of England metals and materials association

The next online event is Chiral materials by Dr Jessica WADE, Imperial College. on 12 July 2023. We are making arrangements for the WEMMA summer event, a visit to The Royal Mint Experience, Llantrisant on Saturday 12 August 2023; to take part, let us know via the Contact WEMMA form. We're making arrangements which will cover travel.

We have uploaded recordings 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'.

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.

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.

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, and 2021-2022