West of England metals and materials association

The WEMMA Committee is preparing the programme for 2022-2023 (with some details TBC). The next talk is Professor Mark DENNIS, University of Birmingham on 'What is topological design ?'.

We have uploaded recordings of recent talks: Prof Eleanor SCHOFIELD on 'Conservation of the Mary Rose', Prof Adam PERRIMAN on 'Synthetic biological material' and Terry REES-PEDDLAR, BAE Systems on 'REACH !''.

From last year's programme we have uploaded: Dr Robin OAKLEY's talk, 'In space no one can hear the materials engineer scream...'; Prof Adam CREWE's talk on 'The seismic testing facilities at Bristol University'; Dr Peter MORGAN's & Dr Jeff SARGENT's talk on sunflower science, 'Sunflower science' with slides at 'Sunflower science - Slides'; slides from Dr Simon CHURCH's talk on the implications of REACH legislation and environmentally friendly alternatives to hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen are at 'Green is the new yellow'; and the talk by David Peter SMITH on 'The People's Mosquito'.

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