West of England metals and materials association

The WEMMA Committee has prepared the programme for 2021-2022 (with some details TBC).

We have uploaded presentions and recordings from last year's programme: a recording of Dr Robin OAKLEY's talk on materials for use in space at '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, a UK-based Citizen Science project to examine the sunflowers and their ability to repeatedly track the sun across the sky '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 at 'Green is the new yellow'; and the talk by David Peter SMITH on 'The People's Mosquito' and its aim, for the first time in more than 75 years, to build the aircraft in the UK and return it to the skies above Britain.

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

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

The WEMMA summer event for 2013 was a visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.

Rolls-Royce Pegasus

Previous WEMMA programmes

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