Younger Members

The Institute’s Younger Members group aims to showcase the work of the brightest and best under-35s working in local industry and academia. We cover industry career advice and networking and support professional development through our events and lecturing opportunities. We provide a way to deliver research impact for PhD and early career researchers from local universities to a wider public audience. We also aim to raise the profile of careers in local industries as a rewarding career options for school and university students, and to help retain graduate talent in the North East. The group is open to all members of the Institute under 35, though everyone is welcome to attend events. Over the year the group aims to organise:

  • Monthly Lectures and Socials
  • Fieldtrips throughout the year,
  • The regional heat of the Young Persons Lecture Competition (in cooperation with IOM3)
  • An annual dinner including all members of the Institute, with networking opportunities with the Newcastle University Mining School alumni,

Meetings are held once a month between October and May, starting at 6pm with networking drinks at the Bridge Hotel after the lectures.

There are various ways you can become involved in with the group and we welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer to help out. If you’d like to become a member please fill out the Institute membership form and tick the Younger Members box. We’ll keep you informed via our mailing lists, as well as via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.


The committee helps to organise the group’s events throughout the year and is currently looking for enthusiastic new members. If you would like to be involved further, please contact the Chair of the Younger Members Group at:


Recent talks have included geotechnical career advice from Dunelm Geotechnical and demonstrations of 3D printing courtesy of Durham University. We have also held a fieldtrip to outcrops in the North Pennies Ore-field and and underground trip to Nenthead Mines. Future local and international fieldtrips are currently being planned. We also aim to increase our involvement in the Institute’s annual dinner.


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