Terms of reference

REMIT

The Defence, Safety and Security Committee has been set up to provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of information, knowledge and state-of-the-art practice on all aspects of Defence, Safety and Security Materials.

SCOPE

The Committee will focus on all technical, educational and professional issues relating to Defence, Safety and Security Materials. These issues are relevant to Institute members linked in to many of the disciplines currently contained within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and will cover all aspects relating to production, design, fitness-for-purpose, applications, cost, and sensitivity in respect of national/personal security and safety.

ROLE

The Committee will focus on activities both within the Institute and linking in with external bodies:

•    Internally

The Committee will provide the focus in the Institute for providing information and dealing with policy issues concerning Defence, Safety and Security Materials. The Group will influence the formulation and implementation of the Institute’s policies to meet the needs of members in this sector. It will also promote the subject area of Defence, Safety and Security Materials at Institute supported events.

•    Externally

The Committee will act as the Defence, Safety and Security Materials face of the Institute to link in with industry, academia, research, trade associations, Government, UK innovation and learning infrastructure, media (via the IOM3 External Affairs Group) and conference organisations and other relevant national and international bodies. It will also promote professional activities relevant to the career development and job needs of workers in the sectors and provide the opportunity for them to enter into membership of the Institute.

STRATEGY

The Defence, Safety and Security Committee will:

1.    Raise the profile of the Institute within the defence, safety and security sectors by working across and within the Institute’s technical communities as well as with other learned bodies and external initiatives.

2.    Establish links with and work together with all appropriate sub-groups of the current technical communities of the Institute (including regional groups) which have an interest in defence, safety and security materials, putting on appropriate meetings in order to draw together and give identity to this community, whilst also providing opportunities for cross-fertilisation within these different groups.

3.    Encourage training and professional development and put in place new provisions to meet future training needs. 

4.    Develop links with all sectors of the defence, safety and security materials industry, and also with areas of academia involved with research and learning programmes in this field.

5.    Develop and maintain a microsite as part of the main Institute website, with the aim of using this to inform members of new developments and the further activities of the Defence, Safety and Security Committee.

6.    Provide a Defence, Safety and Security Materials response on behalf of the Institute either to government requests for feedback on current issues or future government initiatives.

7.    Develop and maintain relationships with related groups set up by other professional bodies in the UK, the EC (and internationally), with the two-fold objective of:

a.    Receiving informed input from organisations with specialist knowledge in areas of defence, safety and security materials not covered by the present Group.

b.    Providing up-to-date information on contemporary materials developments to other groups working in this field (including government bodies), to further the use of new and improved materials and technologies by all sectors of the defence, safety and security industries.