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protection, and major in the practical application, to include addressing any specific finishing issues. The Institute is built around regional groups and technical and operational committees who report into a management board. For more information on any of the education and training courses discussed, please contact David Meacham at the IMF Birmingham office. Both the Southern branch and the Irish branch have very active committees and both organise day or evening seminars and training programmes with member companies. The Sheffield and North East branch are best known for their excellent spring dinner dance, an annual event not to be missed. The Institute have already commenced planning of our next major conference, IMFair18, which is scheduled to take place in September 2018 at the Chateau Impney hotel in Droitwich. IMFair18 will follow the successful format of previous events within this series of conferences, and will feature technical presentations on materials finishing and surface engineering within a number of industries to include automotive and aerospace. Alongside the conference will run an exhibition of companies supplying materials and services to our industry, giving delegates an opportunity to discuss any finishing issues and new technologies with the exhibitors or through networking with fellow delegates. The Institute welcomes suggestions for technical papers from both companies and academia in the materials finishing industries for presentation at IMFair18. If you are interested in offering to present, initially please submit a title and précis of a paper through Helen Wood at the IMF office. In addition to dissemination of technical information through conferences, the Institute also publishes two journals to members. Transactions of the IMF, renowned as the leading journal for surface engineering and coatings is published 6 times per year, and provides international peer-reviewed coverage of all aspects of materials finishing, surface engineering and surface functionalisation, from fundamental research to in-service applications. Aimed at members, the Institute “house magazine” IMFormation is published in alternate months to Transactions. Featuring information on the day to day activities of the Institute, it is also an ideal medium for members, particularly sustaining company members, to communicate with fellow members about innovations and other company news. twitter: @surfaceworldmag Operational committees include Science, who watch and review technology advances; Organic who are responsible for keeping abreast of developments in paints and paint finishing; Publications who manage the input into transactions and Education and Training who take responsibility for managing the training and education courses, and Exam and Qualifications who take review training examination and professional qualifications of members. Marketing and Membership, who take responsibility for engaging with potential members, and co-ordinate our marketing activities, including our web-site and conference planning. The Institute welcomes applications for membership from all professionals in the materials finishing and surface engineering industries who are keen to see the continuation of technology growth and success in these industries. Additionally companies working in these industries are invited to become Sustaining Members, and gain networking access to similarly minded companies through both IMFormation and seminars and meetings. For more information on membership, please contact David Meacham at the Birmingham office. The Institute of Materials Finishing Exeter House, 48 Holloway Head, Birmingham B1 1NQ Telephone: 0121 622 7387 Email: david@materialsfinishing.org helen@materialsfinishing.org 2017 - 2018 183