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Your institute needs you

Institute of Refrigeration secretary Miriam Rodway sums up work that has been carried out during the year and calls for fresh blood

The Institute of Refrigeration depends on volunteers to make everything happen, from events to technical papers, all of its outputs are generated and managed by the members. It is estimated about 70 members are involved in the committees that generate all this work and around 50 companies big and small support these members. But more than this, the technical publications, networking events and discussions bring together a wide range of people, from service engineers to heat pump installers, technical managers, managing directors, editors, trainers, consultants and students. 

This month, the IOR offers its thanks to all those who have worked so hard to sustain and grow their professional association this year. At the same time, we would extend the invitation to anyone who thinks they might be able to take part in next year’s activities. These are all detailed on the IOR website at www.ior.org.uk or more information can be obtained from the office on 0208 647 7033. 

Some ways in which you can get more out of your institute include:

·        Join a committee Working groups of members such as the Service Engineers Section and Air Conditioning Institute in particular are looking for individuals who can suggest topics for the practical technical bulletins issued every three months. Come along to one of our quarterly management panel meetings and take part in the discussion and drafting to see if this is for you.

·        Offer a paper Do you have an interesting case study that overcame engineering challenges or broke new ground? Or maybe you were involved in a piece of practical research that will help shape refrigeration technology in the future.

Why not write this up and present it to IOR members as part of our monthly paper sessions? The papers committee is inviting possible contributors to send in outlines of up to 500 words, plus some brief information about the authors, by the end of January.

·        REAL Zero This is a key IOR initiative that continues to gain momentum (see www.realskillseurope.com). If you haven’t explored the free guidance notes and tools yet but are looking for some practical training on how you can help customers reduce refrigerant leakage, come along to one of the new REAL Zero REAL Skills training days being organised next year, starting 24 January, and gain IOR CPD certification. Details will be on the website soon.

·        The annual dinner Next year will be the 113th annual dinner to celebrate the formation of the IOR. Everyone is welcome at this fun but formal dinner where you can show your support for the institute and its role in promoting the industry. The dinner takes place on 21 February at London’s Grange St Pauls Hotel. Book individual tickets or tables of 10 or 12.

·        SIRAC If you are interested in research and development then you should be a member of the SIRAC Group. The IOR-led network for Sustainable Innovation in RAC (www.sirac.org.uk) meets four times a year for tours and site visits of manufacturing facilities and university research labs, with themed presentations and an innovative networking session where you will work on key issues.

The next SIRAC meetings will be at Henry Technologies in Glasgow on 27 February and Foster Refrigerator on 18 April in Kings Lynn.

·        IOR RAC Young Engineers Network For those who are new to the industry, recent graduates or students, this may be just the thing. Formed last year by IOR council member Dr Ina Colombo, the network has had two meetings so far this year and attracted an average of about 30 people.

The format for the half-day free event allows students to meet on a one-to-one basis some key people in the industry and gain insights into the breadth of the sector, while making valuable business contacts.

·        Executive council For those people who are already strong supporters of the IOR and have a real interest in its future direction, the institute is inviting members to join the executive council.

This is the board of trustees of the charity and is responsible for its management, strategy and for satisfying its charitable objectives to promote the advancement of refrigeration for the public good. Lots of information about the role of councillors and what you will gain from taking part, as well as the legal obligations of trustees, is available from the secretary. But don’t delay, as the deadline to submit your application for council is 31 December.

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