Institute of Refrigeration

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Institute of Refrigeration
Abbreviation IOR
Formation 1899
Legal status
Non-profit company and registered educational and scientific charity (250081)
Purpose Supporting the UK's refrigeration industry
Location Kelvin House, 76 Mill Lane, Carshalton, Greater London (former Surrey), SM5 2JR
Region served
Membership Refrigeration scientists and engineers
Graeme Maidment
Main organ
IOR Executive Council of Trustees
Affiliations International Institute of Refrigeration, ASHRAE
Website IOR

The Institute of Refrigeration is an organisation in the UK that supports the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.


It was formed in 1899 as the Cold Storage and Ice Association, the first national society in the world for the refrigeration industry. It became the IOR in 1944 when professional membership was introduced (when certain qualifications had to be obtained). A division of the organisation, the Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Institute, was launched in 2009. In 2010 the Institute launched a short video explaining the opportunities for careers in the refrigeration industry under the title Careers in Cooling. This uses interviews with a wide range of young people working in different aspects of refrigeration and air-conditioning to explain what a rewarding career it can be. A webpage was also set up to support the video.


The Institute of Refrigeration is governed by an Executive Council which comprises the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past-President, the Honorary Treasurer and six elected members.

The current council comprises

  • President - Prof Graeme Maidment, FInstR
  • President-Elect - vacant
  • Immediate Past-President - Dr Andy Pearson, FInstR
  • Hon Treasurer - Roger Borer, FInstR
  • Elected Members - David Ball, FInstR, Dr Ina Colombo MInstR, John Emm, FInstR, Steve Gill, FInstR, Derek Moore, FInstR, John Skelton, FInstR

The work of the Institute is carried out by committees, including

  • Membership Committee - chair John Emm
  • Technical Committee - chair Dr John Morley
  • Marketing Committee - chair Dr Jolyon Thompson
  • Papers and Publications Committee - chair Andy Campbell
  • International Refrigeration Committee - chair Prof Judith Evans
  • Service Engineers Section - chair Steve Benton
  • Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Institute - chair John Ellis
  • Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning - chair Prof Graeme Maidment
  • Annual Dinner Steering Committee - chair Paul Arrowsmith
  • REAL Skills Europe steering group - chair James Bailey


It has branches covering:


The purpose of the Institute of Refrigeration is outlined in the Institute's constitution as follows:

a) The general advancement of refrigeration in all its applications, in relation both to the perfection of its methods, and to the extension of its services to the community.

b) To promote means for communication between members and their interchange of views.

c) To encourage invention and research in all matters relating to the science and practice of refrigeration.

d) To promote a sustainable approach to all aspects of refrigeration system design and operation

e) To co-operate with educational institutions for the furtherance of education in the science and practice of refrigeration.

f) To hold meetings of the Institute for reading and discussing papers dealing with refrigeration and allied subjects.

g) To publish and distribute the proceedings or reports of the Institute.

h) To do all other things, incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.

The Institute hosts monthly meetings, usually in London, when a technical paper on a topical subject is presented. The current programme of meetings can be found on the Institute's website IOR. The Institute also hosts a black-tie dinner in London, usually on the third Thursday in February. In previous years the Institute dinner was held in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel, but declining numbers in recent years prompted a move in 2009 to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden and then in 2012 to the Grange St Pauls Hotel.


There are four main grades of membership; Associate, Technician, Member and Fellow. Membership grade is based on relevant qualifications and experience in the industry and is determined by application to the membership committee.

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