2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Public Outreach Center

Tuesday, April 23 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 24 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E—Exhibit

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Public Outreach

The Materials Research Society is playing a major role in bringing the education, research and industrial communities together at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting.

Join us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas, seminars and workshops to engage current and future materials scientists and engineers. Find out how you can participate as we partner to bring the science of materials to the general public, explore the topics of sustainable practices and the impact of society on materials science, education and outreach.

In addition to visiting the Public Outreach Center, interact with educators, scientists and students at our hands-on activities during the Student Mixer, Poster Sessions and Coffee Breaks.

New for the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting!

Join educators from Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Princeton University Center for Complex Materials/PRISM as they present engaging educational activities designed to help inform and educate young children and the general public about materials science and sustainability and their personal relevancy in everyday life.

A new half-day workshop, Communicating Science to Public Audiences—Science Communication Workshop, will be presented Monday afternoon, designed to increase confidence in scientists as they communicate their work and become part of a community of researchers who share an interest in science outreach and engagement. 

Many sustainability initiatives focus on technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. In the Interactive Workshop—Designing Sustainability into Materials Research, you will learn to expand the definition of sustainability to include aspects that limit sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—Incentivizing a Zero-Waste Future, an interactive, moderated panel discussion, will be held on Tuesday evening. This special program will include audience Q&A as well as real-time audience polling, so bring your smartphone and be ready to participate in this provocative session.


Focus on Sustainability

Focus on Sustainability logoRaising Awareness of the Nexus Between Materials Research and Sustainable Materials Practice
Do you have a specific interest in sustainability? Stop by the booth. Your Meeting destination for information on all things sustainable, including research, funding, education, public outreach, corporate social responsibility and MRS Meeting activities and publications. Visit MRS Sustainability Resources for more information.

Impact of Materials on Society

IMOS LogoIncreasing Science and Social Literacy
Are you searching for an introductory Materials Science course that will hook your students? Impact of Materials on Society is an undergraduate course developed through a partnership between the University of Florida faculty and MRS scientists and engineers. Stop by the IMOS Booth to view the new curriculum materials, videos and online course.

MRS Community of Science Education & Outreach

Learn more about the MRS Public Outreach Committee
MRS is committed to promoting the study of materials research to students, as well as furthering an understanding of the principles of materials science to society at large. Learn more about additional MRS education outreach programs, such as Strange Matter, NISE Network and the NOVA Making Stuff series.