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Public Outreach Center—Focus on Sustainability, Impact of Materials on Society

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Sunday through Thursday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub—Hall D

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Public OutreachA woman talks with two men at the Public Outreach Center

The Materials Research Society is playing a major role in bringing the education, research and industrial communities together at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting.

Join us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers. Find out how you can participate as we bring the science of materials to the general public.

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


New for the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting!

Communicating Science to Nonspecialists—Science Communication Workshop
This session is a proven model for scientists to engage in public and face-to-face interactions with group activities, discussions and lectures. It is designed to increase confidence in scientists while communicating their work and to become part of a community of researchers who share an interest in science outreach and engagement. Limited capacity – RSVP Required.

Effective Public Policy Engagement Strategies for Researchers Workshop
This interactive workshop will provide an essential introduction to the policy making process through the lens of the U.S. federal government, while providing specific steps researchers can take to engage policy stakeholders and articulate the policy implications of their work. Limited capacity – RSVP Required.

Faculty and Education Directors from the National Science Foundation’s network of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) will be available to answer your questions about the program and demonstrate interactive outreach activities.

Stop by the Science in Video (SciVid) Competition display to view the finalists and learn how you can vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—Practical Solutions to Tackle Climate Change
Our ability to achieve an energy-efficient, low-emissions future will depend on significant materials advances over the coming decades. The MRS Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, MRS Energy & Sustainability journal and the organizers of Symposia BI01, ET14 and NM04 will convene top experts to discuss the role of materials science and broader socioeconomic aspects in developing practical solutions to tackle climate change.


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 Focus on Sustainability 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 the 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.


National Science Foundation Sustainability Information Booth

National Science Foundation logoMonday, November 26 – Wednesday, November 28
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Division of Materials Research (DMR) supports experimental and theoretical research, their interplay with each other and with data, over a broad range of subfields. These include condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, electronic and photonic materials, metals and metallic nanostructures, polymers, ceramics and biomaterials. Informational material will be available at the booth about the National Science Foundation, funding opportunities, how to write a successful proposal, diversity and sustainability. Stop by the booth and learn more from NSF representatives.

The Division of Materials Research will host a “Meet DMR Program Directors” event on Tuesday and Wednesday at the National Science Foundation Sustainability Information Booth in The Hub. Learn more »


Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

NSF MRSEC logo 2017

MRSECs support the integration of research and education, and the development of effective education/outreach activities, leveraging participant expertise and interest while addressing local and national needs. They promote partnerships with industry and international institutions, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and state and local governments to strengthen their links with university-based research and education.

Representatives from the network of MRSECs will be at the NSF Sustainability Information Booth Monday through Wednesday to answer your questions about the program and demonstrate various outreach activities.


Science in Video Competition

SciVid Logo

This fall, Science in Video accepted submissions of short videos about a wide range of materials science topics that are intended to teach, amaze and amuse a broad audience. During the Fall Meeting, SciVid will spotlight the finalists from the fall competition and ask MRS Members to help select the People’s Choice Award.  Stop by the Public Outreach Center to learn more about the competition and how you can vote. All awards will be announced on Wednesday on The Hub Stage, 3:00 pm.

Additional viewing stations with voting instructions are placed at five locations in the Sheraton Hotel and Hynes Convention Center.  Learn more about the SciVid Competition.