Meetings & Events


2020 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

April 13-17, 2020
Phoenix, Arizona

Proposal submissions for the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting will be accepted through November 23, 2018.

Submit a Proposal

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the early stages of planning the program for the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting (April 13-17, 2020), we hereby solicit proposals for future technical and broader impact symposium topics.

Our goal is to plan an exciting meeting that includes both new, rapidly developing topics as well as current ones of interest to the materials science and technology community.

Topics of particular interest include:

  • applications of artificial intelligence
  • materials for neuromorphic computing
  • quantum information systems and materials
  • synthetic biology
  • energy technologies
  • materials for human machine interfaces
  • flexible electronics
  • traditional materials research topics

Broader impact programming at MRS meetings is intended to extend the influence of scientific research to the quality of life and society at large. Examples of MRS objectives leading to broader impact and the related events/action items include, but are not limited to:

  • education and training of the next generation of materials researchers
  • public outreach
  • career and professional development
  • impact of materials research on the US and global economies and the environment
  • efforts to broaden diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups

All proposals for technical or broader impact symposium programming must be submitted by November 23, 2018, via, using your MRS username and password. If you do not have a username and password, the site will enable you to create them.

This site includes easy step-by-step instructions that will help you develop your proposal into the form of a preliminary Call for Proposals (CFP). We strongly suggest that you prepare your proposal offline (see sample proposal) and transfer the information to the online submittal site. If you log into the submittal site and are unable to complete the entire proposal in a single session, all draft information will be retained on the page you've reached. The site will enable you to re-enter at a later time in order to edit or add to a previously submitted proposal. Once you have completed your proposal, please submit your proposal prior to the submission deadline date.

MRS requires a diversified group of four co-organizers with respect to gender and under-represented groups, region (international), emphasis (fundamental vs applied), and institution. Inclusion of translational research and industrial involvement is highly encouraged, as is participation of early-career/postdoc co-organizers. Note that if you have co-organized an earlier MRS symposium on your proposed topic, the MRS program development policy requires a turnover of at least two co-organizers from the most recent symposium.

Your input is extremely valuable in helping assure the breadth and topicality of the MRS meeting as well as ensuring a satisfying meeting experience. The deadline for submissions is November 23, 2018; suggestions received later in the meeting planning process are not guaranteed to be considered.

Thank you.
2020 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs

Meeting Chairs

Qing Cao
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Miyoung Kim
Seoul National University

Rajesh Naik
Air Force Research Laboratory

James M. Rondinelli
Northwestern University

Hong Wang
Southern University of Science and Technology