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2021 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

April 19-23, 2021
Seattle, Washington

Time and time again, "multidisciplinary" research is touted as essential to innovation. That is why, from April 19-23, 2021, researchers working in seemingly unrelated fields will gather in Seattle, Washington, to promote, share and discuss issues and developments across disciplines.

The 2021 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit is the key forum to present research to an interdisciplinary and international audience. It provides a window on the future of materials science, and offers an opportunity for researchers—from students and postdoctoral fellows, to Nobel and Kavli Prize Laureates—to exchange technical information and network with colleagues.

Call for Proposals

Submit a Proposal
Deadline: November 29, 2019

As part of the early stages of planning the program for the 2021 MRS Spring Meeting (April 19-23, 2021) in Seattle, WA, we hereby solicit proposals for symposium topics of future technical and broader impact.

Our goal is to plan a stimulating meeting that includes both new, rapidly developing topics as well as current ones of interest to the materials science and engineering community. We are seeking proposals in all areas of materials research spanning materials design, synthesis, functionalities, processing, characterization, and modeling in light of global grand challenges.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Electronics and Optics
  • Energy, Environment and Sustainability
  • Manufacturing and Prototyping
  • Materials for Health
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • Polymers, Soft Materials
  • Quantum and Nano Materials
  • Structural Materials
  • Characterization, Techniques and Tools
  • Modeling, Simulations and Data-Driven Approaches

Proposals in emerging and rapidly developing topics are encouraged including:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Machines
  • Functional and Operando Imaging
  • Magnetic Skyrmions/Spin Textures
  • Materials Modulating Stem Cells and Immune Response
  • Materials under Extreme Conditions
  • Nanocarriers, Sequence Controlled Copolymers
  • Robotics

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 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 29, 2019, via the online submittal site 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 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 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 29, 2019; suggestions received later in the meeting planning process are not guaranteed to be considered.

Meeting Chairs

  • Linyou Cao, North Carolina State University
  • Seung Min Han, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Lena Kourkoutis, Cornell University
  • Andreas Lendlein, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
  • Xiaolin Li, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory