Focus on Sustainability (FoS) is an MRS initiative led by the Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee and designed to raise the awareness of the nexus between materials, materials research, and sustainable practice. Meeting the challenges of sustainable development requires an integrated approach that places materials science in the context of societal, environmental, and economic drivers. MRS is helping its members discover the valued role of sustainable materials practices to a sustainable world. The Society also seeks to develop members' technical expertise and understanding of the complex interrelationships between materials science and other disciplines.
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Two MRS awards recognize members for their work in developing sustainable energy solutions and advancing materials science and technology through education, communication and engagement. The MRS Nelson "Buck" Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy recognizes the development of novel sustainable solutions for the realization of renewable sources of energy. The MRS Impact Award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communication, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement.
These panel events, co-organized by the MRS Energy & Sustainability Journal and the MRS Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, convened top experts to discuss scientific, technological and sociological complexities relating to energy, the environment and sustainability.
MRS has programs dedicated to outreach. MRS is committed to engaging the public in materials science and sustainability issues. Learn more about outreach programs.
Learn more about MRS's publications that focus on sustainability issues, including the textbook, Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, MRS Energy & Sustainability, special issues of MRS Bulletin, and the Energy Quarterly section of MRS Bulletin.
Learn more about special events related to sustainability, including the Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050 Panels and special forums held during MRS Spring and Fall Meetings, and the 2011 World Materials Summit.
Make professional contacts via the MRS LinkedIn subgroup, Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development, which addresses materials research challenges to meet global energy and environmental needs for sustainable development.
Sustainability—The MRS Spring and Fall Meetings typically include a cluster symposia focused on topics related to sustainability and energy. Learn more about the sustainability-related symposia by viewing calls for papers, programs and abstracts, proceedings and virtual presentations from these sessions.
Energy—The MRS Spring and Fall Meetings typically include a cluster symposia focused on topics related to sustainability and energy. Learn more about the energy-related symposia by viewing calls for papers, programs and abstracts, proceedings and virtual presentations from these sessions.
At MRS Spring and Fall Meetings, MRS TV highlights MRS' sustainability programs and talks to members about their sustainability interests.