About the Forum


International organization for materials science based on a global network of collaborative research

In June 2005, the first international meeting of directors of national materials research institutes was held at NIMS, Japan, with the participation of presidents of 15 material research institutes from 8 countries. In this meeting, the establishment of the World Materials Research Institutes Forum (WMRIF) was declared. WMRIF is an organization to develop a worldwide network of materials research institutes. To date 50 institutes from all continents are members of WMRIF. It supports innovations in the field of materials research through mutual information exchange and shared use of research facilities. Further, it serves as a forum for lively discussions on global strategies related to future materials science. From 2011 to 2015,  WMRIF  was led by the Vice President of BAM the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Since 2015 WMRIF Presidency and Secretariat is with the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), USA.


What We Want

Challenges for WMRIF

We want to promote material strategies in order to address environmental and energy issues.  WMRIF is committed to accelerate the establishment of a structure to achieve these objectives based on global networking.

WMRIF has determined the following items as its main emphases:

  • Creation of a research resources map for collaborations
  • Joint creation of a technology outlook
  • Education and training for early career scientists
  • Shared use of databases
  • Collaboration in research

International strategies by global research institutes for material science targeting the sustainable development of society

Increased concerns about environmental and energy issues have been shown around the world in recent years. While versatile solutions are being discussed, ecological solutions based on the development of new materials and new manufacturing engineering are attracting public attention. Giving consideration to this situation, WMRIF is accelerating its efforts to introduce a mechanism that ensures timely R & D of new materials that can be a key to establishing a sustainable society.