Excellently supported by staff of the Swiss EMPA the 5th WMRIF
General Assembly was held at Dübendorf and accompanied by the symposium Materials meet Life in St. Gallen,
The WMRIF General Assembly welcomed Dr. William Goldstein Deputy Director for Science and Technology of the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as new Vice-President of WMRIF in the
Presidential Board. Dr. Laurie Locascio, Director of the Materials Measurement Laboratory of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona, CEO of the
Swiss Empa were welcomed as Guests to the Presidential Board.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) and CanmetMATERIALS (Canada) were accepted as 49thand
The General Assembly discussed a strategy paper 10 Trends in Materials Science and
Technology, presented by WMRIF-President, Prof. Böllinghaus. Upon the comments from the General Assembly it will be refined and made available on this website.
Round table discussions were introduced by experts in these fields and went into details on four themes:
and benefit of cooperation/merging of institutes
Moderator: Prof. S. Ushioda (NIMS)
criteria of scientific output
Moderator: Dr. Goldstein (LLNL)
technology transfer to industry
Moderator: Prof. S. B. Kang (KIMS)
scientific results to policy making
Moderator: Dr. Lexow (BAM)
Some of the ideas presented may be summarized with the statements:
institutes critical size (if small) and manageability (if big) have to be of major relevance.
is essential for benefitting from complementary capabilities.
results from research to industry and application is essential.
showing (peer reviewed) number of publications are valuable but not sufficient for the assessment of the quality and success of work.
influence of research has also to be assessed in personalized interviews, feedback from industry and other potential users of research results, number of patents and backflow of resources via
Forthcoming events are:
Materials Scientist Workshop, July 2014, NIST, USA
General Assembly and Symposium, May/June 2015, LLNL, USA
Materials Scientists Workshop, Asia or Europe
General Assembly and Symposium, Asia
Symposium Materials meet Life
The symposium Materials
meet Life focused on four major themes:
challenges for protection – Environment and Health
safety and risk assessment
As can be expected from a symposium of a materials forum the lectures highlighted the materials issues, here in the context of interaction with the living environment. Particular attention
was given to needs for standardization, reference materials and reference procedures, summarizing the topics included:
Microfluidics to Macro-Implants
Tissue-Regeneration to artificial Skin
Nanomaterials to Environmental Questions
Techniques (Dip Coating, Inkjet Printing of Tissue)