Since 1983 E-MRS has held a Spring Meeting and in 2002 established a second annual conference, the Fall Meeting, held in September in Warsaw, and has strongly supported the establishment of institutions and been an active participant in various committees and projects as outlined below.
The major society conference, the E-MRS Spring Meeting, is organized every year in May or June and offers on average 25 topical symposia. It is widely recognized as being of the highest international significance and is the largest of its kind in Europe with about 2,500 attendees every year. Each symposium publishes its own proceedings that document the latest experimental and theoretical understanding of material growth and properties, the exploitation of new advanced processes, and the development of electronic devices that can benefit best from the outstanding physical properties of functional materials.
Since 2002, E-MRS has organized an annual Fall meeting in Warsaw, Poland which provides another opportunity for scientist in Central and Eastern Europe to become involved in the work of the E-MRS. The Fall Meeting offers the same high quality scientific platform as the Spring meeting and is growing in international involvement.
European Materials Forum & MatSEEC
E-MRS became increasingly aware of the fragmentation of the material community. In 2008, E-MRS took the initiative to bring the community by establishing the European Materials Forum (EMF). The forum promotes discussions about the research areas most likely to provide long term economic benefits to the European Union.
When consensus is reached, the Forum’s goal is to inform the appropriate EU authorities of these research avenues so they may be pursued. E-MRS, as a leading member of the Forum, initiated a formal approach to the European Science Foundation (ESF) with the objective that the ESF establish a new expert committee for materials. This expert committee, with the acronym MatSEEC is funded by the various national members of the Foundation, and held its initial meeting in October 2009. E-MRS and EMF are subscribing members and have representatives who serve on the committee.
European Institute of Technology
E-MRS welcomed the proposal by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to establish the European Institute of Technology (EIT), but recognized that many aspects needed careful consideration. E-MRS campaigned for the Commission to undertake a prefiguration programme to establish the optimum structure for governance of the proposed institute. The Commission accepted the need for further study and funded four projects to help formulate policy prior to the formal establishment of the EIT. E-MRS was a partner in one of these projects identified as ComplexEIT.
The E-MRS role in the ComplexEIT project was to integrate research ideas at leading European Universities. Since the world wide contacts of E-MRS have shown that European Research is on a par with world standards, but the industrial and commercial exploitation is not fully realized, universities were chosen by their record of research exploitation as determined by the development of spin-off companies. Once those were chosen and established, the E-MRS would then propose an optimum program for implementation in the EIT.
World Materials Summit
Distinguished scientists, governmental officials and entrepreneurs from all over the world are invited to present the current industrial status, recent research achievements, and government policies in the field of advanced materials for energy application and to discuss the development policies and the future of these materials.
E-MRS organised the inaugural World Materials Summit in conjunction with MRS and C-MRS in Lisbon under the auspices of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU in 2007. The Summit conferences have been established as a biennial event: the 2009 Summit was held in China and the 2011 in Washington DC. The next event will be held in October 2013 in Strasbourg (France).