Plenary session

The scientific program is complemented by the plenary session, taking place on Wednesday afternoon June 20, with three outstanding speakers, Prof. Thomas Ebbesen, ISIS, Université de Strasbourg & CNRS, Prof. Michel Menu, C2RMF, Paris, France and the EU-40 Materials Prize Winner.

The program will include the ceremony to award the E-MRS 35th Anniversary prize recognizing the career contribution of a scientist to fundamental understanding of the science of materials through experimental and/or theoretical research.

This session will continue with the EU-40 Materials Prize. The latter is a prestigious prize awarded to researchers under 40 who are showing exceptional promise for leadership and have made outstanding and innovative contributions to Materials Research in Europe.

The award is reserved to researchers showing exceptional promise as leaders in the materials science having performed the research for which this prize is awarded while working in Europe. The call for application is open until February 28, 2018. More information HERE.

The presentation of the Graduate Students Awards will conclude the plenary session.



16:15 - 16:30


Welcome address

George Kiriakidis
E-MRS President


16:30 - 17:10


Light-Matter Interactions in a Material Science Perspective


Thomas Ebbesen
USIAS, University of Strasbourg & Collège de France
Paris (France)

Light-matter interactions are at the heart of stability of matter and many properties we take for granted. For instance, Van der Waals forces can arise from the coupling between molecular dipoles and electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations.  When such interactions become strong enough, a new regime arises characterized by the formation of hybrdid light-matter states. This is the so-called strong coupling regime which leads to fundamental changes in material properties. After introducing the fundamental concepts, examples of modified material properties such as conductivity, energy transport and chemical reactivity will be presented.  


17:10 - 17:50

                        Michel Menu
Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France
C2RMF - Paris (France)

17:50           EU-40 Materials Prize Winner

18:30           Graduate student awards ceremony

19:00           Social event