2015 MRS Fall Meeting

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 to Friday, December 4, 2015
Boston, MA

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Exciting News! 
The MRS Spring Meeting relocates to Phoenix, Arizona beginning in 2016.  

We are looking forward to a new and exciting chapter in MRS Meetings!

While there are many benefits to this move, most important is the size of the Phoenix Convention Center. It will allow all meeting activities to take place “under one roof,” providing attendees easier access to multiple symposia and enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of the MRS Meeting.  In addition, Phoenix offers expanded networking opportunities with the informal science education community, especially with the Arizona Science Center and Arizona State University Center for Engagement and Training in Science & Society.  In other words, MRS will be better able to serve its members and the materials community. 

The following public outreach and professional development events are sponsored by the Materials Research Society Foundation and various partners listed below.

Public Outreach Center   

Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Public Outreach

Hynes, Level 2, The Hub — Hall D
Sunday, November 29 through Thursday, December 3
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, December 4
8:00 am – 12:00 pm  

The Materials Research Society is playing a major role in bringing the education, research and industrial communities together at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting.

Join us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers. Find out how you can participate as we bring the science of materials to the general public.

New for the 2015 Fall Meeting!

Focus on Sustainability booth at the Public Outreach Center

A new MRS initiative, designed to raise awareness of the nexus between materials research and sustainable materials practice.

Help build an MRS community of shared practice by stopping by the Public Outreach Center’s Focus on Sustainability booth in The Hub - your meeting destination for information on all things sustainable, including: research, funding, education, public outreach, corporate social responsibility, and MRS meeting activities and publications.

Do you have a specific interest in sustainability?  Stop by the booth. Meet with MRS sustainability leaders to share information and help you discover the valued role of sustainable materials practices to a sustainable world.

For more information about MRS Sustainability Resources visit:

Science Enthusiasts Website

Are you a Materials Science Enthusiast?

Stop by the Public Outreach Center to learn more about the Science Enthusiasts website and find out What’s New in Materials Science.  Learn Something, Do Something, Watch Something or Get Involved.  This is where the enthusiasm for science begins.

Strange Matter Green Earth

Experience the Power of Materials for a Sustainable World – The Stuff that Matters

Exciting Announcement!  Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM) is the first sponsor of Strange Matter Green Earth.

Stop by this booth to learn how this international traveling science exhibition will enable millions of people across the globe to explore how advances in materials can lead to a more sustainable future. Building on the incredible success of the MRS Strange Matter traveling exhibition, Strange Matter Green Earth aims to empower the world’s citizens to make sustainable choices in their own lives and communities.

Impact of Materials on Society

Increasing Science and Social Literacy

The Impact of Materials on Society is an introductory level undergraduate course developed through a partnership between the University of Florida faculty, MRS scientists and engineers, the Department of Defense and Orange Grove Press Plus. The flexible lessons and instructional videos are ideal for both formal and informal instruction. Stop by the booth and view the new video series and curriculum materials.

Strange Matter

An interactive museum exhibition and website. 

Stop by and link up with our award-winning Strange Matter website and experience interactive materials science. Discover where Strange Matter, the hands-on exhibition about materials science, has toured and see if it is coming to a location near you. Find out how you can volunteer and be a part of this dynamic highly interactive exhibition.


Imagine, Discover, and Explore a World that’s Too Small to See! 

The NISE Network selected March 26-April 3, 2016 for NanoDays 2016. Learn more about this week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science and engineering in local communities across the United States.

Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours

MRS Fall Meeting attendees can explore educational outreach activities with the support of national science museums, MRSECs and researchers presenting the latest Nanodays activities in materials science and nanotechnology.

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Foyer
Monday, November 30 through Thursday, December 3
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fun Science Stuff in the Hub   

Dazzling Diamonds and the Quantum Revolution  

Diamond is already famous for its outstanding hardness and brilliance, its thermal conductivity and biocompatibility, its density and transparency… but now diamonds are also beginning to show dazzling potential in magnetometry, optical sensing, biotechnology, and even in quantum cryptography and computing.  Learn more about these unique properties from Karine Thate, an educator from the Museum of Science, Boston.

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D
Tuesday, December 1
4:30 - 5:15 pm

  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • Center for Integrated Quantum Materials

Student Mixer

Mingle, enjoy good food and drink, and have fun exploring science! 

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Commonwealth
Monday, November 30
7:30 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m.

Come and connect with other fellow students during the Student Mixer! This is an opportunity to have some fun at various interactive science activities and network with students from around the globe!
Student ID and Meeting Badge required.

Career Central

Professional Development provided by The DOW Chemical Company and Materials Research Society Foundation

Public Speaking and Communications 
Learn the elements of how to deliver a speech, presentation or any kind of public talk with confidence and poise.
Instructor: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Two opportunities to take part in this seminar:
Sunday, November 29th 
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage – Hall D

Monday, November 30th 
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Beacon F

Poster Presentation Success  

How to Design, Prepare and Present a Winning Poster 
Instructor: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Monday, November 30th 
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Beacon F

Science Writing Workshop
Learn the techniques required to take any story—a news story, journalistic article, blog entry or profile of a scientist—to the next level with the MRS Science Writing Workshop! 

Applications were submitted prior to the meeting to attend this free, one-day writing workshop, which will be held on Sunday, November 29, in parallel with the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. The workshop will offer tips, opportunities, challenges and guidelines to help writers create a high-grade, engaging science article. By exploring various categories of journalistic science writing, they will learn writing strategies that enhance the art of storytelling. The workshop will also demonstrate questioning techniques, strategies and technical tools that improve interviewing skills.

The Science Writing Workshop is limited to 12 participants, and applications are required. The application period ended on October 13, 2015.
Visit www.mrs.org/science-writing-workshops for workshop outline, application forms, and the most up-to-date information about future workshops.

About MRS

Starting with just four symposia in 1983, the MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit has grown to over 50 symposia and over 5,000 attendees. Held annually in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, MRS Fall Meetings are essential events for discovering and presenting the very latest developments in materials research.  www.mrs.org