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2015 MRS Spring Meeting

MRS Spring 2015 meeting


San Francisco, CA

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 San Francisco’s Moscone West convention hall, MRS Spring Meetings are essential events for discovering and presenting the very latest developments in materials research.


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. 


More Information about the meeting:

The following public outreach and professional development events are co-sponsored by the NISE Network, NSF, and the Materials Research Society Foundation

Public Outreach Center Booths

Education and Outreach Booths
Discover an MRS Community of Science Education and Outreach

  • Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby
  • Strange Matter Green Earth featuring Virtual Reality (Oculus Rift)
    New for the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting!
    Tuesday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 8
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Come learn and help inform the development of a new pioneering educational venture, Strange Matter Green Earth, being developed by the Materials Research Society and the Ontario Science Centre design team.  Meeting participants will interact with concept prototypes, including augmented and virtual reality; designed to show the positive relationship between technology innovation and society.

Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours

  • Tuesday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 8
    Moscone West, Level 2, Lobby
    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    MRS Spring Meeting attendees can explore educational outreach activities with the support of national science research centers, science museums and researchers presenting the latest Nanodays activities in materials science and nanotechnology.
    Presenters: Lawrence Hall of Science & Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
    Learn more…

Student Mixer

  • Monday, April 6
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Level, Yerba Buena Foyer
    Mingle, enjoy good food and drink and have fun exploring science!
    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.
    Presenters: Lawrence Hall of Science & Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Career Central

Professional Development

  • Workshop: Making the Most of Broadcast Media:
    Learn how to craft a brief, but impacting, news story about your work  
    Two opportunities to take part in this workshop are available:
    Monday, April 6, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3014
    Tuesday, April 7, 5 p.m. -  7 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, C1
  • Seminar: Mastering Science Presentations:
    Learn the fundamentals of sharing science
    Two opportunities to take part in this workshop are available:  
    Monday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, C1
    Wednesday, April  8, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, C1
  • Seminar: Technical Poster Design:
    Learn how to make your next poster a standout
    Two opportunities to take part in this workshop are available:
    Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, C1
    Wednesday, April 8, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, C1
  • 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 Monday, April 6, in parallel with the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco*. 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 15 participants, and applications are required. The application period ended on February 20, 2015.
    Visit for workshop outline, application forms, and the most up-to-date information about future workshops.