More than 1250 participants took part in the 3rd MSE Congress in Darmstadt
From September 23 – 25, 2014 the lecture halls of the Technical University Darmstadt were again transformed into a congress centre and brilliantly served as the location for the “Materials Science and Engineering“ international congress. Just as it happened in 2010 and in 2012 more than 1000 scientists travelled to Darmstadt to present their research results to the scientific community.
For three whole days, scientists discussed current issues in the field of materials science and engineering in more than 50 symposia. Over 1250 participants from 46 countries took part in more than 1000 lectures.
MRS-President, Professor Dr. Oliver Kraft and DGM-President, Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Hans-Jürgen Christ held the opening speeches in the fully occupied Audimax of the TU Darmstadt. Following this, the first highlight of the congress began with the Plenary Lecture held by Professor Ludwig Schultz (IFW Dresden) entitled “High Temperature Superconductors for Superconducting Levitation“. The presentation included an entertaining and vivid demonstration of his magnetic levitation train.
The six coming plenary speeches were all held by outstanding figures of the community and emphasized the high scientific level of the MSE. In honour of Professor Ludwig Schultz a two-day honorary colloquium was held in the beautiful Staatsarchiv Darmstadt. The colloquium was organised by Jürgen Eckert and Jens Freudenberger, who invited high-quality keynote speakers and honorary guests.
From left to right: Hans-Jürgen Christ, Oliver Kraft
Guest Country Brazil
This year’s guest country was Brazil. During two days five successful German-Brazilian symposia were held at the MSE congress. This concluded with a plenary lecture held by Professor E. Zanotto (University Sao Carlos, Brazil) entitled “Glass Myths and Marvels“.
MSE-Party and Posterawards
The already legendary MSE-Party took place during the first evening of the Congress Music was performed by the icon Smiley Garfield accompanied by Anita and by the band “White Chocolate“.
During the Poster evening authors presented their 415 posters to the jury and the best three posters were awarded a prize. The MSE-Posterawards were sponsored by the publishing house “Royal Society of Chemistry“.
The first prize was awarded to the poster “Mechanical Stress-Modulated Conductivity in ZnO Varistor Ceramics“ by Michael Hofstätter (University of Leoben). In addition, a special award for young scientists was given to Dipl. Ing. Nina Stitz (University Stuttgart) and Dipl. Inform. Patrick Duchstein (University Erlangen) as part of the DFG Priority Programme 1569 “Generation of mulitfunctional inorganic materials by molecular bionics“ in the corresponding symposia (organiser: Prof. Jachim Bill, Universität Stuttgart).
The next MSE congress will take place again from September 27 – 29, 2016 in Darmstadt. We are looking forward to receive your proposals for the “Call for Symposia“: Deadline 29 June 2015!