Public Outreach Center

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Sunday through Thursday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub—Hall D

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The Materials Research Society is playing a major role in bringing the education, research and industrial communities together at the 2017 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.

In addition to the Public Outreach Center, join us for hands-on activities at the Student/Postdoc/Industry Mixer, Hands-On Coffee Breaks and the National Science Foundation Sustainability Information Booth.


New for the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting!

Faculty and Education Directors from the National Science Foundation’s network of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) will be available to answer your questions about the program and demonstrate interactive outreach activities.

Stop by the Science in Video (SciVid) Competition display to view the finalists and learn how you can vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Materials Needs for Energy Sustainability by 2050—The Role of the Circular Materials Economy

This moderated panel event, co-organized by MRS Energy & Sustainability Journal and the MRS Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, will convene top experts to discuss the role of the circular economy in bringing about this vision, including related materials science challenges and socioeconomic and policy factors.

Stop by the Public Outreach Center to meet representatives from We Are For Science, whose members advocate to change, action, and inclusion within science.  Learn how to join their group or start one yourself.


Focus on Sustainability

Focus on Sustainability logoRaising Awareness of the Nexus between Materials Research and Sustainable Materials Practice
Do you have a specific interest in sustainability? Stop by the Focus on Sustainability booth. Your Meeting destination for information on all things sustainable, including research, funding, education, public outreach, corporate social responsibility and MRS Meeting activities and publications. Visit MRS Sustainability Resources for more information.


Strange Matter Green Earth

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e MineraҫᾶoExperience the Power of Materials for a Sustainable World—The Stuff That Matters
The international Strange Matter Green Earth traveling exhibition aims to empower the world’s citizens to make sustainable choices in their lives and communities. Learn about the exhibition’s Platinum Sponsor Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineraҫᾶo (CBMM).


Impact of Materials on Society

IMOS LogoIncreasing Science and Social Literacy
Are you searching for an introductory Materials Science course that will hook your students? Impact of Materials on Society is an undergraduate course developed through a partnership between the University of Florida faculty and MRS scientists and engineers. Stop by the IMOS Booth to view the new curriculum materials, videos and the online course.


MRS Community of Science Education & Outreach

Learn more about the MRS Public Outreach Committee
MRS is committed to promoting the study of materials research to students, as well as furthering an understanding of the principles of materials science to society at large. Learn more about additional MRS education outreach programs, such as Strange Matter, NISE Network and the NOVA Making Stuff series.


National Science Foundation Sustainability Information Booth

National Science Foundation logoMonday, November 27 - Wednesday, November 29
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Division of Materials Research (DMR) supports experimental and theoretical research, their interplay with each other and with data, over a broad range of subfields. These include condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, electronic and photonic materials, metals and metallic nanostructures, polymers, ceramics and biomaterials. Informational material will be available at the booth about the National Science Foundation, funding opportunities, how to write a successful proposal, diversity and sustainability. Stop by the booth and learn more from NSF representatives.

The Division of Materials Research will host a “Meet DMR Program Directors” event on Tuesday and Wednesday at the National Science Foundation Sustainability Information Booth in The Hub. Learn more »


Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)

NSF MRSEC logo 2017MRSECs support the integration of research and education, and the development of effective education/outreach activities, leveraging participant expertise and interest while addressing local and national needs. They seek to increase participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering at all academic levels. The programs promote partnerships with industry and international institutions, and other sectors, such as national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and state and local governments, in order to share knowledge transfer among the participants and strengthen the links between university-based research and education.

Representatives from the network of MRSECs will be at the NSF Sustainability Information Booth Monday through Wednesday to answer your questions about the program and demonstrate various outreach activities.


Science in Video Competition

SciVid Logo

This fall, Science in Video accepted submissions of short videos about a wide range of materials science topics that are intended to teach, amaze and amuse a broad audience. During the Fall Meeting, SciVid will spotlight the finalists from the fall competition and ask MRS Members to help select the People’s Choice Award.  Stop by the Public Outreach Center to learn more about the competition and how you can vote. All awards will be announced on Wednesday on The Hub Stage, 4:00 pm.

Additional viewing stations with voting instructions are placed at five locations in the Sheraton Hotel and Hynes Convention Center.  Learn more about the SciVid Competition. 


We Are For Science

We Are For Science LogoWe Are For Science is a coalition of organizations that support the accurate representation of science in policy, education and society. They include three primary working groups that focus on:

  • Security, safety and promoting inclusion of a diverse community
  • Science communication to the general public (K-12 and the voting public)
  • Science advocacy and policy

Ask how to start a chapter at your institution.