Call for Proposals
As part of the early stages of planning the program for the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting (April 2-6, 2018), we are interested in your input on future symposium topics. Our goal is to plan a meeting that includes both new, rapidly developing as well as current topics within materials science and technology.
In addition, we are seeking proposals for symposia that will represent the growing meeting demand for broader impact* programming. Broader impact programming at MRS meetings is intended to extend the influence of scientific research to the quality of life and society at large. At MRS Fall and Spring Meetings, the broader impact programming augments the technical symposia programming and vendor exhibits by providing the attendees a complete meeting experience capturing all aspects of the materials research profession.
*The use of the term “Broader Impact” at MRS is intended to be similar to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) usage of the same term. Examples of MRS objectives leading to broader impact and the related events/action items include, but are not limited to: education and training of the next generation of materials researchers, public outreach, career and professional development, impact of materials research on the US and global economies, and efforts to broaden diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups.
All proposals for technical or broader impact symposium programming must be submitted via the online submittal site at https://callforpapers.mrs.org using your MRS username and password. If you do not have a username and password, the site will enable you to create them. To expedite the review and approval process, this site includes easy step-by-step instructions that will help you develop your proposal into the form of a preliminary Call for Papers (CFP). We strongly suggest that you prepare your proposal offline (download sample) and transfer the information to the online submittal site. If you log into the submittal site and are unable to complete the entire proposal in a single session, all information will be retained by clicking the NEXT button on the page you've reached. The site will enable you to re-enter at a later time in order to edit or add to a previously submitted proposal.
If you have co-organized an earlier MRS symposium about your proposed topic, the MRS program development policy requires a turnover of at least two co-organizers from the most recent symposium. Previous organizers who step aside may still serve the program in the important role of invited speaker. Also, MRS considers a diversified group of four co-organizers to be the optimal size. By diversity we refer primarily to region (international), emphasis (fundamental vs applied research), institution, gender and under-represented minorities. Inclusion of translational research and industrial involvement is highly encouraged.
Your input is extremely valuable in helping assure both the breadth and topicality of the MRS meeting as well as ensuring a complete meeting experience on behalf of the profession. We would appreciate having your ideas by Friday, November 25th, although we will also do our best to consider any suggestions we receive later in the meeting planning process.
Edward Botchwey, Catherine Dubourdieu, Quanxi Jia, Shane Kennett and Cheolmin Park
2018 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs