Programs & Outreach

Focus on Sustainability

  Materials Research Society FoundationFocus on Sustainability (FoS) is an MRS initiative designed to raise the awareness of the nexus between materials, materials research, and sustainable practice.   Meeting the challenges of sustainable development requires an integrated approach that places materials science in the context of societal, environmental, and economic drivers. MRS is helping its members discover the valued role of sustainable materials practices to a sustainable world. The Society also seeks to develop members' technical expertise and understanding of the complex interrelationships between materials science and other disciplines.

 

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"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." 
—Brundtland Report

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What Interests You About Sustainability?

The Materials Research Society is well-positioned to partner and support academia, government, industry, and society in their efforts to advance sustainable sourcing, development, production, and reuse of materials.  Building on its demonstrated strengths, MRS is uniquely suited to impact three areas: research, government advocacy, and public outreach. For the past several years there has been a steadily increasing emphasis within the society on materials and materials science for a sustainable world. This has resulted in the production and delivery of numerous sustainability-focused forums, symposia and publications.

Learn More about MRS and Sustainability

Outreach

MRS has programs dedicated to outreach. MRS is committed to engaging the public in materials science and sustainability issues. Learn more about outreach programs.

Publications

Learn more about MRS's publications that focus on sustainability issues, including the textbook, Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, special issues of MRS Bulletin, and the Energy Quarterly section of MRS Bulletin.

Special Events, Summits, Forums

Learn more about past special events related to sustainability, including the Sustainability Forums held during the 2012 MRS Spring and Fall Meetings, and the 2011 World Materials Summit.

Social Media

Make professional contacts via the MRS LinkedIn subgroup, Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development, which addresses materials research challenges to meet global energy and environmental needs for sustainable development.

Symposia

Sustainability—The MRS Spring and Fall Meetings typically include a cluster symposia focused on topics related to sustainability and energy. Learn more about the sustainability-related symposia by viewing calls for papers, programs and abstracts, proceedings and virtual presentations from these sessions.

Energy—The MRS Spring and Fall Meetings typically include a cluster symposia focused on topics related to sustainability and energy. Learn more about the energy-related symposia by viewing calls for papers, programs and abstracts, proceedings and virtual presentations from these sessions.  

Videos

At MRS Spring and Fall Meetings, MRS TV highlights MRS' sustainability programs and talks to members about their sustainability interests.