Meetings & Events


2020 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29 - December 4, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts

Call for Proposals

Submit a Proposal

Deadline May 15, 2019

As part of the early stages of planning the program for the 2020 MRS Fall Meeting (November 29 – December 4, 2020), we hereby solicit proposals for symposium topics of future technical and broader impact.

Our goal is to plan an exciting meeting that includes both new and rapidly developing topics as well as current ones of interest to the materials science and technology community. Topics of particular interest include: 
  • 2D and meta materials
  • 3D printing
  • 3D bioprinting (tissue replacement and organoids for drug screening)
  • active biomaterials advanced in-situ
  • applications of artificial intelligence for materials design
  • autonomous biological systems
  • biocomposites
  • biomimetics biosensors
  • energy storage systems (including advanced analysis, processing, fabrication techniques and recyclability)
  • environmental materials
  • e-textiles and flexible electronics
  • functional imaging
  • light-weight/high-strength composites
  • materials for extreme condition
  • materials for human-machine interfaces
  • materials for neuromorphic computing
  • materials for self-healing
  • mechanobiology
  • microfluidics
  • nanoengineered systems
  • operando characterizations
  • optogenetics
  • orthogonal systems
  • quantum coherent systems and materials (including for quantum information)
  • self-reporting systems
  • soft robotics
  • synthetic biology
  • wearables
  • zero-strain battery materials
  • traditional materials research topics

Broader impact programming at MRS meetings is intended to extend the influence of scientific research to the quality of life and society at large. 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 the environment
  • efforts to broaden diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups

All proposals for technical or broader impact symposium programming must be submitted by May 15, 2019, via the online submittal site using your MRS username and password. If you do not have a username and password, the site will enable you to create them.

This site includes easy step-by-step instructions that will help you develop your proposal into the form of a preliminary Call for Proposals (CFP). We strongly suggest that you prepare your proposal offline (see 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 draft information will be retained on the page you have reached. The site will enable you to re-enter later in order to edit or add to a previously submitted proposal. Once you have completed your proposal, please submit your proposal prior to the submission deadline date.

MRS requires a diversified group of four co-organizers with respect to gender and under-represented groups, region (international), emphasis (fundamental vs applied), and institution. Inclusion of translational research and industrial involvement is highly encouraged, as is participation of early-career/postdoc co-organizers. Note that if you have co-organized an earlier MRS symposium on your proposed topic, the MRS program development policy requires a turnover of at least two co-organizers from the most recent symposium.

Your input is extremely valuable in helping assure the breadth and topicality of the MRS meeting as well as ensuring a satisfying meeting experience. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2019; suggestions received later in the meeting planning process are not guaranteed to be considered.

Thank you.
Michael E. Flatté, Michael P. Rowe, Sabrina Sartori, Prasad Shastri, Chongmin Wang
2020 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs