Careers & Advancement

iMatSci—Innovation in Materials Science

iMatSci competitor speaking with judgesLaunched at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting, iMatSci—Innovation in Materials Science provides a platform for technology leaders at universities, research labs and start-up companies to demonstrate the practical applications of innovative, materials-based technologies.

The goal of this program is to convene innovators, industry leaders and investors in one location to spur collaboration that accelerates the adoption of new materials technologies for real-world applications.

The iMatSci Innovation Showcase is designed to exhibit technologies that have not yet been productized but where there is a working prototype or evidence of a repeatable process. The entities behind these innovations will generally be early stage and pre-revenue; however iMatSci will also consider showcasing innovative technologies that are emerging from an existing corporate entity.

Program Implementation

Innovator showcasing his product to an interested MRS meeting attendeeInnovators will submit an application and, if selected, will present their technologies at the upcoming MRS Meeting. Technologies must be mature enough to clearly demonstrate their value proposition to the layperson. Applications, including a brief product pitch and URL for viewing a 1-2 minute video, will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration
  • Stage of Development
  • Uniqueness
  • Market Need
  • Strength of IP Protection

Each of the selected innovators will have space in the Exhibit Hall and will present their technologies using various forms of media such as videos and prototypes. Demonstrations will be judged on-site, with cash prizes awarded, based on clarity, presentation, value proposition, impact and scalability.

Applicants need not be MRS Members, however, an MRS account must be used to login to the site.

(Selection and Judging Criteria details available under iMatSci Submission Guidelines for specific MRS Meetings)

Who Should AttendiMatSci competitor describes his products to a judge

iMatSci is designed for academics and industry professionals interested/involved in the commercialization of materials-based technologies, including student innovators and entrepreneurs, tech transfer, venture capitalists and professional services.

Attendance at iMatSci is provided at no charge and does not require registration for an MRS Meeting. However, in order to attend the technical presentations, poster sessions or other MRS special functions, paid meeting registration is required.

Past iMatSci Winners

  • 2017 MRS Fall Meeting
  • 2016 MRS Spring Meeting
  • 2016 MRS Fall Meeting
  • 2014 MRS Fall Meeting
To learn more or to get involved, please contact Natalie Larocco, Volunteer Affairs Assistant, 724-779-2744.