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Call for Papers

Symposium EE15—Materials for Sustainable Development—Integrated Approaches

As defined by the Brundtland Commission (UN, 1987), sustainable development entails meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Materials science will play a pivotal role in solving many of the key challenges our society will continue to face in the coming years, including providing a sustainable supply of energy, water, products, services, transportation, buildings, and public infrastructure.

New approaches to sustainable development will require materials researchers who have technical expertise and who understand the complex interrelationships between materials science and other disciplines. In addition, materials researchers must develop relationships with industry and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing challenges and opportunities to translate their work to practice.

This symposium will encourage an integrated approach toward the role of materials science in sustainable development and will provide a medium for technically based, interdisciplinary discussions of core materials technologies and their connection with societal, ecological, and economic drivers that together will illuminate the path toward sustainable development.

A complementary suite of activities focusing on sustainability in industry, teaching sustainability, student engagement, and public outreach is tentatively planned.

Topics will include:

  • Materials for alternative energy sources
  • Materials designed for enhanced recyclability
  • Materials for sustainable buildings and infrastructure
  • Materials for sustainable transportation
  • Materials impacts on human health and the environment
  • Materials efficiency and life cycle assessment
  • Materials research and corporate social responsibility
  • Materials for sustainable water purification and conservation
  • Sustainable materials systems: supply chains, industrial ecology, and waste management
  • Bridging the development gap: innovation, scale-up, and adoption
  • Tools and techniques for workforce development and teaching sustainability
  • Objective application of economic, sociological, and governmental models that enable materials research and technological developments
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Nicole Darnall (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Khosrow Ghavami (Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Andy Hoffman (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Benjamin Hsiao (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Martin Mulvihill (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Julia Tagüeña Parga (National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico)
  • Megan Robertson (University of Houston, USA)
  • Linda Sapochak (National Science Foundation, USA)
  • Julie Schoenung (University of California, Davis, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Ashley White
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Advanced Light Source
510-326-5970, awhite@lbl.gov

John Abelson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
217-333-7258, abelson@illinois.edu

Ivana Aguiar
Universidad de la República
Facultad de Química
598 29291703, iaguiar@fq.edu.uy

Rae Ostman
Arizona State University
Center for Engagement and Training in Science & Policy
607-882-1119, rostman@asu.edu