First and foremost on behalf of the organisers, The Materials Research Society, I would like to extend a warm welcome and thank you for coming to this major international conference and exhibition looking at the latest developments in the world of materials science.

The MRS Fall meeting is seen as one of the highlights of the year, with many great names and institutions coming along to provide their support and expertise in what will be an excellent show and opportunity for scientists around the world to network and forge new relationships.

With a vast number of exhibitors attending this year the meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for you to brush-up on some of those skills and techniques covering everything from mechanical testing in dental materials to watching paint dry using infra-red spectroscopy. Many new instrument launches will feature at the Fall Meeting ensuring you'll be the first to see some of the major breakthroughs that might help you in your research endeavours and who knows may lead to the next great materials discovery.

I would like to invite you to also visit me on our stand, booth number 100, I'd be delighted to chat with you and hear about how we might improve Materials Today over the coming months and years.

We have two exciting events taking place on our booth during the event; the first being the announcement of the winner to our writing competition. This is an annual competition where we award the efforts of our young scientists eager to forge their name as a writer.

The second event I think needs no explanation, it is our ever popular cover competition. This is open to everyone and gives all our winning readers the opportunity to see their image on the cover of an issue of Materials Today over the following year.

We will announce at the event the times of these awards and look forward to seeing you then.

I'd like to close this months editorial by taking the opportunity to thank all our contributors, authors, freelancers and of course you our readers. Without you Materials Today would not be possible.

2011 will be an exciting year with many new features planned and opportunities to read our new enhanced digital edition, which by now you should have received your first sample. We will be adding to the functionality quite considerably over the coming months thus making Materials Today your only resource necessary for up to date news, views and reviews.

I am looking forward to meeting you at the MRS Fall meeting, do stop by if you have the chance!

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(10)70189-9