Low Cost Instrumentation at the XXVI IMRC - Empowering Science in Developing Countries

HardwareX is partnering with the session organisers of the symposium G.5 at the XXVI International Materials Research Congress in Mexico later this year. We will be publishing the output in HardwareX to ensure that the instrumentation discussed in the session reaches the widest possible audience.

Abstract submission is still open for the congress if you wish to be involved.

Low-Cost Innovation presents one of the biggest opportunities in the world for engagement of the creativity and energy of scientists, engineers and general public across the world. It has huge potential for bypassing economic barriers and stimulating societal change.

The proposed symposium is a new topic, that we hope would become a regular feature at materials science conferences, dedicated to recent scientific achievements in low-cost instrumentation. It is intended to showcase real-world problems and the most ingenuous solutions across the world. Tutorials and demo activities will give hands-on insights and resources for aspiring innovators. More details at: https://www.mrs-mexico.org.mx/imrc2017/program-session.php?id=00049

Stories like Prakash Lab’s 50-cent microscope “foldscope” and Whitesides lab’s paper-based diagnostic tool are exciting and inspiring, but more researchers dealing with low-cost innovations should have a platform to present their achievements. The symposium aims to empower scientists with available open platforms and connect scientists with social DIY maker movements. Bridging social innovation and science captures novel opportunities for shared inspiration, engagement of the bottom billion, and providing with technology solutions for everyone.

The open submission of abstracts has ended (7th of April), but we have extended this deadline and are still accepting abstracts. If you are interested, please submit the abstract at google form here: https://goo.gl/forms/gF4EdXIy63qrrrkB3 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Tianheng Zhao (tz275@cam.ac.uk) or Carlo Saverio Iorio (ciorio@ulb.ac.be).