Materials Today @ New Scientist Live – 23rd September, London

Celebrating materials

On the 23rd September, from 10am – 5pm at New Scientist Live in the ExCel Centre in London, Materials Today and the Materials Science Council at Elsevier are organizing a one day materials science bonanza bringing together some of the world’s most well-known and thought provoking materials scientists to discuss the role of materials science in society and the next generation of materials discovery.

We have a limited number of free tickets available to give away to the Materials Today community. If you would like to apply for a free ticket, please click here.

Presentations and posters covering materials discovery, materials development and materials communication.

The event

We’re splitting the day into two sessions, with the first half uncovering some of the most interesting ways in which we interact with materials science and how it can influence and affect our daily lives - from engineered materials that we can use in our body (biomaterials), to city infrastructure that heals itself and an insight into the incredible preservation work that has gone into the resurrection and restoration of the Mary Rose.

To end this session we will have an expert discussion on the art of communicating materials science to the world and showing some of the ways in which materials scientists can communicate the application of their work.

The second part of the day will focus on the next generation of materials discovery and development. You’ll be shown how nanoscience can be made easy and how everyone can produce graphene, the most talked about material of the last decade, in their kitchen. The other speakers will cover the role that new data driven techniques will play in the next materials science breakthroughs and we’ll see that by playing computer games you can help create a database of human proteins.

To end the day, there will be another expert discussion on how scaling up materials discovery and production techniques might influence innovation and the development of new technologies.

There will also be a poster session at the event, with prizes. The posters will cover topics on materials discovery and development; materials science communication and the application of materials in society.


The program for the day is listed below:

10am-10. 15am - Welcome address by Subra Suresh

10.15-10.50am - Professor Mark Miodownik, UCL, London, UK - Materials for the 21st Century

10.50-11.25am - Professor Abhay Pandit, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland - Redefining Identity of Disease, Tissue and Cells- A BioMaterials Paradigm

11.25am-12pm - Dr Eleanor Schofield, Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust, UK - The challenges in conserving and caring for the Mary Rose

12pm-1pm - A short panel discussion on communicating materials science will follow the presentation. The panel with be chaired by Mike Weir, and participants will include Subra Suresh, Alan Leshner, Eleanor Schofield and Mark Miodownik.

2pm-2.35pm - Professor Emma Lundberg, KTH, Sweden - How to make gamers do science: Project Discovery

2.35pm-3.10pm - Professor Nicola Marzari, EPFL, Switzerland - Science 2.0: How computational materials science will change your world

3.10pm – 3.45pm - Professor Jonathan N Coleman, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland - Kitchen Physics: Using physics to produce state of the art nanomaterials using household implements

3.45pm- 4.45pm - A short panel discussion on how we'll be taking materials discovery and development to the next level through scaling up at all steps of the process. The panel will be chaired by Laurie Winkless, and participants will include Nicola Marzari, Sohini Kar-Narayan and David Rugg.

We hope that you’ll join us for this unique and thought provoking session on materials science and look forward to welcoming you at the ExCel centre in London as part of the New Scientist Live event.

If you would like to register your interest for a free ticket, please click here.