The second Materials Science initiative seminar was held October 18-19, 2011. The aim was to look into the future, letting science and industry representatives give their view on challenges and possibilities in materials science. At the same time, the first open "Avancell conference" was held in the same building, and one panel debate as well as the the poster session were common to the two conferences.
Download the seminar booklet (pdf, 2.4 MB)
On Day 1, a panel discussion entitled "Trends in materials science" took place, featuring leading scientists from Chalmers. Read a summary of the discussion here (pdf)
Jan-Anders Månson from EPFL in Lausanne talked about the role of sports in materials science and his experiences from working with the America's cup boat Alinghi and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
A poster session, with oral presentations of some of the posters, was arranged in collaboration with Avancell.
Photos from Day 1
On Day 2, there was another panel discussion: "How should industry and Chalmers interact in order to optimize collaboration?", with leaders from AstraZeneca, Volvo Technology, SCA, Xylophane and Chalmers.
Mats Andersson received the Arrhenius medal from the hands of Anna-Maria Tievert, chair of the Swedish Chemical Society, for his outstanding research in the field of polymeric materials for solar cells. After the prize ceremony, he gave an inspirational talk about his work.
Like last year, high school students were invited to a special session where your scientists presented themselves and their research, followed by hands-on activities giving the students the opportunity to experience materials science in various contexts.