FUMAT 2011: Advanced materials

18 October, 2010

Warsaw, 14.09.2010

FUMAT'2011 - Programme assumptions

The conference Future Materials 2011 falls within the mainstream of discussion on the role of advanced materials in facing Grand Societal Challenges of present days, as formulated in the Lund Declaration. The main objective of FUMAT'2011 is to suggest strategies and research directions that could contribute to the solutions of these challenges in line with the Europe 2020 and the Innovation Union policies.

It is proposed to structure the Conference program into parallel "vertical" tracks destined for selected issues, and plenary sessions aiming for treatment of significant horizontal cross-cutting aspects of R&D in materials science and engineering.

The planned topics of plenary sessions are:

PLENARY 1: Advanced Materials and Grand Challenges (60 min)
Within this session two half-hour keynote lectures are proposed, one from academia and one from industry. The speakers will be expected to present their view on the role of materials in further development of the EU and the World in the context of needs defined by the Lund Grand Challenges. It is hoped that the role of advanced materials as key enabling technology will be underlined.

PLENARY 2: International partnership in materials research (80 min)
Within this session 3-4 keynote lectures will be scheduled. Invited speakers from DELETED partnership regions - Eastern Europe, Far East (Japan, China or India), US, Latin America, will be invited to present selected directions of break-through research on advanced materials in their countries, as well as the perspectives of transnational collaboration in these fields.

PLENARY 3: Synergy of resources in materials development (60 min).
The session will be centered on the ways of developing future materials. The pros and cons of existing mechanisms and instruments (Joint Programming, Public-Private Partnership, parallel use of national and European resources, etc.) will be analyzed, and best solutions will be proposed.

The proposed vertical tracks are as follows:

TRACK 1: Materials for Future Energy
Needs of Energy application, with focus on new "green" energy technologies, such as renewable sources (solar, biofuels, geothermal, hydrogen), as well as traditional resources (coal, petroleum) in order to make them "greener".

TRACK 2: Materials for Transport and Environment
New functional materials to make the transport more effective and greener;
Advanced materials for protection of cultural heritage.

TRACK 3: Materials in Health, Ageing Society and Bio-applications
Materials for medical applications (biocompatible, biodegradable) with new functions.
Applications in food industry.

TRACK 4: Materials for sustainable development
Materials technologies with significantly limited environmental footprint.
Material research for substitution of critical elements and raw materials.
New technologies for retrieval of rare materials from industrial waste.

TRACK 5: Societal dimension of advanced materials, Education, Trainings, Increase of awareness
Societal impact of new materials (employee market, style of life), educational needs in the context of materials development (e.g. interdisciplinary education, converging technologies), activities for dissemination of knowledge of the role of new materials and for societal acceptance of new technologies (e.g. nanomaterials).

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