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2012 Materials Education Symposia
Call for Abstracts
Deadline: September 15, 2011

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Share in key events for material educators, joining two days of talks, discussions, a social program, and poster sessions. Two Materials Education Symposia, held next Spring, will focus exclusively on undergraduate materials education across engineering, design, and science.

3rd North American
Materials Education Symposium

March 29-30, 2012
CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, US

4th International
Materials Education Symposium

April 12-13, 2012
Cambridge University, UK

The advisory committee have just announced this year's themes (below), and are making a Call for Abstracts. These will be reviewed for inclusion as either posters or presentations.
Photo: Prof. Mike Ashby thanks participants from 26 countries for their contributions to the 3rd International Materials Education Symposium earlier this year.

The academic advisory committee are now
accepting abstracts for both posters and presentations

Learn more at »

These events for materials educators follow on from the success of the 2011 Symposia: over 150 educators from 28 countries took part in the two 2011 events coordinated by Granta Design and supported by FEMS, ASM International, the ASEE Materials Division, SEFI, TMS, University of Cambridge, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Delegates praised the extended opportunities for discussion, the exchange of ideas, and for sharing experiences related to materials teaching. Many left with a renewed enthusiasm and plenty of practical tips to support their teaching. Read the reports here.
Photo: Educators from across North America joined two days of presentation and discussions at the 2nd North American Material Education Symposia at Worcester Polytechnic Institute earlier this year.
Themes for 2012
The advisory committee have now put together the four themes for each two-day event. Abstracts are invited on any of these topics. Presentations should cover innovative and interesting teaching approaches or resources for teaching materials in its widest context—throughout all years of study and across different disciplines.

Innovation and change
  • Innovation in materials teaching
  • Innovation in material development
  • Innovation in material use
  • Inspiring 1st year students

Materials, government, and industry
  • National materials policy
  • Matching teaching to the needs of industry

Crossing disciplines—education for interface sciences
  • Materials and energy
  • Materials and micro-mechanics: designing hybrid materials
  • Materials and the bio-sciences
  • Materials and nano-science
  • Materials and architecture
  • Materials and (industrial) design
  • Materials and society: responsible material sourcing, manufacture, use, and disposal
  • Teaching triple bottom line design: technical, social (sustainable), and economic

Emerging challenges and opportunities in materials
  • Critical materials, supply-chain constraints, security of supply, and geopolitical factors
  • Regulations that impinge on material use: REACH, etc.
  • Material efficiency and related design-issues
  • New and emerging materials
  • Material substitution
Visit the Symposia website ( for more information, full details of the call for abstracts, and to register your interest in attending these events.

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