The Australian Materials Research Society (AMRS) was established in 1988 as the Australian Adhering Body to the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). AMRS is not a society in its own right but an umbrella body that connects to the materials science and engineering research community in Australia through members of relevant professional societies or networks with a strong interest in materials science and engineering. AMRS has strong links to the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Materials Science and Engineering (NCMSE) which has several aims which align with those of AMRS and also overlapping committee membership with the AMRS Executive Committee. Consistent with the aims of IUMRS, both AMRS and NCMSE seek to promote interdisciplinary materials research and education in Australia, provide a network of connections to the Australian materials science and engineering community with a particular focus on early- to mid-career (EMCR) researchers, and encourage the running of interdisciplinary jointly-sponsored materials meetings and conferences, including international meetings sponsored by IUMRS. The affairs and activities of AMRS are managed by an Executive Committee.
News and Recent Activities
- Distinguished ANU Professor C Jagadish was awarded a Companion on the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours for eminent service to physics and engineering, to education as a leading academic, researcher, author and mentor and through executive roles with national and international scientific advisory institutions. This is the highest civilian honour in the country and it is rare that a scientist receives such an accolade. Professor Jagadish said he was humbled, honoured and grateful for this honour. "This is a wonderful recognition for 25 plus years of work with my research group at the ANU," said Professor Jagadish, who is a world leader in the field of experimental semiconductor nanostructures for optoelectronics. Such an award is not given solely for outstanding scientific achievement but for exceptional contributions to the profession (globally and nationally) and for enriching Australian society.
Jagadish's passion for science has extended well beyond personal scientific achievement to an unselfish commitment to providing scientific opportunity for others. For example, he drew on his own experiences to assist the less privileged to study by funding efforts to replace kerosene lamps that affect disadvantaged children across the globe and also by the establishment of an endowment at ANU to assist disadvantaged foreign students to study at the institution. As Vice President of the Australian Academy of Science he has strongly supported the Academy's primary and high school science education programs and championed the establishment of an early to mid-career researcher Forum within the Academy to give young scientists a real voice in chartering the future directions in science and science policy. He established the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) and the ICONN series of conferences in Australia with the prime aim of supporting young scientists and research students in their career development. He was the Australian champion for the establishment of an Australia-India research collaboration fund, generously supported by both governments. Furthermore, he has been enormously supportive of his colleagues in nominating them (successfully) for scientific awards and honours. Indeed, he has worked tirelessly to achieve his compassionate goals of supporting others through his elected executive positions in a very large number of professional societies and journal editorships across the globe.
Recent and Future Meetings
- AMRS HOSTING THE IUMRS ICYRAM 2018 CONFERENCE IN ADELAIDE
The Australian Materials Research Society will be hosting the International Conference of Young Researchers in Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018) to be held in Adelaide and supported by the University of South Australia. Proposed dates are October 21-24, 2018. The conference will be chaired by Associate Professor Drew Evans of the University of South Australia. It will feature oral presentations and posters by young researchers up to the age of 40 organised into several topical symposia. The proposed theme for the conference is: Translating Science into Commercial Reality.
- ICONN 2016 IN CANBERRA
Another successful International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2016) hosted by the Australian Nanotechnology Network was held in Canberra in February 2016. ICONN2016 attracted six hundred delegates from nineteen countries and was chaired by Professors Chennupati Jagadish and Hoe Tan from the Australian National University. A short course on 'Introduction to Nanofabrication Technologies' was held on the first day which was organised by and featured speakers from the Australian National Fabrication Facility , a major Australian infrastructure network that services the Australian research community. 8 Plenary speakers including Nobel Laureate W E Moerner and thirty six invited speakers gave outstanding presentations that provided a broad synopsis of recent developments in the field.
- MATERIALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: FROM DESIGN TO APPLICATION
The development of new materials to meet the challenges of the 21st century was the focus of this year's Theo Murphy Frontiers of Science conference. Materials for the 21st century: from design to application was held from 9-11 December in Melbourne. This latest in the Frontiers of Science series, brought together the best young Australian materials scientists from across the country. The Theo Murphy events aim to be multi-disciplinary; this year's symposium included topics such as new techniques and materials to improve drug delivery, energy and food production, and ways to develop the next generation of flexible electronics.
The workshop was organised and run by a committee of young researchers and attended by around 70 research students and early to mid-career researchers. It was found to be an excellent networking environment, with many participants identifying new collaboration partners. As one delegate observed: 'With such a broad range of topics it was great to see where the key focuses are for these industries and who is leading the fields. Networking with these people will help as my career evolves'. A special session examined the challenges for women in materials science and was followed by a lively discussion.
Associate Professor Lan Fu
Phone: +61 2 61254060
A/Prof Lan Fu
Department of Electronic Materials Engineering
Research School of Physics and Engineering
The Australian National University
Member Organisations and Links
The NCMSE is a national committee of the Australian Academy of Science. Along with the Australian Materials research Society (AMRS) it aims to foster interdisciplinary materials science and engineering in Australia, to link the Academy to Australian materials scientists and engineers, including the relevant institutions and scientific societies, and to serve through AMRS as a link between Australian and overseas materials scientists, primarily through IUMRS.
Materials Australia provides technical materials support to those in the materials engineering, manufacturing and research industries. This includes written information, training, conferences and seminars.
The Australian Institute of Physics exists to support professional physicists and to promote all aspects of physics to the wider community.
The RACI has several divisions with a strong materials flavour, including polymers, solid state, colloid and surface science, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and physical chemistry.
The Vacuum Society of Australia is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science and technology of vacuum, materials, surfaces, interfaces, thin films, and plasmas, and to providing a variety of educational opportunities.
The Australian Optical Society (AOS) is a non-profit organisation for the advancement of optics in Australia.. The society was formed in 1983 for this purpose. The society is not a professional body and may include anyone contributing to or interested in optics in the widest sense.
The AMMS is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the knowledge of the science and practice of all microscopical imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of materials in diverse areas of biological, materials, medical and physical sciences.
The Australasian Ceramic Society is an organisation that works towards furthering all aspects of ceramics - science, industry, research, trade and in art. The Society aims to bring together all those interested and involved in ceramics for mutual co-operation and the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
The Australian X-ray Analytical Association (AXAA) Inc. was formed around 1968. The association seeks to provide a forum for technical meetings, discussion and information interchange between workers in the fields of x-ray analysis.
Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of its members. It is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia.
ANN is dedicated to substantially enhancing Australia’s research outcomes in this important field by promoting effective collaborations, exposing researchers to alternative and complementary approaches from other fields, encouraging forums for postgraduate students and early career researchers, increasing nanotechnology infrastructure, enhancing awareness of existing infrastructure, and promoting international links.
Other Useful links:
- The Association of Molecular Modellers of Australia
- Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand
- National Computational Infrastructure
- Pawsey Supercomputing Centre