For the second time, the prestigious IUMRS Global Leadership and Service Awards (GLS) were presented to three outstanding members of the global materials community on November 17th, 2016 at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The GLS Awards was created by IUMRS to recognize leaders in the materials science community who had dedicated their capabilities and talents to serve the greater good that impact the world-at-large.
In line with the IUMRS’s mission of fostering the applications of interdisciplinary materials R&D, the presentation ceremony honored scientists and researchers who are dedicated to the development of the international community and cooperation in the ﬁeld of advanced materials for energy and transportation.
The awards were given by MEPs (Ministers of European Parliament) during the ceremony.
Although Mr. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, was not able to attend the ceremony, a pre-recorded video was shown. View video HERE.
Mr. Rodrigo Martins, chair of the IUMRS Awards Committee, closed the ceremony with an uplifting remark: “It is a great honor to have all these distinguished guests here”, and commented that it was especially significant that the awards were supported by the main political groups from the European Parliament.
|11:00||Welcome address by MEPs Carlos Zorrinho and Carlos Coelho|
|11:10||The IUMRS Global Leadership and Service Award initiative, by R.P. H. Chang, Secretary General of IUMRS|
|11:20||Welcome address by Dr. Paul Rübig, Chair of STOA Panel|
|11:30||The Chair of the STOA Panel Paul Rübig present the award to Prof. Wan Gang|
|11:40||MEP José Inácio Faria and Commissioner Carlos Moedas (video stream) present the first award to Prof. Graça Carvalho, followed by the acceptance speech|
|11:50||MEP Carlos Coelho present the award to Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda, followed by the acceptance speech|
|12:00||Closing remarks by Rodrigo Martins, Chair of the IUMRS Awards Committee|
Closing remarks by MEPs Carlos Zorrinho and José Inácio Faria
Group pictures credit: © Alexis Haulot