EUROMAT Conferences

EUROMAT Conferences have been held in Aachen, Germany (1989), Cambridge, England (1991), Paris, France (1993), Padua, Italy (1995), Maastricht, NL (1997), Munich, Germany (1999), Rimini, Italy (2001), Lausanne, Switzerland (2003), Prague, Czech Republic (2005), Nuremberg, Germany (2007), Glasgow, Scotland (2009), Montpellier, France (2011). Seville, Spain (2013).The last EUROMAT was held in Warsaw in Sept. 2015. The next EUROMAT will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece 17-22 Sept. 2017


In addition, Topical EUROMAT Conferences were held in Genua, Italy (1992), Balatonszéplak, Hungary (1994), Bournemouth, UK (1996), Maastricht, NL (1997), Munich, Germany (1999), and London, UK (2002).

Junior EUROMAT conferences take place every two years, providing young materials scientists with the opportunity to contribute both scientifically and to the organisation and structure of their conference in functions such as session chairperson or workshop coordinator. The conferences are usually held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in July - September and have been organised so far in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.



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The   EUROMAT 2017 conference will be held in Thessaloniki Greece, on 17-22 September 2017, co-organized  by the Hellenic Metallurgical Society and the Hellenic Society of the Science and Technology of the Condensed  Matter.

Thessaloniki, is a vibrant and modern European city, being among the most important trade and business hubs in the Balkans with great history dating back to the Ancient Greeks around 315 BC.   The city is situated strategically in the northern part of Greece, and is easily accessible from all over the world. The congress venue will be “Thessaloniki Concert Hall”, a unique complex of buildings conveniently located at the seafront of the city. 

Year 2017 is a milestone in FEMS's history, 30 years from the federation establishment will be reached, and this special occasion will be highlighted via special events organized within the Conference.  

Congress website (continuously updated) :


EUROMAT 2015 WARSAW 20-24 Sept. 2015 and the MATERIALS WEEKEND

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In 2015, the EUROMAT conference took place in Warsaw, Poland, having Professor Lindsay Greer, former Head of Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at University of Cambridge and member of the Energy - Cambridge Strategic Advisory Board as Scientific Conference Chair. The Polish Materials Society (President Prof. Piotr Kula) was in charge of organising the event together with the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). The WUT Professor Malgorzata Lewandowska was vice chair of the Scientific Commitee and Wojciech Swieszkowski, also Professor at the WUT, was chair of the management committee.

Materials Weekend in Warsaw included the “Materials for Europe” meeting, Warsaw, Poland 19 September 2015:

“Materials for Europe” – an event organized by the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) and the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), under the umbrella of the European Materials Forum (EMF) and the Alliance for Materials (A4M), was held in Poland’s capital Warsaw on 19 September 2015.  “Materials for Europe” was established as integral part of a “Materials Weekend”, bridging the two largest materials conferences ever held in Central Europe, the E-MRS Fall Meeting and the FEMS EUROMAT conference. Both conferences and the “Materials Weekend” aimed at strengthening materials science and engineering in Europe and increasing its visibility. The goal was to demonstrate that the development and the application of new materials are essential to meet societal needs associated with energy, health, transport and climate change. The “Materials for Europe” programme provided an important platform for material researchers from academia as well as industry and politicians to attain a consensus on the road to the future. More than 70 invited VIP participants discussed with Clara de la Torre, the European Commission’s Director DG Research and Innovation of the Directorate for Key Enabling Technologies. Mrs. Torre presented her strategic view “Vision about the new challenges in the materials field”.  She focused on the vital role of materials for a highly competitive European industry and explained the Commission’s effective approaches to coordinate research and innovation within the framework of the present and future European research programs and initiatives.

The major issues discussed were:

  1. The innovation policy in Europe and the role of materials in this context. The concept of the European Innovation Council to complement the well-established European Research Council was highlighted. Emphasis was put on the need to follow-up and evaluate projects ensuring that technological breakthroughs relevant to European industry are identified and market uptake is facilitated..
  2. The need to strengthen the new concept of a “Common House of Materials”. It should aim at discussing and integrating cross-cutting fields where materials are key prerequisites for development and progress.
  3. Smart infrastructures and how to empower them/link them to regional cluster.
  4. The connection between The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and the allocated national structural funds, focussing on various strategies and policies to gain the maximum benefit.

The “Materials Weekend” consisted of many more parts than the “Materials for Europe” event.  180 scientists and engineers from all over the world attended six tutorial courses on leading edge materials developments such as graphene, biomaterials, materials for energy and computer modelling of materials.  A topic as well was the materials value and innovation chain. During a 2-day “Young Scientists Workshop”, 55 participants presented their latest research results complemented by an intensive exchange of experiences and expectations. The importance of this event was underlined by the support of the German and French Embassy in Poland as well as the Warsaw University of Technology. The Warsaw “Festival of Science” was opened at Warsaw University of Technology, the venue of the two materials conferences. In this framework scientists and students presented numerous activities related to advanced materials. . They demonstrated materials-based innovations particularly for the Warsaw community at large with a special focus on stimulating the interest of children youngsters.

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EUROMAT 2013 Summary by Margarethe Hofmann, Vice President FEMS

 The Federation of European Materials Societies, FEMS held its bi-annual conference EUROMAT 2013 from September 8 to 13, 2013 in Sevilla Spain. It was organised by their member societies Sociedad Española de Materiales (SOCIEMAT) with its President Prof. Paloma Fernández Sánchez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) and Sociedade Portuguesa de Materiais (SPM) with its President Professor Paula Vilarinho, Univ. of Aveiro Aveiro, Portugal. Prof. Frank Mücklich, Univ. of Saarland Saarbrücken Germany chaired the Scientific Committee, supported by his co-chair Agustín R. González-Elipe ICMS – CSIC Sevilla, Spain and the various other members of the Scientific Board,

 Sevilla with its very comfortable Congress Center at BARCELÓ RENACIMIENTO assembled around 2000 delegates from countries all around the world. With 22 sessions running in parallel during 6 days the various topics in materials science and engineering could be covered with 53 symposia (1374 oral contributions and 939 posters).

 The Scientific Committee made again a very good choice of outstanding plenary and invited lectures, which opened the sessions held during the whole day until the evening and poster sessions as well.  Three of the plenary lectures were given from FEMS Awardees

  • Michel Rappaz, Institute of Materials Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland, who received the FEMS European Materials Medal, spoke about  "Multi-twinned nanoparticles, quasicrystals and twinned dendrites: What is the link?“ and by this about an effort in materials science which started in the 1970s and which is still a highly interesting topic in the field of metallic materials.
  • Johan A. Martens, Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, KU Leuven, Belgium, recieved the FEMS Materials Innovation Prices and gave a lecture on "Opportunities in Synthesis and Application of Nanoporous Materials“ spanning the frame about industrial and medical applications as well and by this made clear that materials science and engineering is one oft he most important field from the academic and the economic perspective.
  • Michel Perez, MATEIS - UMR CNRS 5510, F-69621 Villeurbanne, France received award of FEMS Materials Science and Technology. He gave a talk entitled "Multiscale approach to steel design“, dealing with modeling, another very important field in materials science.


In addition very attractive tutorials were given on Sunday September 8, 2013 on

  • Nanoscale characterization and processing of graphene and other monoatomic materials - Vincenzo Palermo and Eric Anglaret
  • Nanobiosensors based on Nanomaterials - Laura M. Lechuga and Arben Merkoci
  • 3D analysis on the micro, nano and atomic scale - Didier Blavette, Rene de Kloe, Christian Kübel, Frank Mücklich and Alexander Rack
  • Fundamentals of Materials Science Materials Constitution - Günter Effenberg, Hans-Jürgen Seifert, Raimund Podloudsky


A new format was introduced in this congress with "Lunch sessions“ which covered the whole value chain from education and research in materials science and engineering, the importance of global market and resources and the recycling of materials as well. 100 to 230 people attended these sessions, which is a very good success for such a new format. Speakers like Herbert von Bose from the EU Commission informed about the next research program Horizon 2020 in which materials will play a very important role in all three pillars from the "Excellence of Science“ to "Industrial Leadership“ and "Societal Challenges“. Industrial leadership was shown by companies like Constellium with Dr. Tim Warner, who gave an overview on what is required for next generations of aluminium alloys in airplanes and cars – weight reduction and improvement of mechanical properties and Umicore with Dr. Christian Hagelüken, active in the recycling area especially for less common and precious elements  which are integrated in so many of our commodities like cell phones, computers or lighting systems.

 Uwe Haug, Managing Director „Steinbeis Forschungsund Innovationszentren GmbH“, Constantin Vahlas CNRS and Interuniversity Materials Engineering Center (CIRIMAT), Toulouse and active in the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg and  Prof. David Jarvis European Space Agency discussed the challenges to bridge knowledge from education to  research and development and bring it into the markets. Prof. Armin Reller then discussed this topic in two presentations from of the perspective  of sustainability and asked how Criticality of Materials may change future perspectives for industrial application. Further speakers included ESA Tommaso Ghidini, Head of the Materials Technology Section and Dr. Derk Bol Program manager, Materials innovation institute M2i, The Netherlands covered topics like Advanced Materials, Coatings and Manufacturing Processes from a perspective of ESA and A strategy for substitution as part of the ERA-MIN roadmap, in both cases very interesting activities in Europe. Flavio Soldera from University Saarbrücken, Patrick Bressler from Fraunhofer Brussels, Ehrenfried Zschech from Fraunhofer Dresden and Predient FEMS and Margarethe Hofmann, ESM Foundation and Vice Predident FEMS organised and chaired these sessions which were appreciated by the conference participants.


FEMS arranged ist General Assembly, President’s Day and Board Meetings in combination with the conference. At the General Assembly the President of FEMS, the Vice President of FEMS as well as the members oft he Executive Board (EC) were elected or re-elected fort he period of 2014 to 2016. Dr. M. Hofmann was elected as President of FEMS and Dr. Brett Suddell as Vice President. Prof. Juan Jose de Damborenea, who was member for 4 years was replaced by Prof. Paloma Fernández Sánchez representing Sociedad Española de Materiales (SOCIEMAT), Dr. Brigitte Kriszt will leave FEMS and the Austrian Socitety for Metallurgy and Materials is actually not represented in the Executive Board (EC). Prof. Ehrenfried Zschech, actual President of FEMS gave an overview of the activities 2013 including the EU Project MatVal  in which FEMS is partner and Prof. Ludo Froyen, Honorary Tresurer presented the annual accounts and the budget 2014. The General Assembly recognized the work which was done by the representatives of the societies and the management Board with its Secretary Dr. Hugh Dunlop and approved the various agenda points.


The next congress activities of FEMS will be Junior Euromat 2014, held in Lausanne, Switzerland from 21.-24.7. 2014 and EUROMAT 2015, held from 21.-25. 9. 2015 in Warsaw Poland.