Maria Manuela Oliveira

Maria Manuela Oliveira Prize

The recognition of excellence in technological innovation and scientific research in the area of Materials is part of the mission of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM).

In this context, in May 2019, the SPM Board established the Maria Manuela Oliveira Prize, with the purpose of highlighting the crucial role that women play in research, development, innovation and teaching activities in the area of Materials in Portugal. Maria Manuela Oliveira Prize also intends to promote gender equality in these activities.

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A Common Language for Science

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics, medicine, earth sciences and biology.

1869 is considered as the year of discovery of the Periodic System, and Dmitri Mendeleev was a major discoverer. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.

Discover everything about IYPT2019 via this website. Join the celebrations! Read more

SPM Career and Recognition Award

It is important to highlight the importance of this award, since the recognition of excellence in technological innovation and scientific research in the area of ​​Materials is part of the mission of SPM, which welcomes the prestige achieved in the contest, a sign of the very undeniable quality of work that is developing in Portugal and the vitality of SPM.

The SPM Career and Recognition Award, created in 2015, was awarded for the third time.

This year, the jury decided to award in ex aequo, Professor Doctor Leopoldo... Read more

MATERIAIS 2019 and the SPM 

The MATERIAIS meetings are the most important event of SPM, since it is meant to be the “place” where every 2 years the national and international community involved in research and development in the area of Materials meet. It is intended to be a forum for sharing ideas, to nucleate new projects and collaborations, to educate and, above all, to disseminate to the national and international community the most recent developments in the area. 

MATERIAIS directly contributes to the accomplishment of one of the most noble missions of the SPM, which is to be the VOICE of Materials in Portugal.

Allow me to make a brief historical review of MATERIAIS, which has always been under the patrimony of theSPM.

MATERIAIS 2019 is following 18 previous MATERIAIS conferences.

The first MATERIAIS, MATERIAIS '83 (the 1st SPM Congress), took place at LNEC in Lisbon. After this initial event, every 2 years without interruption, a MATERIAIS was held, always in a different place in the country and with a different organisation.

Throughout these years and events, it is worth highlighting that in 2001, with MATERIAIS 2001 that took place in Coimbra, what was initially a national event became an international congress, which has continued up to today.

More recently, and within the process of the internationalisation of the SPM, the first Iberian meeting of the Portuguese and Spanish Societies of Materials took place in Salamanca in 2018.

By agreement between the two societies, the Iberian event will occur every 3 years, alternately in Portugal and Spain, and the second of these Iberian events will take place in 2021 in Lisbon, during MATERIAIS 2021.

Under the theme MATERIALS FOR A BETTER LIFE, MATERIAIS 2019 features a wide range of prominent speakers who will address the latest developments in materials, which will undoubtedly contribute to the achievement of the 17 GOALS of The Sustainable Development Agenda, ensuring the promotion of prosperity for all while protecting the planet.

The SPM is very grateful to have another successful MATERIAIS congress this year, and thanks the organisers, chairs and committees for their dedication to this event, hard work and enthusiasm, which insures a great success.

The SPM expresses gratitude to the Sponsors; their contribution and presence are essential to make MATERIAIS happen.

Finally, the SPM thanks all the speakers and delegates for their presence, and for making MATERIAIS 2019 a success 


The president of the SPM

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Due to great interest in participation at the YUCOMAT & WRTCS 2019 conference, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Friday, May 31, 2019. Read more

Impact article P1

The journal Science Impact recently published 2 interviews with the FEMS president, Paloma Fernández Sánchez and with immediate past president, Brett Suddell on the subjects of international collaboration and supporting materials research in Europe and beyond. Read more

Within the activities organized by the CSIC in the V Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, SOCIEMAT collaborated again with the CENIM this year, organizing the Educational Olympiad "The route from the Macroworld to the Nanoworld" that was held on April 4 in the CENIM CSIC, with different games and activities for the students... Read more

12th International Conference on Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture, Bordeaux, June 24-26 2019

The deadline for the early registration has been extended to April 15th, 2019. You have time to register at this special registration fee price. Read more

The second Scientific Olympiad, organized by SOCIEMAT and CENIM will take place on April the 4th, 2019, in the framework of the activities of the IV Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Under the motto "Route from the Macroworld to the Nanoworld", the students will discover the most amazing micro and nano structures in the natural world.... Read more

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum will be awarding a W1 Junior-Professorship in Materials Informatics and Data Sciences at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS). Pending a positive tenure evaluation, the successful candidate will be subsequently be appointed to a permanent position as professor (W2).

The Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it houses the full spectrum of expertise in the main branches of science and research under one roof. Working in an environment that promotes a dynamic exchange between individual academic disciplines and their cultures, researchers and students alike benefit from the opportunities of interdisciplinary collaboration Read more