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World's leading experts in materials research converge at ICMAT 2011

29 June 2011

Prof Chowdari, Minister Lim Hng Kiang and Prof Tan Chorh Chuan opening the conference

Prof Albert Fert, Nobel Laureate in Physics, National Centre for Scientific Research, France, offering the first plenary lecture
The 6th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT), organised by the Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S) in association with the NUS, Agency for Science Technology and Research and Nanyang Technological University, opened on 27 June 2011 at Suntec, Singapore.

Being held over five days and involving more than 3,000 international delegates, ICMAT 2011 is attended by industry experts and renowned scientists in materials science and engineering, including four Nobel Laureates as Guest Speakers. This is the largest turnout ICMAT has seen since its inaugural conference in 2001. This year's conference offers 40 technical symposia, nine plenary and three themed lectures, two Nobel Laureate public lectures (held at NUS), an education forum, and an exhibition showcasing the latest scientific advances and discoveries.

Officiating at the conference's opening ceremony was Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry. NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan also graced the occasion. In his welcome address, he said: “As a medical professional myself, I appreciate the great contributions made by materials science research to the development of instruments and techniques for detection, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of various medical disorders. Such cross-disciplinary applications arise through robust intellectual engagement between researchers and practitioners from diverse fields. In this regard, conferences like ICMAT play a critical role in fostering the types of interaction and collaboration among experts in different fields that are necessary to address key R&D issues across disciplines.”

President of MRS-S Prof B V R Chowdari, who is also a faculty member at the NUS Department of Physics, said that since the first ICMAT, the biennial conference had become known in the materials science community as a respected platform for the sharing of information and the celebration of the inquiring mind. The previous five conferences have attracted more than 10,000 delegates to Singapore, including some 16 Nobel Laureates.