MaterialsWeek 2024- Call for contributions

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17. - 21. Juni 2024, Zypern

Strategic R&I for the Value Chains of the Future

MaterialsWeek 2024 aims to bring together – for the first time – the numerous small and large Research and Innovation (R&I) communities that are driving advances in materials innovation manifested across diverse value chains and industrial markets.

By addressing all materials application sectors and R&I communities concerned with the (re-)discovery, identification, improvement, handling, processing, manufacturing, (re-)use and recycling of materials, MaterialsWeek 2024 provides a cross-disciplinary meeting venue for communication and collaboration over and beyond traditional community boundaries. The aim of the meeting is to combine insights, theories, and methods from different fields to address complex issues. In addition, the meeting will emphasise the fluidity of disciplinary boundaries and encourage the free flow of ideas and methods between different fields. This convergence aims to ultimately foster the best joint R&I approaches for meeting today’s challenges and innovation requirements, including, but not limited to, more sustainability, circularity and resilience in materials’ uses, higher reliability and efficiency in both R&I and sustainability assessment and safety testing of materials.

MaterialsWeek 2024 will highlight and address all relevant R&I aspects along different materials innovation chains, including from up-stream pre-competitive basic research to end-of-life, highlighting and elaborating solutions to the challenges arising in the context of the overarching policies (e.g. EU Green Deal, Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), Chips Act, Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), Bioeconomy Strategy, Critical Raw Material Act, to name but a few), and their targets (e.g. the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), decarbonisation).

In bringing the R&I communities of energy materials, graphene, nanotechnology, bioeconomy, lightweight materials, smart materials and other innovative materials together into a single, solution-driven environment embracing all advanced materials, MaterialsWeek 2024 aims to establish an interdisciplinary, collaborative ecosystem to jointly advance materials R&I through:

  • concepts, such as Safe-and-Sustainable- by-Design (SSbD), Industry Commons, Materials as a Service (MaaS),
  • cross-cutting approaches, such as digitalisation, digital twinning, standardisation/harmonisation, FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) and Open Data, and
  • policy approaches, such as circularity, climate change prevention and adaption, sustainability, and resilience, and science-policy dialogue and translation.

In essence, MaterialsWeek 2024 aims to be a catalyst for innovative and sustainable materials development by fostering collaboration & sharing insights across diverse R&I communities.

Call for contributions

Submissions for presentations (oral or poster) in Sessions 2 (Market Needs, Challenges & Opportunities for Materials R&I ) – 9 above are now open.
DEADLINE for Abstract Submission:  Wednesday, 20th March 2024, 17:00 CET.
For more information and abstract submission, please visit: