Writing for MRS Meeting Scene 2019!

A2i-191A summery hello from Raleigh, North Carolina! My name is Kony Chatterjee and I am a PhD student in the Fiber and Polymer Science Program at North Carolina State University's Wilson College of Textiles. My research focuses on smart textiles and flexible electronics, and I am presenting our research on flexible fiber-based sensors at MRS Spring 2019's Session EP04.15: Soft Electronics - Manufacturing and Design II. My presentation is on April 26, 2019 from 4:30pm. 

Given all the research around smart textiles, I am especially excited about sessions on Functional Materials and Applications for Soft Electronics, Wearable Sensors and Devices, Robotics Prosthetics and Eskin, and Soft and Stretchable Systems and Applications. The meeting is just a few days away and as someone who has never attended an MRS conference or been to Phoenix, I am doubly excited to do two new things for an entire week! It's also really exciting to be able to blog during the conference and convey some of the exciting research coming up in the next few days. To know more about the various symposia and meeting clusters, you can click here


However, it isn't just the research that is going to be a great experience, but also the various events and activities organized over the entire week from April 22 - 26, 2019. I have already signed up for the MRS Career Fair and the Women in Materials Science and Engineering Breakfast! Additionally, I am also looking forward to all the great posters and awards and talks that will be going on during the meeting. To know more about the various activities and events that will happen at the MRS Spring 2019 Meeting & Exhibit, click here

To connect with me, you can reach out on LinkedIn and to know more about my publications, you can visit my Google Scholar link here. Excited to see everyone at the upcoming Spring Meeting! 

Special message for #s19mrs

The 2019 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting & Exhibit, in Phoenix, Arizona is being held on April 22-26, 2019 with 59 symposia and several tutorialsprofessional development seminars, information on accessing National Laboratory User Facilitiesoutreach opportunities, and numerous other activities and events. Award presentations include studies in catalysis, nanomaterials, and bioelectronics; and the plenary session features the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science.

Many exhibitors will feature products and services at the Meeting. Exhibit hours are Tuesday, 2:00-7:00 pm and Wednesday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm, in the North Building of the Phoenix Convention Center, 300 Level, Halls C-E.

The Meeting App is available to help schedule your activities.

During the meeting, MRS will post news and highlights by on-the-spot reporters on this Meeting Scene blog. The news will also be distributed daily in the Meeting Scene newslettersubscribe here.

ALSO - Share your experiences at #s19mrs!

S19 Phoenix

Making the most out of MRS Meetings

Rahim Munir and Ahmed E. Mansour have previously posted a blog piece about how to make the most out of conferences, particularly geared toward the young professional. Their suggestions continue to be relevant for this spring’s MRS Meeting, though you should look to the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting website for updates to the app and to special events and activities. The hashtag is #s19mrs 

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Science communication (#scicomm) is about “working a room” to start conversations with others in your field, publishing scientific research, or talking about materials research with the general public. Each instance, however, requires a different set of skills. Three sessions are offered on the first day of the Meeting to start off the week in communicating science.    

Networking for Nerds—Become a Networking Rock Star

Monday, April 22
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
PCC North, 200 Level, Room 224 B

Learn the secrets of being a master networker—how to cultivate strategic, mutually beneficial relationships, find people to add to your networks, “work a room,” start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory.


Communicating Science to Public Audiences—Science Communication Workshop

Monday, April 22
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 128 A

This session is designed to increase confidence in scientists as they communicate their work and become part of a community of researchers who share an interest in science outreach and engagement.


Essentials of Getting Your Work Published

Monday, April 22
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 A

Learn the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing from MRS journal Editors-in-Chief. Not only are they leading researchers in their field, but they share a dedication to high-quality content, editorial integrity, and scientific scholarship.

Limited seating!

A number of events happening Monday (April 22) – the first day of the Meeting – require pre-registration. While the event is part of the Meeting, seating is limited.

Designing Sustainability into Materials Research Workshop

Many sustainability initiatives focus on technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. This workshop expands upon sustainability to include limiting sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development.


National Laboratory User Facilities—How to Get Access for Your Research

This workshop will bring you in direct contact with cutting-edge characterization facilities in the United States and Germany, and will support you with planning your research visit there. Networking reception to follow.


TWO EVENTS on WEDNESDAY also require prior registration:

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast

The MRS Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast event is intended to promote interaction across various ethnic, cultural and gender boundaries and facilitate dialog among women (and men) working in or pursuing education toward a profession in materials science or engineering.


PowerPoint Karaoke




Paula T. Hammond featured in #seeHER US public service announcement

In celebration of Women's History Month in the US (March), the #seeHER movement features materials researcher Paula T. Hammond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her work on nanomaterials in drug-delivery systems. For more details on this work, see the MRS-TV interview with Prof. Hammond about her Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecture given at the Plenary session during the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting.