NIMS Conference 2012

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) is pleased to announce “NIMS Conference 2012” to be held from June 4 to 6 2012. The theme is “Structural Materials Science and Strategy for Sustainability - Back to the Basics“

Structural materials (e.g. metals, ceramics and polymers), which support the basis of our society such as infrastructure or transportation facilities, is essential for our secure, safe and affluent living. Also the structural materials should take full responsibility for the future and contribute to overcome the issues of the environment, energy and resources now emerging on a global scale. Their consumption and economic scale are far more predominant than those of other materials, and therefore, the social ripple effect can be significant. In addition, major disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on the March 11th, 2011, Tohoku and Kanto regions have suffered an unprecedented damage. Because of this disaster, subjects such as “verification and ensuring of structure reliability”, “securing of the safety of facility relevant to nuclear power” and “construction of a secure and safe society” became more serious concerns than they ever had been before. The structural materials should be evolved further more to fulfill these responsibilities.
 On the other hand, the research and development of structural materials have a long history and the accumulated enormous knowledge is a heritage for mankind. However, it is also true that the performance of structural materials has reached a plateau due to their long history. In order to break through this situation, we should free ourselves from the traditional and conventional concept, and revolutionary guiding principle should be needed by getting back to basics. Research of the structural materials is now facing at a huge turning point and we, the next generation, have to find out what should be accumulated on the achievements of predecessors.

NIMS is pleased to announce the NIMS Conference 2012, and young scientists for structural materials play a key role as a host. Under the theme of “Structural Materials Science and Strategy for Sustainability - Back to the Basics -“, we expect to have an extensive discussion on the issues of reconstruction from the disaster of the earthquake, verification of structure reliability, energy-saving materials and fundamental problems accompanying the development of materials for high safety.
During NIMS Conference, there will be a NIMS Award ceremony to praise the researchers who had made distinguished achievements in research and development in the field of structural materials, award-winning lectures, and plenary lectures by leading international scientists from all over the world, followed by 5 technical sessions.


Day 1: Plenary Lectures (Confirmed, 5 Speakers)

Dr. Jeff Hawk (The National Energy Technology Laboratory, DOE, USA)
Prof. Dierk Raabe (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung, GERMANY)
Prof. Nack Joon Kim (POSTECH, KOREA)
Prof. Yoshinao Mishima (Tokyo Institute of Technology, JAPAN)
Dr. Manabu Takahashi (Nippon Steel Corporation, JAPAN)

Day 2: Technical Session 1 (Confirmed, 4 Speakers)

Prof. Jenn-Ming Yang (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Dr. Shuichi Wakayama (Toyo Metropolitan University, JAPAN)
Dr. Florian Kauffmann (Materials Testing Institute, University of Stuttgart, GERMANY)
Prof. Kenji Higashida (Kyusyu University, JAPAN)

Day 2: Technical Session 2 (Tentative, 4 Speakers)

Prof. Michael Rohwerder (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschumg, GERMANY)
Prof. Masatoshi Sakairi (Hokkaido University, JAPAN)
Prof. Stefano Mischler (Materials Institute, EPFL, SWITZERLAND)
Prof. Christoph Leyens (Technische Universität Dresden, GERMANY)

Day 2 and 3: Technical Session 3 (Tentative, 14 Speakers)

Dr. Takashi Saito (Toyota, JAPAN)
Prof. David Rugg (Rolls-Royce, UK)
Prof. Kenji Uchino (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Prof. Hideki Kakizawa (The University of Tokyo, JAPAN)
Prof. Koichi Tsuchiya (NIMS, JAPAN)
Dr. Tohru Suzuki (NIMS, JAPAN)
Prof. Hideo Yoshinaga (Kyushu University, JAPAN)
Prof. Sean Agnew (University of Virginia, USA)
Prof. Ibrahim Karaman (Texas A&M University, USA)
Prof. Vaclav Vitek (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Prof. J. Nakano (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Prof. Minoru Nishida (Kyushu University, JAPAN)
Prof. Junichi Koike (Tohoku University, JAPAN)
Dr. Tadahiko Furuta (Toyota Central Research Institute, JAPAN)

Day 2 and 3: Technical Session 4 (Tentative, 14 Speakers)

Prof. Dominique Schryvers (University of Antwerp, BELGIUM)
Prof. Satoshi Hata (Kyushu University, JAPAN)
Prof. Yoshitaka Adachi (Kagoshima University, JAPAN)
Prof. Seong Gyoon Kim (Kunsan National University, KOREA)
Prof. Toshiyuki Koyama (Nagoya Institute of Technology, JAPAN)
Prof. Daryl C. Charzan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
EM. Prof. Gernot Kostorz (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, SWITZERLAND)
Prof. Masato Ohnuma (NIMS, JAPAN)
Prof. Andrew Minor (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Prof. Seiichiro Ii (NIMS, JAPAN)
Prof. James M. Howe (University of Virginia, USA)
Prof. Naoya Shibata (The University of Tokyo, JAPAN)
Prof. Tokuteru Uesugi (Osaka Prefectural University, JAPAN)
Prof. Masatake Yamaguchi (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, JAPAN)

Day 3: Technical Session 5 (Confirmed, 7 Speakers)

Prof. Isamu Nonaka (Tohoku University, JAPAN)
Prof. Toshiaki Ohtsuka (Hokkaido University, JAPAN)
Dr. Kazuhiro Kimura (NIMS, JAPAN)
Dr. Toshio Ogata (NIMS, JAPAN)
Dr. Yoshiyuki Furuya (NIMS, JAPAN)
Dr. Akira Tahara (NIMS, JAPAN)
Dr. Masayoshi Yamazaki (NIMS, JAPAN)


No registration fee required.
For all participants and students including NIMS staff, online pre-registration is highly recommended.
The registered participants can receive admission to all scientific sessions and abstract book.

Deadline: May 25, 2012 (Japan Time)

Please visit the NIMS Conference 2012 website to download the registration form.


NIMS Conference 2012 Secretariat
E-mail: [email protected]

c/o Academic Collaboration Office, External Collaboration Division
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0047 Japan

From 04 Jun 2012
Until 07 Jun 2012
Tsukuba, Japan
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