B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 12.

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 4, issue 12. December 19th, 2017.
New Year´s message

ano novo 2018

With this New Year’s message, I greet the entire B-MRS community in Brazil and abroad.

2017 was especially difficult for the areas of science, technology and innovation in Brazil, and B-MRS has aligned itself with other scientific societies by echoing voices calling for more responsible policies by governments in our sector. It has been a difficult battle to convince leaders regarding the growing importance of research investment, given that society increasingly relies on knowledge to achieve sustainable development. For a country with so much social inequality, such as Brazil, there is no alternative means to create and incorporate technologies to improve the lives of the population. We all need to join in and repeat the slogan advocated by many of our colleagues: “Science is not an expense. It’s an investment!”

Despite the difficulties, the Brazilian scientific community has shown remarkable resilience. For B-MRS, for example, 2017 was marked by an excellent Meeting in Gramado, whose scientific level was equivalent to the best international meetings in materials science and engineering. The Meeting was also an exceptional opportunity to bring together researchers from Latin America, as well as from other continents, as part of B-MRS’s effort to position itself on the international landscape. In this regard, perhaps the greatest highlight of the year was the participation of Brazilian postdoctoral researchers at the Forum for Young Researchers in Strasbourg, France, organized by the European Society for Materials Research (E-MRS) and by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). These postdoctoral fellows were selected in a competitive national contest.

It is always gratifying to follow over the year, in the B-MRS Newsletter, some of the achievements and contributions of Brazilian researchers in various materials areas. In 2017, much was done in Brazil, a demonstration of the strength of our community.

I end by thanking the B-MRS community, with heartfelt wishes for health and success in 2018, hoping to meet many of you in Natal (state of Rio Grande do Norte), from September 16 to 20, in our next Meeting.

Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior
President of B-MRS

XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 20, 2018)

natal news

Call for symposium proposals. Researchers from the international scientific community may submit symposium proposals by January 31, 2018. Know more.

Exhibitors and sponsors. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths and other dissemination modes may contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br. Until December 22 there are discounts for the booths and for sponsorship quotas.

Chairman. The meeting chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli, from the Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra.


B-MRS election process

The Electoral Commission encourages B-MRS members who are interested in participating in the process to register an Executive Board or express interest in joining the Council, by writing to eleicoes2017@sbpmat.org.br until December 22.

More info.


B-MRS news

The president of B-MRS, Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr (IFSC-USP), was against the suggestion in the report from the World Bank to end the tuition-free public higher education institutes in Brazil. His argument, along with that of 43 other representatives of scientific and academic entities, was published in the Jornal da Ciência. See here.

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News from the community

Four B-MRS members were part of a select international group of young researchers that participated in a forum and a summit on materials research in Strasbourg (France). Topics related to materials innovations for a sustainable society and a global circular economy were discussed in the events. In a short interview, the young B-MRS members shared with us their experience in Strasbourg. See here.

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Co-founder of B-MRS awarded the “Global Ambassador” of the American Ceramic Society. Know more.



  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideo (Uruguay). April, 13 – 14, 2018. Site.
  • 6º Encontro Nacional de Engenharia Biomecânica (ENEBI 2018). Águas de Lindoia, SP (Brazil). May, 8 – 11, 2018. Site.
  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 8, 2018. Site.
  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August, 19 – 24, 2018. Site.
  • XVII B-MRS Meeting. Natal, RN (Brazil). September 16 – 20, 2018. Call for symposium proposals.
  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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