XIV SBPMat Meeting: message from the chairmen.

Dear readers,

We hope to see you at the XIV Brazilian Materials Research Society Annual Meeting, that will be held on 27 September to 1 October 2015, in Rio de Janeiro. This year the meeting congregates almost 2,000 participants and has 2,325 accepted abstracts. The XIV Annual Meeting is comprised of 26 symposia, 2 workshops and one symposium organized by the University Chapters. The program also includes 7 plenary lectures.

After 13 years of the first annual meeting of SBPMat today’s figures are impressive. At that meeting, also held in Rio de Janeiro, they were 5 symposia, one workshop and no more than 300 participants.

The present edition of the Annual Meeting covers almost all relevant areas of research in Materials Science. The Opening Ceremony will be followed by the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”, about the importance of macromolecular materials, by Professor Eloisa Biasotto Mano. During the Closing Ceremony, the symposium coordinators will honor students with the “Bernard Gross Award” for the best poster and best oral presentation of each symposium, the IUMRS (International Union of Materials Research Societies) Award for the three best posters among the set of the works awarded with Bernhard Gross, and the Horiba Award for the best oral presentation and best poster of the Meeting. Also during the Closing Ceremony, the E-MRS (European Materials Research Society) Award will be granted to the best oral presentation and to the two best posters of symposium C: Nanoscaled Materials: characterization techniques and applications.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we would like to thank the Brazil-MRS staff and board, the funding agencies, the symposium coordinators, the local, organizing and scientific committee members, for the commitment and great effort to make this Meeting possible.

We hope that the participants will have a very pleasant Meeting with stimulating exchange of scientific information and establishment of new collaborations.

Marco Cremona and Fernando Lázaro Freire Jr.

Conference Chairs