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International organization for material science based on a global network of collaborative research

In June 2005, the first president's meeting of the global material research institutes was held at NIMS with the participation of presidents from 15 material research institutes from 8 countries. In this meeting, establishment of the World Materials Research Institute Forum (WMRIF) was declared. WMRIF is an organization to develop a worldwide network of material research institutes and to support innovations in the field of material research through mutual information exchanges and shared use of research facilities. Further, it serves as a forum for lively discussions on global strategies related to material science in the future.

WMRIF History

In the 2nd WMRIF presidents' meeting held in June 2007 in Berlin, Germany, former NIMS president Prof. Kishi, now NIMS advisor, was appointed as the first president of the organization. Under his initiative, seven working groups were organized and it was decided that these groups should play the main role in looking for solutions to challenges on materials science and to further promote collaboration.
Prof. Kishi was appointed as Honorary President in the general assembly held in Shenyang, 2011. Now, NIMS is a member of Presidential Boad of WMRIF. Currently, 50 research institutes from 21 countries are the participants of WMRIF. WMIRIF is growing into a potent organization with an influence in developing international strategies in the field of material study.

"Honorary PresidentProf. Teruo KISHI" Image

Honorary President
Prof. Teruo KISHI


  • WMRIF 2005; venue: NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan
    Participant: 15 institutes from 8 countries
  • WMRIF 2007; venue: BAM, Berlin, Germany
    Participant: 31 institutes from 20 countries
  • WMRIF 2009; venue: NIST, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
    Particioant: 28 institutes from 19 countries
  • WMRIF 2011; venue: IMR, Shenyang, China
    Particioant: 29 institutes from 14 countries
  • WMRIF 2013; venue: EMPA, Duebendorf, Switzerland
    Particioant: 24 institutes from 13 countries
  • WMRIF 2015; venue: LLNL, Pleasanton, USA
    Particioant: 21 institutes from 12 countries

WMRIF General Assembly

"6th WMRIF General Assembly participants" Image

6th WMRIF General Assembly participants


WMRIF has held the general assembly accompanied by the symposium highlighting current hot topics every other year.
6th WMRIF General Assembly was held at Lawrence Livermore Natioanl Laborator(LLNL)in California, USA in September 2015.The theme of the symposium was "Computational Materials Science, Characterization and Critical Materials". 
 

WMRIF International Workshop for Young Scientists

WMRIF has also held the international workshop targeting young scientists every other year.
The next workshop will be held in November 2016, Tsukuba Japan hosted by NIMS. The theme of the WS is "Structual Materials for Innovation and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering for their Developments".

Challenges for WMIRF

To promoting material strategies to address environmental and energy issues, WMRIF has determined the following items as its main emphases. WMIRF is committed to accelerating the establishment of a structure to achieve these objectives based on global networking.
  • Creation of a research resources map for collaborations
  • Joint creation of a technology outlook
  • Education and training for young scientists
  • Shared use of databases
  • Collaboration in research


Member of WMRIF

(50 institutes from 21 countries, As of April, 2016)


Inquiries about WMRIF

WMRIF Administrative Office
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, JAPAN
TEL.+81-(0)-29-859-2000
FAX.+81-(0)-29-859-2029