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

2020.05.07 Update

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 President
Prof. Teruo KISHI

venue: NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan Participant: 15 institutes from 8 countries
venue: BAM, Berlin, Germany Participant: 31 institutes from 20 countries
venue: NIST, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Participant: 28 institutes from 19 countries
venue: IMR, Shenyang, China Participant: 29 institutes from 14 countries
venue: EMPA, Duebendorf, Switzerland Participant: 24 institutes from 13 countries
venue: LLNL, Pleasanton, USA Participant: 21 institutes from 12 countries
venue: MTEC, Bangkok, THAILAND Participant: 13 institutes from 11 countrie
venue: MTA, Budapest, HUNGARY Participant: 16 institutes from 11 countries

WMRIF General Assembly

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 6th international workshop was 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)


China Institute of Physics (IOP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS(*Open in new window))
Institute of Metal Research (IMR), CAS(*Open in new window)
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (SIC), CAS(*Open in new window)
Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (FJIRSM), CAS(*Open in new window)
Central Iron & Steel Research Institute (CISRI)(*Open in new window)
Shanghai Research Institute of Materials (SRIM)(*Open in new window)
National Center for Materials Service Safety (NCMS), University of Science and Technology of China (USTB)(*Open in new window)
India Jawaharalal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)(*Open in new window)
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR)(*Open in new window)
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)(*Open in new window)
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)(*Open in new window)
Korea Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)(*Open in new window)
Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS)(*Open in new window)
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)(*Open in new window)
Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS)(*Open in new window)
Japan National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)(*Open in new window)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)(*Open in new window)
Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)(*Open in new window)
Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), Ministry of Economic Affairs(*Open in new window)
Singapore Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR(*Open in new window)
Thailand National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), TISTR(*Open in new window)
Vietnam Institute of Materials Science (IMS), VAST(*Open in new window)

Inquiries about WMRIF

WMRIF Administrative Office
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan