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Attendees had the chance to experience not one but two conferences this past week. The 2nd Global Forum on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Development (GFMAT-2) and the 4th International Conference on Innovations in Biomaterials, Biomanufacturing and Biotechnologies (Bio-4) took place in tandem July 21–26 in Toronto, Canada.
More than 360 people, including 50 students, from 31 countries traveled to Toronto to attend GFMAT-2 and Bio-4. This year marks the first time the two conferences were held jointly.
The combined conference opened Sunday night with a welcome reception, and began in earnest Monday morning with plenaries given by five distinguished scientists from around the world—Serena Best (University of Cambridge, U.K.), Mrityunjay Singh (Ohio Aerospace Institute, U.S.), Xingdong Zhang (Sichuan University, China), Claude Delmas (Bordeaux Institute of Condensed-Matter Chemistry, France), and Robert Pilliar (University of Toronto, Canada). After each plenary, conference organizing chair Tatsuki Ohji presented the speakers with commemorative ceramic plates.
On Tuesday, a symposium was held in honor of Delbert E. Day, a luminary in the field of glass for healthcare applications. The symposium provided researchers a forum in which to discuss work similar and related to research conducted by Day, and to talk about how their personal relationships with Day have influenced them far beyond just research.
In addition to the plenaries and Day symposium, numerous technical sessions provided looks into a wide array of topics, including eco-materials, innovative processing, and energy storage on the GFMAT side, and biomaterials for medical devices and dentistry on the Bio side.
On Tuesday night, about 50 people presented at the poster session, hosted by the Global Graduate Researcher Network. During the Thursday night conference dinner, three students were awarded the Student Poster Awards sponsored by Mo-Sci: Andrey Tikhonov (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Natsuki Okajima (National Institute of Technology, Toyama College), and Ilknur Eryilmaz (Institut national de la recherche scientifique INRS).
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