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Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) is the conference of conferences. It “brings together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers and more to discuss current research and technical applications, and to shape the future of materials science and technology,” according to the website. Really? Science, students, and suppliers in the same space? What more could you want?

The 2014 conference of conferences—MS&T14—will take over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., October 12–16.

Fun fact about the David L.: The convention center just happens to be the only one in the world that is LEED gold certified in new construction and LEED platinum certified in existing building, and reinforces its commitment to environmentally friendly operations through its Green First initiative. So prepare to go green in the city of black and gold. It’s an MS&T must.


The technical program for MS&T14 includes 12 theme areas that cover a lot of ground. To read more on this year’s themes or to get a list of presentations and abstracts for each, follow the links below.

In addition to the opportunity to hear about new research, talk about your own research, and network, the conference will feature exhibits, great activities, short courses, and lots more.

If you’re a student, travel grants can help get you to MS&T14. Once there, you’ll have the opportunity to propel your career forward with potential employers at the Professional Recruitment & Career Pavilion. There are also extra student events, including a Mug Drop contest, Ceramic Disc Golf contest, poster contests, and more.

Registration will open in June, so be sure to check back soon to secure your spot.

And although MS&T14 is still a few months away, it’s never too early to start looking toward the future. MS&T15 will be held October 4–8, 2015, in Ohio’s capital city of Columbus (also home to ACerS headquarters). Got a great content idea? Symposium proposals for MS&T15 are accepted through May 31, 2014, so be sure to submit your proposal pronto!

MS&T is jointly organized by ACerS, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International, and the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). NACE International will cosponsor MS&T14 and MS&T15, and the Materials Society of CIM (MetSoc) will be on board for MS&T15.

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