Meeting Format & Dissemination of Information
The Meeting over 5 days is based on a series of events that include each morning filled entirely with Plenary Sessions of full length papers and some afternoon Workshops targeting particular major themes and key issues. Workshops are led by leaders in the field who will "kick-off" with an overview of the problem followed by intensive discussion. In addition, there will be a Master Class or two presented by an outstanding lecturer on topics of their choice that are pertinent to the Meeting. Thorough discussion and constructive argument follow them all. Opportunities are included in the Program for setting up small specialised Discussion Groups to foster closer collaboration between individuals, and to initiate joint research programs between organizations. Full length papers (not to exceed 20 pages) will be published in the Journal of Materials Science by Springer.
Not to be underestimated are the conducive surroundings of the Meeting to encourage informal conversation and to provide opportunities for the planning of future co-operation in research and industrial development. Towards these ends, there will be a Welcome Reception and Conversazione on the Sunday evening and special Reception and Meeting Dinner on the Thursday evening. In addition, all delegates will dine at lunchtime and in the evening to stimulate further discussion and interaction.
Spouses are encouraged to attend all of these informal occasions.