MGI Grand Challenges Summit

The Materials Genome Initiative was announced by the Administration in June 2011 with the intent to increase US global competitiveness by significantly accelerating the pace at which new materials are discovered, developed, and transitioned into manufactured products.  The path to reaching this objective is by integration of materials models, experiments, and data throughout the materials lifecycle--from discovery through component design and manufacture, to system sustainment.  To achieve these ends, the design and building of infrastructural capabilities must be informed by a deep understanding of the critical materials problems that we seek to solve with the Materials Genome Initiative – the grand challenges that are most urgent in helping to achieve National goals and improve our economic competitiveness. 

On November 19 and 20, 2013, at the Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research (IBBR), in Rockville, Maryland, the Materials Genome Initiative is conducting the Grand Challenges Summit: Soft Materials. The purpose of this workshop is to identify those key challenges and opportunities where the Materials Genome Initiative should focus its efforts. This workshop is the second in the series and follow on workshops will focus on different subsets of materials classes.

The workshop is limited to 150 participants, representing thought-leaders from across industry, academia, and government laboratories.  In order to focus the discussion across the vast range of materials systems, four sectors, with viewpoints balanced across the academic-industrial-government spectrum, have been selected for examination:

  • Polymers
  • Biomaterials
  • Organic Electronics
  • Composite materials

Summit Format: 
The 1.5 day format includes introductory plenary lectures the first morning, followed by sector breakouts in the afternoon to identify sector-specific challenges. The second day will be comprised of additional discussion, concluding with a plenary focused on the sector breakout reports.  The workshop is scheduled to end around noon on November 20th.

Attendance is free however, registration is required in order to attend due to limited seating. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and shuttles to and from the contracted hotels and the workshop location, as well as to Reagan National and Dulles International Airports on November 20th.