Taking a look back

History of WMRIF

In June 2005, the 1st World Materials Research institute Forum (WMRIF) was organized by an initiative of NIMS in Japan. The 2nd WMRIF Forum was held at BAM in Berlin (Germany), in June 2007. At this meeting, Prof. Kishi (NIMS, Japan), the first director of the organization initiated seven working groups. It was decided that these groups should play the main role in looking for solutions to challenges in the study of material science and to further promote collaboration. Currently, more than 44 institutes for material science research from 21 countries are the participants of WMRIF. WMRIF is growing into a potent organization with an influence in developing international strategies in the field of materials study. From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Böllinghaus, Vicepresident of BAM, Berlin, held the presidency of WMRIF. During the 6th General Assembly, held at LLNL, CA, USA, Dr. Laurie E. Locascio, Director of the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory was elected 3rd President of WMRIF.

  • WMRIF 2015
    Location: Pleasonton, California, U.S.A.
    Participants: 12 countries (21 organizations)
  • WMRIF 2013
    Location: Dübendorf, Switzerland
    Participants: 13 countries (24 organizations)
  • WMRIF 2011
    Location: Shenyang, China
    Participants: 14 countries (29 organizations)
  • WMRIF 2009
    Location: Washington D.C., USA
    Participants: 19 countries (28 organizations)
  • WMRIF 2007
    Location: Berlin, Germany
    Participants: 20 countries (31 organizations)
  • WMRIF 2005 (Two meetings)
    Location: Tsukuba, Japan
    Participants: 8 countries (15 organizations)