6-7 April, 2017


Current Trends in the Characterisation of Materials and Surface Modification

organized by EUSMAT, the European School of Materials in Saarbrücken

International Materials Research Meeting in the Greater Region

Research and transfer at the Greater Region has a strong focus in Materials Science, as demonstrated by the numerous activities at their renowned universities, research centers and transfer clusters. Moreover, through the long standing international cooperations of the EEIGM - École Européenne d'Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux and EUSMAT - European School of Materials, an international visibility has been achieved with strong collaborations in Europe and overseas.

The international Materials Research Meeting in the Greater Region is intended as a meeting place for researchers of the Greater Region as well as their partners of the different cooperation activities, like the EEIGM program, the 'Erasmus Mundus' Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Master programme (AMASE), the 'Erasmus Mundus' Doctoral Programme in Materials Science and Engineering (DocMASE) and the CREATe-Network. It corresponds also to the 9th EEIGM International Conference on Advanced Materials Research.

From the wide field of Materials Science and Engineering, the meeting will focus on one side on current trends of materials characterization, including all forms of microscopy, diffraction and spectroscopy with all sorts of probes such as electrons, ions, photons and neutrons, as well as techniques for characterization of properties, like for example indentation or AFM. On the other side, surface modification should include all types of coatings and structuring techniques as well as study of surface functionalities and properties.

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About the Greater Region

The Greater Region is the area of Saarland, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Wallonia and the rest of the French Community of Belgium, and the German-speaking Community of Belgium.It is situated between the Rhine, Moselle, Saar and Meuse rivers, has an overall area of 65,401 km2. Its population counts 11.2 million inhabitants.

In this region, a network of different universities was developed in the framework of the INTERREG project University of the Greater Region (UGR). A cross-border university network arose including the universities from Saarland, Trier, Lüttich, Luxembourg, Lothringen and the technical University of Kaiserslautern. About 115,000 students are enrolled in those universities and about 6,000 teachers and researchers are employed. The field of Materials Science and Engineering has a strong focus in most of the universities of the Greater Region and they are very well complemented by several renowned institutes, like for instance the Leibniz Institute of New Materials (INM), the Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), the Materials Engineering Center Saar (MECS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZfP), and the Institute for Surface and Thin Film Analysis (IFOS). A close cooperation within the network is provided, being one of the flagship-projects of the Greater Region. The INTERREG Project intermatGR allowed the identification and integration of further institutions in the field, like the Luxemburg Materials Clusters, the cluster Materialia in Metz and the Mecha Tech Cluster in Wallonia.

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PROGRAM: International Materials Research Meeting in the Greater Region  

Current Trends in the Characterisation of Materials and Surface Modification

The IMR-meeting includes scientific talks as well as poster presentations on both days. The meeting will be completed with a supporting program including visits of industrial places in the Greater region.

Scientific Committee: F. Mücklich, D. Bähre, M. Odén, J. Varna, Z. Ayadi, M. Anglada, J. F. Pierson, D. Horwat

Organizing Committee: F. Soldera, C. Heß, F. Lasserre, N. Kreutz, N. Lyubenova


Participants of the International Material Research Meeting in the Greater Region are invited to submit an extended two pages abstract.
If prefered the candidates could at first submit a short version (max 200 words) and after acceptance provide the extended version (See Important dates). The following template should be used.
The extended abstracts of the accepted contributions will be published in a book of abstracts.

Authors can additionally submit full papers. After a peer-review process, selected papers are intended to be published through the publishing company IOP Publishing which provides an open source online access to all of the published manuscripts. A final confirmation will follow in short time.


International Materials Research Meeting

Contact us

Saarbrücken, Germany

+49 681 302 70507


Registration are open, please submit your work!

The IMRM Meeting is free of charge for all persons, who are members of the EUSMAT partners' institutions. All other participants have to pay a fee of:

  • 200 €/ students
  • 400 €/ regular


Please select your/s Institution

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Barcelona Tech (UPC)
Linköping University
Luleå University of Technology
MIS&S National Univ. of Sci. and Tech.
Polytechnical University  of Valencia
Saarland University
University of Lorraine
Institut Jean Lamour


We would like to thank our sponsors, without whom our meeting would not be possible.

Erasmus Mundus