2015 is an important year for all of us. We are taking stock of the accomplishments based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in the year 2000. The results of these efforts are immensely positive. In most countries around the globe, extreme poverty and hunger have been reduced, and infant, child, and maternal mortality have decreased. Girls have better access to primary schooling, progress has been made in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, access to safe drinking water and sanitation has improved, and more information and knowledge is available to more people via the internet than ever before. However, not all goals have been achieved and some regions have benefitted less, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
The period marked by the MDGs will end in December 2015. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is working intensely on a new set of goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in the second half of September 2015. The new set of goals, despite their similarity in some aspects, go beyond the MDGs in that (a) the formulation and focus of the goals are more encompassing, explicitly requiring active participation from wealthy and poor nations alike, and that (b) the overall focus is shifting away from ameliorating the situation of poor and underdeveloped regions and societies toward improving the sustainability of global economic and social development while concurrently protecting the environment.
E-MRS Fall Meetings provide an international forum to discuss recent advances in the field of materials science. This year the conference is again being held in the Central Campus of the Warsaw University of Technology and is the 14th E-MRS Fall Meeting to be held in Warsaw since 2002. The conference will consist of:
Materials Weekend 2015 is a joint event of Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) – European Materials Research Society (EMRS) under umbrella of European Material Forum (EMF).
Materials Weekend 2015 focuses on 5 activities:
The EUROMAT conferences have been held every two years since 1989, and have an increased record of bringing together up to 2000 researchers, scientists, trainees, and students from both academia and industry to discuss critical developments and perspectives in the field of materials science and technology and their applications. In 2015, the EUROMAT will be organized in Poland, at Warsaw University of Technology.
The symposia within the conference will be grouped under the main headings: (A) Functional Materials, (B) Structural Materials, (C) Processing, (D) Characterization and Modelling, (E) Energy and Environment, and (F) Biomaterials and Healthcare, and there will be additional contributions on (G) Education, Technology Transfer and Strategic Materials. The programme will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions and poster presentations. An industrial exhibition will accompany the event and a social program as well.
The Conference on Biomedical Engineering Innovation 2015 (ICBEI2015) will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, October 30~ November 03, 2015. This conference, as a sub-conference of the International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technology Innovation 2015 (IMETI2015), will provide relevant and practical information about this exciting and thriving new technology, and its various applications to Biomedical Engineering related topics. All participants will obtain a familiarity with the various applications of Biomedical Engineering, recent and foreseen advancements.
Authors are encourged to submit a manuscript to the special issue "Selected Papers from ICBEI2015" (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/materials/special_issues/ICBEI2015) of our journal Materials.