The 2nd International Congress on Advanced Materials hosted by Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China, has been demonstrated a great success (16-19th May 2013; http://am2013.ujs.edu.cn). The congress was the 2nd one of its kind sponsored by the International Union of Advanced Materials, along with the Chinese Advanced Materials Society.

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The scientific program has involved 600-plus participants, 700 full manuscripts and 315 abstracts from across the world. The opening ceremony was chaired by Professor Songjun Li (Jiangsu University, China), with the welcome address from the local deputy governor, along with the conference introduction by Professor Xiaonong Cheng (Jiangsu University, China), and the opening remarks by Professor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada) and Professor Sergey Piletsky (Cranfield University, UK).

Ten supporting journals, including Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials (Springer), Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly (Springer) Journal of the Chinese Advanced Materials Society (Taylor Francis), Journal of Energetic Materials (Taylor & Francis), Journal of Nano Research (Trans Tech), Polymers & Polymer Composites (Smithers Rapra), Current Organic Chemistry (Bentham Science), Key Engineering Materials (Trans Tech), The Open Electrochemistry Journal (Bentham Science), and American Journal of Environmental Science (Science publications) have included ca. 700 full manuscripts contributed and 315 abstracts. The host Jiangsu University has played an important role in helping run the organizing of this congress. The close cooperation between the host and other joint organizers including the University of Jinan, State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering (East China University of Science and Technology), and Hengyang Normal University have made feasible the completion of this conference.

The congress has been successful in not only scientific context but also social and cultural context. The conference site Zhenjiang is well known as the famous humanistic city in east China, which holds a 2500-year's history and has a splendid humanistic environment. The Jinshan Temple, a site originating the white-snake fairy tale, has received tourists as many as more than 400 million in the past decade. Many of tourists have left their tears behind when recalling the memory of the beautiful white-snake story. Some of them have also temporarily written their names in the inner wall of the template, in order to pay memorable tribute to their gods imagined and to envision a better perspective.

The 3rd International Congress on Advanced Materials will be run in 2015 but the conference place is currently under discussion and will be annouced soon through the websites of both the International Union of Advanced Materials (http://www.iuam.org) and the Chinese Advanced Materials Society (http://www.thecams.org). We look forward to welcoming all of you in the 3rd congress, again.