Opening Remark for the 2nd International Congress on Advanced Materials

Sergey A Piletsky

Chairman of the 2nd International Congress on Advanced Materials

Dear colleagues, it is my pleasure to greet you all as Chairman of the 2-d International Congress on Advanced Materials. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank the host of this meeting, Jiangsu University.

To our eminent speakers and participants who have come from all over the world, I bid you a very warm welcome to Zhenjiang. We are indeed honoured to have you here with us. We have about 600 participants from 40 countries gathered here today, making our conference a truly international event. The vast majority of delegates naturally come from China. Large delegations have also come from Europe (53 speakers) USA and Canada (21), Japan (19) and India (16). It’s good to be here and have the opportunity to talk about advanced materials in an international gathering like this one, because it is a topic that is becoming increasingly important in science, technology and in education.

One of the main reasons for world economic growth is the rise of the knowledge economy which has created a huge demand for novel materials with advanced functional properties as well as for a highly qualified labour force. So this conference gives us an excellent opportunity to see where we are and who we are, what challenges lie ahead and decide where we are going.

I know you all share my excitement regarding the scientific programme. It is gratifying to note that the agenda of the Congress covers a wide range of very interesting topics relating to nanotechnology, polymers, materials for energy generation, biomaterials and composites, as well as advanced materials for optical engineering and microelectronics. We have a slightly unusual arrangement at this meeting in that a large percentage of the delegates will deliver oral presentations – 230 lecturers in total. This is done in the belief that the future of science lies in collaboration. Thus it is important to become familiar not only with a particular piece of research but also with the persons who are developing it. We would strongly advise all delegates therefore to use their time wisely, not only during the presentations, but also during the breaks, lunchtimes and evenings to talk to the presenters. Basically, the main purpose of a Congress such as this is the exchange of ideas and to allow the delegates to build lasting and fruitful collaborations.

Thank you once again for the interest you have shown – and thank you for coming from near and far to participate in, what I am sure will be lively discussions, that will take place over the next few days.