13th FEMS Junior EUROMAT

As part of its program aimed at fostering the next generation talents in advanced materials and nanotechnology, the Centre for the Strategic Studies in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology of the Materials Research Society of Serbia supported two young researchers, Dr. Zoran Jovanović and Vuk Radmilović, to attend the 13th FEMS JUNIOR EUROMAT CONFERENCE, held in Lausanne Switzerland, on 10-14 July 2016. We asked them to share thier impressions with us.


Dr. Zoran Jovanović

Laboratory of Physics, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Junior EUROMAT conference is one of the flagship events of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) and a major event for young materials scientists and engineers across Europe. This biannual conference has traditionally been held in Lausanne since its inception back in 1992. This year, from 10th to 14th of July, the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was a meeting point of about 300 young investigators, invited speakers and guests from across Europe and beyond. The event was organized by EPFL through the Materials Department, Powder Technology Laboratory in close collaboration with FEMS.

I had an opportunity to participate at the Junior EUROMAT 2016 conference thanks to support of Material Research Society of Serbia (MRS Serbia) as a reward for talk: „The deoxidation of silicon surface using strontium oxide deposited with the PLD technique“ by Z. Jovanović, M. Spreitzer and D. Suvorov, presented at the 14th Young Researchers Conference - Materials Science and Engineering, 14YRC 2015.

At the opening ceremony, the participants of Junior EUROMAT 2016 were welcomed by Dr.-Ing.Margarethe Hofmann-Amtenbrink (former FEMS president) followed by Brett C Suddell, FEMS president, who provided details about the conference. The conference was structured in three parallel sessions on 11 and 12 July, with both short and more extended presentations, as well as with poster presentations. The conference covered the many different aspects of materials science and engineering, with six thematic areas:

  • Functional Materials
  • Structural Materials
  • Design, Processing, Manufacturing & Recycling
  • Energy, Transportation and Environment
  • Life Science and Health
  • Modelling and Characterization

On 13 July, the FEMS Lecturer Award Session, the Poster Awards and a Panel Discussion with stakeholders from industry, research and European organizations took place.

Among many interesting talks the opening address of prof. em. Wilfried Kurz, Honorary Member of FEMS and former FEMS President,EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland on: „The Real and the Virtual – do we need professional societies in the age of social media?“ was especially interesting due to historical overview of the development of professional societies. It was stressed that professional societies are irreplaceable even in modern times when the virtual contact is present on a daily-basis.

Also, the talk of Willem Bulthuis (Global High-Tech Executive, Business Angel, Digitization Advisor) „Can Start-ups play a role in Materials Science and Industry?“ was promoting the importance of synergy between 'excellent science' and 'industrial leadership'. In his talk the author emphasized the possibilities and challenges appearing in the process of technology transfer from academia to market/industry.  



The breaks between the sessions and at the end of the day were the opportunity for meetings combining scientific discussions and relaxing societal exchange. 

On the final day of conference, various tutorials were held by leading experts to improve knowledge on a broad spectrum of fields. In this way the Junior EUROMAT 2016 promoted both research and innovation in a synergistic way so that excellence in science and industrial leadership interact together. Finally, at the end of conference, the most successful participants were awarded with valuable prizes by organizer and sponsors.

The next Junior EUROMAT 2018 conference will be organized by Hungarian Society of Materials Science and will be held in Budapest, Hungary. To be informed in more detail about past and future events please visit www.fems.org



Vuk Radmilović

Innovation Center, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


JUNIOR EUROMAT is an international conference mainly designed for young materials scientists and engineers, not necessarily just from Europe, but from Africa, Asia and the Americas as well. Its roots go back to 1992 and, since then, the conference has been held every two years, making this year’s conference lucky number 13. From July 10 to 14, 2016, for the first time, JUNIOR EUROMAT was organized by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Materials Department, Powder Technology Laboratory in close collaboration with Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) with Heinrich Hofmann and Margarethe Hofmann heading the organizing committee. The conference featured over 160 oral presentations and over 70 poster presentations from young scientists, divided into several thematic categories: 1) Functional Materials, 2) Structural Materials, 3) Design, Processing, Manufacturing and Recycling, 4) Energy, Transport and Environment, 5) Modeling and Characterization and 6) Life Sciences, Nanomedicine and Health. Oral presentations were held in different forms, of 5, 12 and 15 minutes, simultaneously in different lecture halls, while posters were displayed in the hallways although 1 minute presentations were held by authors in order to invite interested parties to visit their posters. Besides oral presentations by young researchers, plenary lectures were held by experienced and well-established scientists as well as tutorials, with various topics, both general and specific to an area of research.

I gave a 15-minute presentation with the title “Ag/AZO Core/Shell Nanowires for Solar Cell Applications” on the 3rd day of the conference (July 12th) in the session Energy, Transport and Environment, with Michel Basista and Anke Rita Kaysser-Pyzalla as the session chairs. My talk consisted of introducing the audience to the seriousness of the global energy problem and how the choice of solar energy is the only way to deal with this problem. Subsequently, I went on to present results from my research which included dedicated microscopy characterization of nanowelded silver nanowires covered by a layer of aluminum doped zinc oxide which have an application as transparent electrodes in photovoltaics i.e. solar cells. After the talk, I received some interesting questions from colleagues which, after the session, continued with an insightful discussion.

Listening to quite a few presentations, I found that the most interesting ones, similar to my area of research, were “Microstructural evolution of K0.5Na0.5NbO3 thin films by in-situ TEM sintering” by Manuela A. C. Fernandes of CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal who nicely showed the potential of transmission electron microscopy and the poster presentation of Nataša Samardžić, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, entitled “Fabrication and characterization of ink-jet printed TiO2 based memristors” who presented a simple processing method for developing memristors with excellent properties. It was very interesting to observe that quite a few presentations were from the field of metallurgy, which was quite unexpected, at least from my part.

Since I have received the award for “Best Oral Presentation of the 17th Annual MRS-Serbia Conference YUCOMAT 2015”, allowing me to participate in JUNIOR EUROMAT 2016, I would like to thank Materials Research Society (MRS) of Serbia and the YUCOMAT conference. Additionally, I would like to thank the scientific and organizing committees of JUNIOR EUROMAT 2016, which were responsible for the content, and structure of the conference, which was a great success and a unique experience. Because of this fact, I am delighted to say that I was very grateful to be a part of the conference, which opened new doors and gave new insights for my research and professional career in general. The next JUNIOR EUROMAT will be held in Budapest, Hungary in 2018 and I encourage young scientists to participate in this great event!

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