MWN interview in Germany

Community Building
Materials World Network

The Materials World Network (MWN) was launched in 1995 after working with NSF to generate a framework of collaborative agreements between NSF and its counterparts around the world. The program leveled at $43 million a year to benefit the global materials community.

International Conference - Doha, 2005


More than 80 scientists and educators from 11 countries attended this “working” conference to develop strategies to:

  1. Build regional capacity in Materials Research and Education;
  2. Stimulate regional collaborations; and
  3. Foster international cooperation.

Leading Materials researchers and educators were invited to contribute their experience and viewpoints throughout the conference.

Participants identified the need to coordinate research collaborations, pool resources, and build a strong MSE community in the region, leading to key recommendations to leverage the future trends and opportunities in materials research and applications.

Forum on Europe-USA Collaborations in Materials Research, 2005, Strasbourg, France

This all-day event was held to increase awareness of the joint NSF-Europe/NSF-EC program in materials and showcase the latest research being produced under this program.

US-European teams displayed research posters. Invited speakers from Spain, Sweden, and the US shared experience with international collaborations. US and European agency representatives took questions from the audience. Panels of US and European researchers shared experience and best practices in two areas: research needs and facilities sharing and student and faculty exchanges.

Symposium - MWN: The Next Ten Years, 2005, Cancun, Mexico

At the 10th anniversary celebration of the MWN, more than 100 researchers, educators and government representatives brainstormed potential projects that would leverage the collective strength of MWN to address critical global challenges.

This collective planning process identified four network strands: materials research, materials education, facilities sharing, and database development. The MWN also established the Global School for Advanced Studies (GSAS), a flagship project.