Chemmat’s Professor Wei Gao (Left), Professor Stuart McCutcheon Vice Chancellor of the University of Auckland

The 2nd International Symposium of Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Devices (MMPD2019) was held in the Science Building at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from 15–17 February.

The conference was organized by the University of Auckland, and co-organized by several universities including Tsinghua University, Southwest Jiao Tong University, Changzhou Institute of Technology, and Jiangsu University of Science and Technology. Co-sponsored by the Society of Materials New Zealand, Auckland UniServices, and the New Zealand Chinese Scientists Association.

Professor Wei Gao and Associate Professor Peng Cao co-chaired the conference, with Dr Saifang Huang as the Conference Secretariat. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Auckland Professor Stuart McCutcheon opened the conference on 16 February. During his welcome speech, he emphasized the importance of materials research and international collaborations in our technological society, and the close collaborations of the University of Auckland with Chinese Universities and Research Organizations.

This conference attracted 180 delegates from over 60 institutions across the world, from countries including China, Australia, USA, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, France, India, and New Zealand. There were 4 Plenary Lectures, 35 Keynote lectures and 51 invited talks and posters.

This conference provided an international platform for scientists, engineers and research students to exchange their innovative ideas and discuss new findings and achievements in their work related to advanced materials, materials processing technologies and applications.

There were 3 conference rooms to hold 10 seminar sessions, including (1) Structural materials and manufacturing technologies, (2) Advanced processing technologies, (3) Advanced functional materials, (4) Energy-related materials, (5) Advanced biomaterials, (6) Materials and technologies for devices, (7) Films and coatings, (8) Nanostructured materials and environmental applications, and (10) Interactions in Materials.

A Workshop on New Zealand-China Tripartite Collaboration was held during the conference on the 16th of February. The delegations from “Three Brothers” – Tsinghua University, Qinghai University and the University of Auckland attended the Workshop. Professors Wei Gao, Mei Shengwei and Wang Changan presented their work on the tripartite collaboration projects, and discussed further development of joint research on innovations of energy materials and environmental technologies.

A large number of young scientists and postgraduate students attended the conference. They gained a lot of knowledge during the conference from experienced materials scientists. This conference was also organized and served by the research students from the University of Auckland. Without their work, we would not have been able to run such a successful conference. We would like to thank all delegations and the organization committee for their hard work and excellent contributions.

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