Beginning with a vision of a “materials-blind” society in the late 1960s, a few forward-looking individuals, with an eye toward advancing the cause of interdisciplinary research, made that vision a reality–the Materials Research Society, officially founded in 1973. The Society’s core principles were interdisciplinarity, focused symposia, and greater interaction among researchers. These principles make MRS different from single-discipline professional societies because they encourage communication and technical information exchange across the various fields of science affecting materials.
MRS has grown to over 15,000 members–from the United States and over 80 other countries. The Society sponsors two major international annual Meetings encompassing approximately 75 topical symposia, offering symposium tutorials and networking opportunities, and also sponsors numerous single-topic scientific meetings. The Society recognizes professional and technical excellence and encourages technical interaction among college students through University Chapters, and among materials professionals through regional Sections. MRS also promotes communication exchange through publication of symposium proceedings, the MRS Bulletin, the Journal of Materials Research, and other publications, databases, and videotapes related to current research activities. The Society works closely with other materials organizations around the world, and is an Adhering Body of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS.)