Plenary Lecture: Tuesday 13 May

Materials for the future - A European perspective
Gerd Schumacher, Jülich Research Centre, Germany

After graduating from the University of Mainz, Germany, Gerd Schumacher undertook a doctorate in materials science at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

He has worked at DECHEMA (the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology), on a high temperature corrosion project, as well as at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Bonn. As project coordinator of the Specific Support Action SMART project, part of the EU’s 6th Framework Programme which also involved IOM3, he was engaged in roadmapping materials research and identifying EU centres of materials research excellence.

In May 2006 he was appointed Acting Head of Nanotechnologies and International Affairs within the New Materials and Chemical Technologies department at Jülich Research Centre, Germany, one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. He is also the German Programme Coordinator for nanotechnologies, materials, and new production technologies in the 7th EU Framework Programme.

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