INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MATERIALS SCIENCE BASED ON A GLOBAL NETWORK OF COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
In June 2005, the first international meeting of directors of national materials research institutes was held at NIMS, Japan, with the participation of presidents of 15 material research institutes from 8 countries. In this meeting, the establishment of the World Materials Research Institutes Forum (WMRIF) was declared. WMRIF is an organization to develop a worldwide network of materials research institutes. To date 51 institutes from all continents are members of WMRIF. It supports innovations in the field of materials research through mutual information exchange and shared use of research facilities. Further, it serves as a forum for lively discussions on global strategies related to future materials science.