The MoU signing ceremony between the Vietnam Materials Research Society (V-MRS) and the Korean Materials Research Society (K-MRS)

On August 7th, 2023, at the International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Vietnam Materials Research Society (V-MRS) and the Korean Materials Research Society (K-MRS) took place.

At the signing ceremony, representing K-MRS were Prof. Dr. Chang Sik Son, President; Prof. Dr. Jin Hyeok Kim, First Vice President; Prof. Dr. Dojin Kim, Chungnam National University, Former President of K-MRS; Prof. Dr. Jong-Ryul Jeong, Chungnam National University, and Prof. Dr. Jae Hyun Kim, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST).

On the V-MRS side, there were: Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duc Chien, President; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phuc Duong, Director of ITIMS, Standing Committee member; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Huu Lam, Director of School of Engineering Physics, Standing Committee member; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duc Hoa, Vice Rector of School of Materials, Standing Committee member; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Quy, ITIMS; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao Xuan Viet, ITIMS; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Xuan Hien, School of Engineering Physics, and several other scientists.

Representatives from K-MRS and V-MRS in the signing ceremony

Following the signing ceremony, representatives from both sides provided an overview of their organizational activities, common areas of potential cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support. Notably, K-MRS proposed the idea of organizing an international materials science conference called the Global Conference on Innovative Materials (GCIM). The GCIM is to host a prominent Asian-scale conference similar to the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) conference or the Materials Research Society (MRS) conference in the United States. Previously, K-MRS held biannual conferences - the Spring Meeting and the Fall Meeting. Starting in 2023, there will be only one K-MRS conference each year, the Fall Meeting, while the Spring Meeting will be replaced by the international GCIM conference. GCIM will take place on the famous Jeju Island.

K-MRS also announced that students from countries that have signed the MoU with K-MRS, such as Vietnam, will receive a partial reduction in conference fees and accommodation costs when attending the conference.

K-MRS expressed their interest in receiving an invitation to attend SPMS 2023 as representatives of K-MRS. They also proposed the idea of establishing a Vietnamese-Korean branch within the framework of SPMS or in the formation of a Parallel Symposium.