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The 14th Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA 2024) will be held from Feb. 13–16, 2024, in Denver, CO. The CGIF is proud to partner with the PCSA to bring a new program focused on professional development and career exploration named IGNITE MSE (International Gathering and Networking for Individuals to Explore Materials Science and Engineering).

IGNITE MSE events will run before and during the EMA 2024 conference and will feature: 

  • Invited speakers on topics of professional development 
  • Industry networking luncheon with ceramic and glass professionals
  • Poster session focused on the broader impacts of science 
  • Reception-style networking during EMA
  • Swag bag packed with professional development resources! 

Please note that all participants are responsible for arranging their accommodations and travel to this event. The IGNITE MSE events taking place during EMA 2024 will require EMA student conference registration.

Schedule of Events

To participate in the full IGNITE MSE programming, students should register for the following:

🔥  Pre-EMA Luncheon & Invited Speakers 

☀️  EMA 2024 Conference

Read more about each of these event below.

🔥 Pre-EMA Luncheon & Invited Speakers

Students can sign up for the industry luncheon and invited speakers taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from noon to 4pm before the opening ceremony of EMA for only $49. All participants will also receive a complementary IGNITE MSE bag packed with professional development resources.

Industry Luncheon | Tuesday, Feb. 13, Noon to 1:30PM

During this hour and a half event, participants will enjoy a hot meal and network with peers and professionals in the materials science community.

Invited Speakers | Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1:30PM to 4:20PM

Invited speakers deliver engaging presentations on subjects that ignite their enthusiasm and drive, which they are eager to share with students. These sessions by our speakers will empower both students and early career professionals, equipping them with essential knowledge, skills, and valuable networks that will facilitate their success in their fields. With the invaluable perspectives shared by these accomplished individuals from both academic and industry domains, this event offers a unique opportunity for participants to develop a comprehensive understanding of the field and to delve into the diverse array of career pathways that lie ahead.

When you register for EMA as a student, you will have the option to add IGNITE MSE to your registration for $49. This add-on will grant you access to the activities on Feb.13.

Welcome Reception | Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5-6:30PM

Journal Publishing Seminar | Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:45PM

(pre-registration by Feb. 8 required)

Invited Speakers

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Christopher Rom, Ph.D.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

"More inclusive Q&A sessions will lead to better science"

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Kim Scott, Ph.D.

Colorado School of Mines

"The Importance of Mentorship as the Leaders of Tomorrow"

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Brian Gorman, Ph.D.

Colorado School of Mines

"Entrepreneurship in Academia vs Industry: TTT Diagrams for Your Good Ideas"

☀️  EMA 2024

The ACerS Electronic Materials and Applications (EMA) Organizing Committee is planning for the 2024 EMA meeting, to be held February 13-16, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. This will be the 14th annual EMA meeting, which is organized by the Electronics and Basic Science Divisions.

Both division-specific and co-organized symposia are strongly encouraged. Topics in basic science, and those that bridge the gaps from materials development to applications, are of particular interest with an emphasis on but not limited to computational materials science. We also encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion while building your teams. The meeting promotes the development of students and young professionals, and provides award competitions and complimentary registrations for select attendees.

IGNITE MSE events to look forward to during EMA:

IGNITE MSE's Broader Impacts of Science Poster Session

Poster sessions welcome submissions from researchers who are driven to create a positive impact on society through their scientific endeavors. Contributions aim to make science more relevant, understandable, and engaging to the public, ultimately fostering a positive societal impact and inspiring the next generation of materials scientists. 

This session includes topics such as:

    • Technology for Social Good: Investigating how technologies can be harnessed to tackle social and humanitarian issues, improving lives on a broader scale.
    • Inclusivity and Diversity: Going beyond underrepresented communities to explore how fostering diverse perspectives within science drives innovation and promotes equitable outcomes.
    • Ethics in Research: Engaging in critical discussions about the ethical implications of scientific discoveries and their potential impact on society.
    • Outreach and Community Engagement: Exploring effective ways to convey complex scientific concepts to the general public, fostering greater understanding and enthusiasm.

Participating in this poster session allows researchers to present their work to a diverse audience and receive feedback from field experts. The session encourages interdisciplinary thinking and advocates for a comprehensive approach to scientific inquiry.

Posters will be presented in conjunction with the large poster session occurring at the EMA conference. 

Accommodations and Travel

Please note that all participants are responsible for arranging their accommodations and travel to this event. If you are interested in booking hotel accommodations at the conference hotel, please visit the ACerS webpage for more information.

  • Hotel rate: $172 plus tax a night
  • Cut-off Date: January 22, 2024

Visa Information

If you are a non U.S. resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States may take several months. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, first ensure your passport has 6 months of validity beyond your travel dates and enough blank pages available for each border crossing you must make for the trip.

To request a letter to attend, please send an email with name of the meeting you plan to attend (EMA 2024), your full name, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date and passport expiration date to Karen McCurdy at kmccurdy@ceramics.org at to obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society.


Contact Amanda at aengen@ceramics.org