Jubilee Seminar: Material is evolution - Materials, society, industry and sustainability

New materials are so important that we name the different ages in human history after them. The challenge of building a sustainable society is driving the development of new materials and manufacturing technologies. Minimising environmental impact is a clear objective – both in manufacturing and in the use of the new materials.

IVA Konferenscenter, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 09:00 - 17:15 CET

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The development of various materials has had a profound impact on the way people live their lives – from the Bronze Age and Iron Age to today when 3D printers are printing materials with built-in sensors. As we now pursue a sustainable society we are carefully considering the best way to manage the materials when a product is no longer in use or when it will be used in the next cycle in a circular, sustainable economy. 

New materials and processes are presenting a challenge for today’s product designers. There are more and more ways to reduce the weight of various products and more of them are being electrified. Demand for metals for batteries is also growing, and it is increasingly important to find the most efficient ways to recycle these.

We welcome you to a full day on the theme of materials and materials development arranged by IVA’s Mining and Materials division.  We will discuss the challenges, trends and opportunities for a sustainable future from a materials perspective.


09:00 Welcome Gert NilsonTechnical Director, Jernkontoret and Chair IVA's Division Mining and Materials 

09:05 Introduction - The role of materials in society, Olle WijkProfessor and Chairman SWERIM, Swedish Research Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Materials        

9:30 The role of materials in the past, present and future

  • Small atoms, big revolutions - How our ability to assemble atoms and molecules has changed (and will further change) human history,Vincenzo Palermo, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology
  •  Urban mining-Recycling of electronics, Kerstin KonradssonCEO Boliden Smelters
  •  A modern view of metallurgy - 2020 vision, Roger Reed, Professor, University of Oxford,

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Current material trends – caring for the planet

  • At the Crossroads of Additive, Analytics and Advanced Materials, Tresa PollockProfessor NAE, GASL, ALCOA Distinguished Professor, Materials University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Materials of tomorrow - the design approach, Annika BorgenstamProfessor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Director of the Hero-m 2i center
  •  Materials science for reduced CO2 emissions in processing of steel, Martin Pei, Executive Vice President, CTO SSAB  

14:30 Break

14:50 Materials for the future

  •  Integrated Computational Materials Engineering – Materials for the future daily life and space exploration, Charlie KuehmannVice-President of Materials Engineering at Tesla and SpaceX  
  •  Two-dimensional materials – from Flatland to reality Jari KinaretProfessorChalmers University of Technology and Head of the European Graphene Flagship on Graphene

16:10 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 17:15 Panel discussion: Outlook making the earth suffice beyond 10 billion inhabitants

17:30 Dinner

Contact information

Elin Elliot
Head of International Affairs
Phone +46 8-791 29 28

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