Co-Creating the Future

Materials For What Really Matters

Virtual Global Forum | April 28-29

An International Forum on Policy, Frontier Materials & Global Impact

MATTER™ 2021 will be the convening grounds of global vision, dialogue and action that will spark a new paradigm in enabling Frontier and Advanced Materials to solve some of humanity’s most immediate challenges.

The 2-Day event will bring together thought leaders, policy makers, scientists, business and government delegates, diplomatic liaisons and civil societies to develop a shared vision for Material Science responding to complex, multi scale challenges of global magnitude.

MATTER FORUM / 2021

1 EVENT
4 NEXUS

The MATTER Forum is organized around 4 distinct Nexus each with a cohesive series of dialogues and panels shedding light on the role and future of Frontier Materials for a better future. The first 3 nexus focus on solving some of the most pressing challenges of the PLANET, HUMANs and SOCIETY through the lens of Frontier Materials. While the fourth Nexus will cut across these problem domains  and crystalize the mechanisms needed to maximize the impact of Frontier and Advanced Materials with the help of governments, academia industry, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations and civil societies.

NEXUS 1

Planet

NEXUS 3

CITY &
Society

NEXUS 2

PEOPLE

NEXUS 4

Connecting Dots

Nexus 1

PLANET

SDG Categories

"How Can Frontier Materials Help the Planet?""

Nexus Concept:
As has been well established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, human activity and our technologically sophisticated society is changing our natural environment. While there is significant political and technical debate and even controversy concerning what is the best way to mitigate climate change and to adapt to some of its more immediate impacts, there is no question that Frontier & Advanced Materials and new, innovative technologies show enormous promise to be at least part of the solution.

The "Problem":
The first panel of the PLANET Nexus discusses the nature of the problem in both physical and social terms highlighting how climate change is affecting different regions of the world in different ways. It will also look ahead to COP 26 in Glasgow and outline what some of the revised targets for emissions reductions might look like in order to establish rough time frame in which advanced materials will have to play their part.

The "Science & Solution":
The second panel of the PLANET Nexus focuses on the edge of discovery and research in Frontier & Advanced Materials. It will explore applications to renewable and clean energies as well as looking ahead to the potential geo-engineering solutions and the role that materials could play in these technologies if humanity is encouraged, enables or forced to use them.

The "How":
The 3rd panel of the PLANET Nexus covers perhaps the most critical part of the story which is: how will the world support, fund and expedite the development of new solutions based on material science and technologies and what pathways can be envisioned together in such a global manner.

Speakers:

Alba Vergés Bosch
Minister Of Health
Catalan Government
Spain
Sir Kostya Novoselov
Nobel Laurate in Physics
Professor at National University of Singapore
Singapore
Dr. Mike Rosenberg
Professor & Author
IESE Business School
Spain
Dr. Carlo Iorio
Project Coordinator
European Space Agency (ESA)
Belgium

"Can Material Science Elevate Human Life?""

Nexus Concept:
As 2020 has shown us, the world is still facing significant challenges with respect to human health and well being. Humanity still grapples with persistent hunger, water and sanitation issues that afflict many. Can innovation in Frontier Materials help build pieces of a harmonious puzzle to address these challenges?

The "Problem":
The first panel of the PEOPLE Nexus deals with the ongoing challenges facing humanity including a catalog of ailments and diseases that still evade our best science, elevating human health monitoring, food perseveration, safety and access and challenges associated with providing clean water and access to sanitation for all.

The "Science & Solution":
The second panel of PEOPLE Nexus looks at the latest discoveries and advances in technological tooling in medical devices, water filtration, enhanced packaging and more. As there are many examples to choose form in this area the goal of the panel is to demonstrate the breadth of applications more than focus on a specific part of the problem.

The "How":
The third panel of the PEOPLE Nexus highlights the role of entrepreneurship and startups in bringing Frontier Materials technological solutions to the market. The panel will present a dialogue amongst venture capital organizations, star startups leaders and technology transfer nodes and will cover trend cycles, raising money, patient capital and expediting the innovation process to help humanity.

Nexus 2

PEOPLE

SDG Categories

Speakers:

Dr. Yury Gogotsi
Distinguished Professor & Director of Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
Drexel University
US
Dr. Deji Akinwande
Professor of Electrical & Materials Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
US
Dr. Kiana Aran
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Cardea Bio Inc.
US
Luca Venza
Director of Technology Transfer & Innovation
IESE Business School
Spain
Dr. Shideh Kabiri Ameri
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Queens University
Canada

Nexus 3

CITY & SOCIETY

SDG Categories

"Frontier Materials, Sustainable cities, Resilient Innovative Infrastructure, How Do We Get There?"

Nexus Concept:
Over the last 50 years, the number of cities with a population over 10 million has grown from three to over 30 and today more than half of humanity is living in cities. Cities offer a richer and more diverse cultural life, economic opportunity and can be much more efficient in terms of resource utilization, innovation infrastructure but, at the same time pose a number of problems which could potentially be solved in part by the use of more innovative materials.

The "Problem":
The first panel of the CITY & SOCIETY Nexus focuses on the challenges associated with urbanization and how these problems vary around the world. Clearly the problems facing Delhi are different than those in Dallas and thus the panel offers different viewpoints of the challenges facing cities and society in different parts of the world.

The "Science & Solution":
The second panel of the CITY & SOCIETY Nexus covers technological development in areas of sustainability in cities such as power distributions, smart sensors for continuous monitoring, resilient buildings and infrastructure and more.

The "How":
Part of the challenge in bringing these solutions to life will be to close the gap between the world of Advanced Materials and the different voices of civil society. The Third panel of the Cities & Society Nexus will present views of non governmental organizations in order to better understand their respective theories of change in order to explore how Frontier Materials and their application can be effectively implemented as apart of the solution.

Speakers:

Dr. Ahmed Busnaina
Distinguished Professor & Founding Director of CHN Center
Northeastern University
US
Dr. Robert Fabregat Fuentes
Director General for Research and Innovation
Ministry of Health at Generalitat de Catalunya
Spain
Dr. Frank Koppens
Professor & Group Leader
ICFO - Institute of Photonic Sciences
Spain

"Getting There Fast... Together""

Nexus Concept:

The first three Nexus PLANET, PEOPLE and CITY & SOCIETY look into the societal and global problems of our era and how Frontier Materials could potentially offer solutions that could alleviate some of these challenges. Nexus 4 focuses on how we can connect the dots to build cross domain, international partnerships towards these common goals.

The partnerships and discussions highlighted in the  panels of Nexus 4 span national and regional ecosystem architecture from the standpoint of policy, research & development infrastructure and multi-stakeholder diplomatic partnerships that can facilitate connecting the dots and fast track Frontier Material solutions.

Nexus 4 will announce and highlight some of the most notable AMPT initiatives towards realization of these goals and present the unique perspective of the global partners and collaborators who have made it possible.

Nexus 4

CONNECTING THE DOTS

SDG Categories

Speakers:

John Hoffman
CEO
GSMA ltd
US
Carlos Grau
CEO
Mobile World Capital Barcelona
Spain
Gabby Silberman
Director General
Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
Spain
Marco Falzetti
Director
Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRES)
Italy

Catalyzing Harmonious Action
For a Better Future

As the world still grapples with COVID-19, the momentum fueled by this pandemic must be transformed into building new infrastructures and harmonious global action.

The development of such infrastructure for Frontier & Advanced Materials requires governments and policymakers across the world to work together hand in hand with the scientific and business sector to reform and introduce policies that enable and encourage cross-country exchange of ideas, resources, and funding of collaborative science and R&D activities.

MATTER™ 2021 will provide an international forum to trigger dialogue, ignite action, cross-border thought leadership and collaborations towards a shared agenda.

"Science at the Service of Society & Humanity"

An Open Letter to the UN Secretary General

In November of 2020, the Director General and steering committee of AMPT — joined by world leaders in Frontier & Advanced Material sector — orchestrated an open letter to the United Nations Secretary General to urgently convene a strategic forum for dialogue, action and new shared strategies for material science and technologies to respond swiftly and effectively to global challenges.

The world-wide reception, momentum and strong support generated by the open letter, further punctuated the need for a global forum to discuss the role of Frontier & Advanced Materials as building blocks of a shared future for humanity.

That is why MATTER™ Forum was created.
You too can be a part of this movement. Let's re-imagine and shape a better future with materials.



View the Open Letter

Panelists & Speakers

Sir Kostya Novoselov

Nobel Laurate in Physics
Professor at National University of Singapore
Singapore

Dr. Ahmed Busnaina

Distinguished Professor & Founding Director of CHN Center
Northeastern University
US

Alba Vergés Bosch

Minister Of Health
Catalan Government
Spain

Dr. Kiana Aran

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Cardea Bio Inc.
US

John Hoffman

CEO
GSMA ltd
US

Carlos Grau

CEO
Mobile World Capital Barcelona
Spain

Dr. Yury Gogotsi

Distinguished Professor & Director of Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
Drexel University
US

Dr. Shideh Kabiri Ameri

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Queens University
Canada

Dr. Mike Rosenberg

Professor & Author
IESE Business School
Spain

Marco Falzetti

Director
Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRES)
Italy

Dr. Robert Fabregat Fuentes

Director General for Research and Innovation
Ministry of Health at Generalitat de Catalunya
Spain

Dr. Carlo Iorio

Project Coordinator
European Space Agency (ESA)
Belgium

Gabby Silberman

Director General
Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
Spain

Dr. Deji Akinwande

Professor of Electrical & Materials Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
US

Luca Venza

Director of Technology Transfer & Innovation
IESE Business School
Spain

Dr. Frank Koppens

Professor & Group Leader
ICFO - Institute of Photonic Sciences
Spain

Detailed Agenda will be announced March 5

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