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SAM 12
The 12 th edition of the
Society And Materials Conference
22-23 rd May 2018

We kindly remind you that the 12th edition of the Society and Materials Conference SAM-12 will be held in Metz on the 22-23rd of May, 2018.

We would very much like to see you there, there is no registration fee! If you haven’t registered yet, and want to, please fill in the form available at  before the 6 th of May 2018 . For your information, the  preliminary program  and some logistic information are available on the registration page (link above) as well as on  Sovamat website .

We remind you that it is still possible to take part in the Jean Sébastien Thomas Award: full article have to be submitted by Friday the 13 rd  of April (more detail on the  article submission page ).

CAN WE IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT MATERIALS?Materials have accompanied mankind along its long historical journey through time since the dawn of the Palaeolithic. The relationship has been fusional as materials have been used to make and help make homes, clothes, pots and pans, tools, machines, weapons, all the artefacts that distinguish human beings from animals. The connection with the environment has just been equally fusional as materials have been extracted out of natural resources – raw materials and energy, and have helped shape the landscape, the countries and the cities for mankind to live in. This bond between materials and society will continue for a long time. Materials will continue to be ubiquitous. Material can even be found in the word dematerialization, a concept that questions the role that materials will play in society in the future. By materials, we mean all the materials which have become part of human life as History rolled on: lithic materials, biomaterials and especially wood, metals, from gold to silver and bronze to iron as well as more modern materials, i.e. the materials of today, born from the meeting of mankind’s arts and crafts with its scientific view of the world: ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including steel, zinc, aluminium, copper, lead and tin, cement and concrete, plastics and composites, etc. The list covers most structural materials, but it can probably be argued that all materials should be included, as modern artefacts are a mixture of materials and functions at various levels of scale and complexity, for example in nano- and intelligent materials.

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