June 3-5, 2020

Scientific data are a significant raw material of the 21st century. To exploit its value, a proper infrastructure that makes it Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-purposable – FAIR – is  a must. How such an infrastructure can be implemented in the field of materials science  is the topic of this conference.

Originally planned as a conference in Berlin, the Conference on a FAIR Data Infrastructure for Materials Genomics will now take place as a virtual meeting. The plenary and invited speakers are the most renowned experts in this field worldwide. Among them is IRIS Adlershof, member Claudia Draxl,  who will be giving a plenary talk on "New Horizons for Materials Research - Role of FAIR Data". The plenary speakers also include: Barend Mons (President of CODATA, Co-Leader of the GO FAIR Initiative, Leiden University), York Sure-Vetter(Director of the NFDI Directorate, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), James Warren (Director of the NIST Materials Genome Program), and Tong-Yi Zhan (Director of the Materials Genome Institute of Shanghai University).
The Conference Chair Matthias Scheffler from the association FAIR-DI e.V. and the Fritz Haber Institute summarizes the significance of the topic and the conference for science as follows:

This conference is organized by 
FAIR-DI e.V. an association dedicated to building a worldwide data infrastructure for big data from material science, engineering, and astronomy that follows the FAIR principles..
Even though the conference will now be run as a virtual meeting, the program consists of talks followed by live discussions. There will also be a virtual poster presentation. Participation is free, registration on the conference website is required.

October 02, 2020

Falling Walls Lab 2020: Preliminary decision in Berlin Adlershof

Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day – the Falling Walls Lab is a platform for excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all disciplines who get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, innovative project or idea with peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business. Each participant has 3-minute time on stage. Falling Walls Labs take place globally throughout the year. The winner of each international Falling Walls Lab qualifies for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which is held every year on 8 November and is closely connected to the annual and internationally renowned Falling Walls Conference, taking place on 9 November. The Lab at Berlin-Adlershof is organized by the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) and the Initiativgemeinschaft Außeruniversitärer Forschungseinrichtungen in Adlershof (IGAFA) e. V.

Applications can be made online; they must be filled out in English:
Deadline: 6. September 2020