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5 - 7 November 2018

As conference chair, and on behalf of my fellow organising committee, I welcome the world’s young advanced materials researchers to ICYRAM2018.  This conference aims to give all the researchers from around the world the opportunity to engage and network with peers, industry and friends, in the field of advanced materials.  Specifically ICYRAM2018 gives a platform for researchers unto 15 years post-PhD to present their R&D.  From the 5th to 7th of November 2018, Adelaide in South Australia will be the global focus for the scientific presentations, conversations, and chance meetings that will set forth the future discoveries and innovations that will drive society.  The organising committee is committed to delivering a positive experience for all delegates, irrespective of background or gender, in a forum that promotes diversity and minimises its impact on the environment.  The organising committee and I, the city of Adelaide, and Australia as a whole welcome you to ICYRAM2018.  We look forward to hosting your visit

Associate Professor Drew Evans, Conference Chair ICYRAM2018


In 2012 the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) launched the Global Materials Network (GMN). As an inaugural meeting of the GMN, IUMRS created a new conference designed specifically with young researchers in mind, the International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM).  The mission of ICYRAM is to provide a platform for researchers upto 15 years post-PhD to present technical findings of their research, to network within the international community of other young researchers, and to increase the breadth of their general materials-based knowledge.  ICYRAM2018, the 4th edition of ICYRAM, will build on the original mission by providing a fair and equitable event for all young researcher’s to meet, discuss and network in a safe and welcoming environment.  Whether they be specialized materials researchers or those who utilise and apply materials to their R&D – ICYRAM2018 welcomes all.


The International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM) will be held from the 5th to 7th of November 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  This conference aims to bring early- to mid-career researchers from around the world to present and discuss their research, and form the networks and collaborations that will drive our future society.

At ICYRAM2018 we aim to create a welcoming, inclusive environment where everyone feels secure to participate fully. This includes the conference venue, remote conference sites, networking functions, Twitter, the Conference App and online media associated with the conference.

To enable this all delegates, attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and speakers (conference participants) are required to abide by the following code of conduct. Your attendance at the conference or your involvement in a remote site constitutes acceptance of this code of conduct. The code of conduct will be available to all delegates through the conference app.

We ask all conference participants to maintain an awareness of their own conduct and interaction with others at all times. Furthermore we ask all conference participants to maintain an awareness of the conduct of others and, where such conduct is violating this code, to alert conference staff in order to promptly address the situation.

Conference participants should refrain from using insulting, harassing, or otherwise offensive language in their interactions. Disruptive, harassing, or inappropriate behaviour toward others is unacceptable. Harassment of any kind, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical harassment will not be tolerated.

If a participant engages in behaviour which contravenes this code, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are affected by a breach of this code, notice that someone else is breaching this code, or have any other concerns, please contact the conference staff promptly. Conference staff can be identified by “staff” on their conference badges.

Those delegates who received part of full sponsorship through the Theo Murphy Initiative are required to follow the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) Code of Conduct.  Similarly, all attendees of the ICYRAM2018 Industry-Researcher Engagement Event supported by the AAS Theo Murphy Initiative must also abide by the ASS Code of Conduct.  This can be found here:


Drew Evans

Marta Llusca Jane

Louise Smith

Melanie MacGregor

Haolan Xu


Drew Evans

Adam Micolich

Francesca Cavalieri

Sharath Sriram

Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo

Lan Fu

Almantas Pivrikas

Anna Cifuentes Rius

Nasim Amiralian


The Organising Committtee are excited to introduce an innovative and educational conference program for 2018!

All information is correct at the time of publication. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Organising Committee reserves the right to delete or alter items in the Conference program


The 2018 International Conference for Young Researchers in Advanced Materials will provide an open exchange of ideas and robust scientific debate across all manner of materials related topics. The organisers of ICYRAM2018 aim and commit to providing a harassment-free, accessible, and pleasant conference experience with equity rights for all. In doing so all members of the various committees will strive to achieve gender balance in all aspects of the conference. The committee endeavours to achieve this balance through equal female and male representation on the organising committees and as session chairs as well as through invitations to high quality speakers of both sexes in line with the gender balance in our research community. ICYRAM2018 promises to showcase the scientific excellence in advanced materials from around the world, and respect the contributions of the global young researcher’s irrespective of gender, race, culture, or other descriptor. We look forward to welcoming everyone to ICYRAM2018 in Adelaide, Australia.


Professor Maria Forsyth

Deakin University


Professor Rose Amal

School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney


Professor Warwick Bowen

University of Queensland Precision Sensing Initiative


Professor Wenlong Cheng

Monash University


The fees outlined above are in Australian Dollars, inclusive of 10% Goods and Services Tax.

Delegates must hold a current student identification card at the time of the conference in order to claim the student rate.

Payment must accompany all registrations and may be made by:

Credit card: Debits to your credit card will appear as ‘All Occasions Management’ on your statement.

Please note that payments via credit card will incur a merchant fee of 1.25% for MasterCard, 1.65% for Visa, 2% for American Express or 3.45% for Diners.

Payment of early bird registration fees are required by the early bird cut off date to qualify for the rate. After the early bird due date, all unpaid early bird registrations will automatically roll over and the delegates will be charged at the regular rate. Admission to the Conference and all social functions may be refused if payment has not been received. Late fees based on a sliding scale will apply to any outstanding invoices after the conclusion of the Conference.

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Registrations will be acknowledged by email to the address nominated at the time of registration. A tax invoice and receipt will be attached to this email. If a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours of registering, please contact

The All Occasions Group (encompassing All Occasions Management and All Occasions Travel) complies with all legislation which is designed to protect the rights of the individual to privacy of their information, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Information collected with respect to your registration for participation in this Conference will only be used for the purposes of planning, conduct of the event or communication regarding future events. These details may be made available to parties directly related to the Conference including but not limited to the ICYRAM, the All Occasions Group, venues, accommodation and travel providers (for the purposes of room/travel bookings and Conference options), key sponsors (subject to strict conditions) and other related parties as deemed necessary. It is also usual practice to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.

By registering to attend this Conference, you acknowledge that the details supplied by you may be used for the above purposes. It is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided to the All Occasions Group is accurate and kept up to date. To access or update your information, please email or fax the All Occasions Group on or 08 8125 2233.

By attending this Conference, you grant both ICYRAM and the All Occasions Group the right to use your image and likeness for marketing and promotional purposes, unless you specifically request removal of the photo or video in writing by emailing your details, the photos details and the Conference name to detailing your request.

In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, ICYRAM, the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other losses incurred by the delegates. ICYRAM, the Organising Committee and the All Occasions Group take no responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the Conference. All insurance, including medical cover, or expenses incurred in the event of the cancellation of the Conference is the individual delegate’s responsibility.

Attendees are encouraged to choose a travel insurance policy that includes loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through the cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The ICYRAM, the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group will take no responsibility for any participant failing to insure.

Delegates unable to attend the Conference are welcome to nominate a substitute delegate. If there is no one that can be nominated as a substitute delegate, a refund of registration fees, less a cancellation fee of $120 will be made if the written cancellation is received by close of business on 3 October 2018. Registration cancellations received after close of business on 3 October 2018 and up to seven days prior to the Conference will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received within seven days of the Conference; however a substitute delegate may still be nominated.

IUMRS – MRS Singapore Young Researcher Award 2018


The “International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (IUMRS – ICYRAM 2018)” organized by the Materials Research Society of Australia (MRS Australia) will be held at Adelaide, South Australia, during 5-7 November, 2018 ( In order to recognize the outstanding contributions made by young researchers on materials science, IUMRS – MRS Singapore continues to sponsor the “IUMRS – MRS Singapore Young Researcher Award”. This award will be presented at the forthcoming IUMRS – ICYRAM 2018.



We are delighted to announce and congratulate the Winner and Finalists of the IUMRS – MRS Singapore Young Researcher Award 2018.


Andrea Alù (City University of New York)


James Analytics (UC Berkeley)

Laura Na Liu (University of Heidelberg)

Philip Moll (EPFL)

Huiying Yang (Singapore University of Technology and Design)

We would also like to thank all the applicants and referees – it is a great privilege for us to go through so many excellent applications. Congratulations to all and we look forward to meeting you soon at the ICYRAM18!


Award Subcommittee

B.V.R. Chowdari (President, MRS-Singapore), R.P.H. (Bob) Chang (IUMRS Award Commission Chair), Marta Llusca Jane (ICYRAM Organizing Committee), and Lan Fu (Secretary, MRS-Australia)



The nominee for this award must not have reached his/her 40th birthday on or before August 15, 2018. In the spirit of the true materials research, a nominee must have done interdisciplinary, innovative research demonstrating high level of excellence and distinction. The said research work must have made a significant contribution to the development and fundamental understanding of the concerned topic as a whole.



The award consists of S$5,000 (Singapore dollars five thousand) cash prize, a presentation trophy, and a certificate. The recipient of the award must be personally present at the IUMRS-ICYRAM 2018 and give an award lecture. No travel grant will be provided by the conference organizers. However, accommodation at one of the modest conference hotels for the conference duration (4 nights) and a waiver of the registration fee will be provided.



Those who wish to be considered for the “IUMRS – MRS Singapore Young Researcher Award 2018” must submit their nomination directly to A/Prof. Lan Fu, Award Subcommittee Chair, at by August 31, 2018. Peer- and organizational- nominations are also welcome subject to the nominee agreeing for the terms and conditions of the award.


The submitted nomination package must provide the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (2-page maximum) including evidence for the date of birth
  2. List of recent key publications (2-page maximum)
  3. Summary of achievements, awards and honors (1-page maximum)
  4. Name and brief credentials of the three distinguished materials scientists whom nominee has contacted to provide confidential support letters highlighting the creativity of the nominee and the impact his or her research work has created. These letters must be sent by the supporters directly to A/Prof. Lan Fu, Award Subcommittee Chair, at by August 31, 2018 for the nomination to be considered.


The decision of the award subcommittee is final and no enquires will be entertained.


Award Subcommittee

B.V.R. Chowdari (President, MRS-Singapore), R.P.H. (Bob) Chang (IUMRS Award Commission Chair), Marta Llusca Jane (ICYRAM Organizing Committee), and Lan Fu (Secretary, MRS-Australia)


The Adelaide Convention Centre is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by parklands and the River Torrens. The Centre is a world class venue containing multiple halls, banquet rooms, meeting rooms and outdoor spaces.

The centre is also within close proximity to the medical hub, entertainment, cultural and sport precincts and is also a short walk to international and boutique hotels and accommodation. Public transport, the Adelaide Railway Station and taxi ramps are also at the centres doorstep. For more information, please visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website.

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
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Accommodation has been reserved in close proximity to the Adelaide Convention Centre with special conference rates when booked through All Occasions Management. Accommodation rooms are limited and allocation will be strictly on a first-come first-served basis. The accommodation availability and prices shown are current at this time; however, they are subject to change without notice in accordance with the terms and conditions of each supplier. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions carefully before completing your registration as terms differ for each hotel.



South Australia is home to award-winning wine, events and festivals. In fact, we’ve been named Australia’s best festival state two years in a row. It’s also the gateway to world-famous wine regions such as the Barossa and McLaren Vale, and Adelaide has been listed as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World. We’ve also recently been named as Lonely Planet’s 5th most livable city.

Please note: A visa is required to enter Australia.  If you require further information or assistance, please advise us at your earliest convenience or visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


The ICYRAM2018 organisers are committed to minimizing the impact of the conference on our environment.  As a big step towards this, the conference will be all electronic.  All information will be provided through electronic format, including social media and a dedicated conference mobile app.  We hope to provide a fantastic conference experience to all delegates, in a responsible way.


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Please contact the Conference Organisers with any queries:

All Occasions Group

12 Stirling Street
Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: (08) 8125 2200
Fax: (08) 8125 2233