The 21st century citizens of the world are facing unprecedented challenges that they have never been faced with before. With the exponential population growth and rapid economic expansion of developing countries, the uncontrolled burning of hydrocarbon energy resources is resulting in a run-away global warming due to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Along with climate change, the natural cycles of the world that have been keeping it in equilibrium is being perturbed to cause the disappearing of biological and plant species essential to livelihood.
Materials science and engineering (MSE) has been the generator of advanced technologies over the centuries. It has helped economic development and has improved the quality of life. It is anticipated that MSE will be playing a key role in providing solutions to global problems in energy, environment, health, and security. It is pretty clear that while the technology for solution may be there, the implementation will require the participation of all countries and citizens. No one country or region is able to solve the highly coupled problem alone.
The Global Materials Network (GMN) of Young Researchers has been launched in 2012 by the IUMRS to provide a platform for young researchers from around the world to communicate and collaborate in materials research and education. This interactive and dynamic network will operate both in cyber and real space to accelerate the pace of finding effective global solutions for the future.