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Overview and Activity Status of the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials

1. Overview

The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials is an academic society established on 14 February 1937 under a proposal by Dr. Kotaro Honda. It is aimed at “promoting the advancement of theory and industrial processes related to metals” and celebrated the 80th anniversary of its founding in 2017. On 1 March 2013 the Institute became a public interest incorporated association.

At the end of February 2017, there were 5,147 individual members (both international and domestic) and 148 supporting members, which are company and association members who support the activities of the Institute. The Institute develops activities as an academic institution for globally disseminating research results about metals and related materials. In recent years, the Institute has expanded its scope to also cover infrastructure materials, energy materials, eco-materials, electronic and information materials, biological and healthcare materials, and materials and society, and is undertaking a variety of activities with the aims of invigorating academic Activities and scientific technology in the field of metals and related materials. Activities include publishing scholarly magazines and academic books, holding conferences and workshops, and carrying out investigation and research. These activities as well as the issuance of awards and encouragement are performed by committees, branches, and secretariats under the member general council, which is the highest decision-making body, the board of directors, which is the executive decision-making body, and the auditor secretary, which is the operations auditing body.

2. Activities

2.1 Publication Activities

The Institute publishes three magazines. Institute bulletin Materia Japan is a monthly journal distributed to members, with the aims of information exchange between members, enlightenment, and education. The Japanese-language academic journal Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials is published monthly by the Institute, and the English-language academic journal Materials Transactions is published monthly in cooperation with 12 materials-related academic societies to widely disseminate research results internationally and domestically. Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials contains around 120 papers per year, and Materials Transactions contains around 360 papers per year. The Institute additionally publishes specialist books about metals and related materials and academic books, such as educational texts for students.

2.2 Annual Meeting and Workshop Activities

The institute holds annual spring and fall meetings with the aim of presenting and discussing the latest research results and providing a forum for members to interact. Each annual meeting feature around 1000 presentations and 1500 participants. Device demonstrations and luncheon seminars held at the conference venue let companies introduce the latest technologies. At the spring annual meeting, in particular, the Honda Memorial Lecture is given by a person with an outstanding record in academia and technology related to metals and other materials, and a company information session is held with the aim of assisting students with career selection and recruitment by companies. The Institute also holds seminars, symposiums, and workshops with the aim of disseminating specialist knowledge, enlightenment, and education. The Institute has been the host organization for 24 international conferences to date, with PRICM9 (The 9th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing) held in August 2016.

2.3 Investigative and Research Activities

The Institute has established various committees, including the planning committee, the self-governance committee, and the long-term vision committee. The Institute also promotes activities via six technical divisions made up of group researchers and engineers in strongly related specialist fields. Additionally, the Institute has established and promotes research groups with the aim of promoting research into open problems at the frontier of research and in inter-disciplinary areas. The strategic promotion committee and the scientific research fund committee conduct strategic materials activities with the aim of fostering academic research and scientific technology in the fields of metals and related materials. The human resource nurturing committee conducts activities, such as by holding delivery lectures and creating websites aimed at high school students, with the aim of nurturing the human resources necessary to support the next generation of researchers and engineers. The gender equality committee Activities together with the Japan Inter-Society Liaison Association Committee for Promoting Equal Participation of Men and Women in Science and Engineering (EPMEWSE) and conducts joint activities with the gender equality committee of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan to promote the social advancement of women in materials fields. Furthermore, the Institute also engages widely in exchanges with academic associations, both domestically and internationally, and the international academic exchange committee conducts activities including holding the World Materials Day Award in cooperation with the International Organization of Materials, Metals & Minerals Societies (IOMMMS), mutually dispatching researchers to the annual meetings of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) of the USA, and jointly holding symposiums with the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials (KIM).

Technical Divisions

  • 1)1st Division: Energy Materials
  • 2)2nd Division: Eco-materials
  • 3)3rd Division: Electronics and Information Materials
  • 4)4th Division: Biological and Healthcare Materials
  • 5)6th Division: Structural Materials
  • 6)0th Division: Materials and Society

2.4 Awards and Encouragement Activities

Every year, 20 achievement and encouragement awards are presented (“various awards”) with the aim of recognizing people who have achieved excellent results in research and technical development or have contributed to the development of their field. Some awards are intended to encourage those who are expected to contribute in the future, including distinguished member awards and society awards.

3. Branches

There are eight branches throughout Japan. Branches Activities on promotion activities, and each branch conducts its own lecture meetings, workshops (annual meetings, Kotaro Honda Memorial Lecture Meeting, seminars, discussion meetings), research meetings, excursions, and so on.

4. Recommendation to enroll (Benefits of Joining)

The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials warmly welcomes enrollment of researchers and engineers aiming to push forward 21st century Japan. The institute bulletin Materia Japan is provided to members only, and members receive other privileges such as reduced prices for participation in the annual meetings, exemption from presentation fees, and lower prices when purchasing publications, as well as participation in seminars, symposiums, lectures, and presentation meetings held by the Institute at member discount prices.