The federation of european materials societies (f.e.m.s.)


  • Prof. Gernot Kostorz

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    1. Angewandte Physik, ETH-Hönggerberg CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)
    • Angewandte Physik, ETH-Hönggerberg CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)
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    • is Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of Applied Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich. After obtaining his doctorate in metal physics at the University of Göttingen, he carried out research on metals and alloys at the Argonne National Laboratory in the USA and at the Institut Laue–Langevin, Grenoble; he taught at the University of Grenoble, from 1974 to 1978. The subsequent two years were spent at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, where he continued his work on phase transformations in alloys using neutron and X-ray diffraction. In 1980 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, as a Professor of Physics. From 1987 to 1990 he served as member of the Council of the DGM and from 1989 to 1990 on the Executive Committee of E-MRS. As one of the initial members of the Executive Committee of f.e.m.s., he was elected f.e.m.s. Vice-President in 1990 and serves as President, for 1992 and 1993.


The coordination of European materials research activities is one of the aims of the Federation of European Materials Societies (f.e.m.s.). The current President of the Federation describes the structure of the organization, which is made up of many national European materials societies, and discusses both planned activities, which include the extension of the successful “EUROMAT” conference series, and long-term future aims.