The discovery and development of novel materials in the field of energy are most essential to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Indeed, in the past years, the need for new materials increased exponentially, but our ability to develop new materials still needs to be unlocked. Researchers, industry and policymakers need to find common ground and enable a paradigm shift in the way they collaborate.  

This webinars series is our contribution to empowering cooperation and transformation in the field of materials development.   

It is a collaboration between Material Pioneers and Young European Catalysis Network, with the mission to build up the Materials Development Manifesto.  

We will promote the Manifesto, co-written and signed by all the participants, to Universities, research groups and decision-makers and support everyone willing to employ it.   

In the webinars’ sessions, we will address five main steps needed to speed up materials development and make science open, collaborative and accessible.  

Our webinars are more than just simple presentations, each topic will be addressed by a researcher or scientist in the field of materials and then openly discussed with all the participants. We ask people to interact and share their opinions because we believe this is the only way to create shared values and aim at a common mission.   

Join our webinars and contribute to speeding up materials development!   

Previous Webinars

Jan 18, 2021

In the current process of discovery scholarly communication is solely focused on success; leading to a gap between what is researched and what is published. And this is counterproductive. For this reason, many young scientists started believing that scientific discoveries need to be spectacular in order to be acknowledged. How can we bring science back to reality and value every step of the process?

June 09, 2020

How to share your experiments' data and standardize them? It can be complicated, especially if you don't have programming skills. Here's a set of best practices from our data expert Tomas Storck.



APR 24,2020

This webinar series is all about developing new materials! Here we have two experts Aaike van Vugt (co-founder of VSPARTICLE) and Pedro Mendes (researcher at Gent University) explaining why developing new materials takes so long (25 years on average) and how we could speed up the process.

MAY 5, 2020

The academic system is currently based on publications and citations, even though this has been criticized, there is not an alternative rewarding system. In the past months, we realized that our ability to discover vaccines, cures and materials relies mostly on academic research. Therefore, the academic system needs to change, and start rewarding the impact over the number of publications.

APR 14, 2020

In the past months we all experienced radical changes in our lives. Researchers in the world are all uniting efforts and knowledge in an integrated team approach manner to address and find solutions for this pandemic. This has inspired us to discuss the role of collaboration in research and the impact of sharing knowledge and best practices in order to speed up material discovery and come up with faster solutions for global challenges.

The development of new materials depends on the amount and the accuracy of the data shared within research groups. Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden, Data Steward at TU Delft, shares with us the best practices to make your research more open and share your experimental data to make an impact in the field.