Our ability to achieve an energy-efficient, low-emissions future will depend on significant materials advances over the coming decades. The MRS Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, MRS Energy & Sustainability journal and the organizers of Symposia BI01, ET14 and NM04 will convene top experts to discuss the role of materials science and broader socioeconomic aspects in developing practical solutions to tackle climate change.

Discussion Highlights

  • Materials for carbon capture and storage
  • Nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing approaches
  • Broader socioeconomic aspects

This special program will include audience Q&A as well as real-time interactive audience polling, so bring your smartphone and be ready to participate in this provocative session.

Registration is required. Deadline is Friday, November 23!
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Mark Miodownik, University College London

Mark Miodownik is the Professor of Materials & Society at University College London (UCL). He received his PhD degree in turbine jet engine alloys from the University of Oxford and has worked as a materials engineer in the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more than 15 years, he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research program. Miodownik is the multi-award-winning author of Stuff Matters and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programs on materials science and engineering. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018, he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting. Web: and

Edda S.P. Aradóttir, Reykjavik Energy

Edda S.P. Aradóttir is the Head of Innovation and Strategic Planning in the Research and Development Department at ReykjavÍk Energy. She manages an extensive portfolio of projects focusing on long-term reservoir management, innovation in reservoir utilization and creation of new value streams. Prior to adding on her current role, Aradóttir was the Project Manager of the internationally renowned CarbFix project from 2011. CarbFix developed and demonstrated breakthrough, innovative and environmentally-benign methods for capturing and permanently turning CO2 to rock within the subsurface on an industrial scale. Aradóttir has extensive experience in research related to reservoir management and engineering, chemistry and hydrology as well as project management in the field of environmental science. Currently, Aradóttir serves on the boards of Reykjavík Fibre Network, Icelandic New Energy and the Georg Geothermal Research Cluster. She received a BSc degree in chemical engineering from the University of Iceland in 2004, a MSc degree in theoretical chemistry in 2006 from the University of Iceland and a PhD degree in reservoir engineering in 2011 from the University of Iceland in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Lisa Dickson, Arup

Lisa Dickson is an associate principal in Arup’s Boston office and the Director of Resilience for the Americas. Dickson started her career as a transportation planner before gaining expertise in regulations and financial markets related to carbon and renewable energy, and more recently with alternative financing and investment options related to resilience. She has led multiple climate resilience projects including work for the World Bank, Partners Healthcare, Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Washington, DC, Logan International Airport, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Army National Guard, confidential tech clients, developers and several coastal communities.

Dickson has been invited to the Pentagon to advise on her work related to climate security and is a technical advisor on two separate National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded panels. In 2017, she was invited to present on Financing Resilient Infrastructure at a Congressional briefing. Dickson is also a faculty member of an executive-level course on Resilience developed with Arup and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sloan School of Management.

Dickson's graduate degree is in paleontology with a focus on mass extinctions. Her work included combining both real-world data and statistical modeling to determine the role that biophysical and external forcing agents played in selectivity during extinctions. These same types of analyses have relevance in deconstructing the complexities of climate change impacts, creating a standardized ranking system and prioritizing risk across the various venues of infrastructure, public health, social vulnerabilities and economic impacts.

Dickson has published two books: Maine's Fossil Record: The Paleozoic (2007) and Historic Bridges of Maine: 350 Years of Bridge and Roadway Design (2015; co-edited with David Gardner), and currently has plans to publish a third on Climate Finance.

Klaus Lackner, Arizona State University

Klaus Lackner is the Director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University. His research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties, the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems, and energy and environmental policy.

In 1999, Lackner was the first person to suggest the artificial capture of carbon dioxide from air in the context of carbon management. His recent work at Columbia University as Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy advanced innovative approaches to energy issues of the future and the pursuit of environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.