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CEO at Mat Search Consulting Hofmann
Margarethe Hofmann-Amtenbrink started her own business (Mat Search Consulting Hofmann) in Switzerland in 1987 and since then she is working for associations, foundations, governmental organisations and industry. Among various consulting activities for industry she became CEO of the Swiss Governmental Priority Program for Materials (PPM 1991-1994), CEO of the Swiss Association for Materials Technology, SVMT and President until 2007, and CEO of the Foundation for Rare Metals, ESM (1988-2017). She served the Swiss AO Foundation, medically guided, not-for-profit organization specialized in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system during 7 years as chairperson of a large research programme on biomaterials and biotechnology. Between 2000 and 2014 she was also involved as scientific coordination in two large EU research projects on nanoparticles for biomedical applications and she is now partner of the HORIZON Project FORAM and involved in MATCH through FEMS. Since 2009 she serves as member of the Executive Committee of FEMS and since 2012 she is Vice President, President and now Immediate Past President of FEMS. M. Hofmann studied foundry technology in Duisburg and then materials science in Berlin and received her PhD in materials science at the Max Planck Institute Stuttgart and Technical University Berlin, Germany. She is individual member of the Swiss Academy for Engineering Sciences, SATW, Switzerland.
Abstract title: Materials Common House – A network of organizations to promoting material research with a view of its industrial relevance
Abstract: A4M, the Alliance for Materials, has formed a network of European platforms such as NanoFuture, FTC, EMIRI, EuMaT, Suschem, Manufuture, ESTEP, SMR and E-MRS, and initiated two projects in FP7 (MatVal) and HORIZON 2020 (MatCH – 2015 – 2017). In MATCH, a total of 18 national and European stakeholders in materials science, technology and innovation gathered to establish the A4M “Materials Common House”, a network of organizations that promote material research with regard to their industrial relevance. The result of this project is a series of instruments that illustrate the importance of the materials used in industry and society. The lecture deals with some of the results, e.g. a relational database that enables governmental organizations and national and European research and industry platforms and organizations to be informed about the hot (and cold) spots of material research and innovation in Europe. MATCH has also set up a competent network of experts, which will deal with the topic of materials and its socio-political relevance in national and European research programs as well as in multilateral projects between universities and industry. In this way, MaTCH aims to address questions about the impact of material research on industrial innovations, on political and societal relevance to climate, water, environment and life expectancy as well as resource conservation, and to make proposals for future material research.