The conference established its roots in 1951 when the late T. S. Hutchison, a professor of solid-state physics at the Royal Military College, and colleagues at Queens University, the University of Toronto, Alcan and the National Research Council began holding annual summer meetings at RMC. These meetings quickly became known as the Canadian Metal Physics Conference, with the self-proclaimed mission of fostering the development in Canada of a then modest research activity in physical metallurgy.

By 1976, to acknowledge changes that had taken place in the mission of most universities with metallurgical programs, the name of the Conference was changed to the Canadian Materials Science Conference. The Conference was held at RMC until 2000. Since 2001, the Conference has been hosted at a different venue each year.

The conference maintains a significant student component. The importance of this emphasis is indicated by the names of past student award winners, many of whom now hold positions of considerable authority in universities, industry or research establishments.

The conference is organized by the University in conjunction with the Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (MetSoc of CIM).


The 31st Canadian Materials Science Conference follows the tradition of previous conferences in this series held at different universities across Canada. It provides a collegial forum for students and researchers to discuss recent advances in the field of fundamental and applied materials chemistry, materials physics and materials engineering to promote a better understanding of the processes that determine the structure and properties of engineering materials at different length and time scales.

The scope of the conference includes aspects of the structure, processing, properties and performance as applied to structural materials, functional materials, electronic materials, nanomaterials, biomaterials, materials for energy and others.

In 2019 we will feature the following special events:

  • Special symposium on David Embury
  • D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecturer Award winner:  Professor Frans Spaepen, the John C. and Helen F. Franklin Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University
  • Metal Chemistry Award winner Lecturer : Dr. D. Shoesmith, Western Ontario
  • Metal Physics Award winner Lecturer: Dr. D. Chen, Ryerson

We look forward to welcoming you to CMSC 2019.

Dr. Matthias Militzer
Professor, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing

The conference is supported by: