Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the conference Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies (FM&NT-2015), to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on October 5 – 8, 2015.

Advanced materials, being the key to the economic growth, prosperity and quality of life of humans, is the general topic of the meeting. Materials science is an interdisciplinary field, bridging the fundamental science and applied engineering. The series of FM&NT conferences is aimed at the exchange of knowledge and cooperation among the experts within certain fields and across related topics, as well as at revealing new trends and problems. Participants from academia and industry are both welcomed. Young scientists are especially encouraged to come. Plenary, invited, oral and poster presentations will stimulate interaction between scientists and engineers. Is there a better place to start a collaboration?

FM&NT became an international forum attracting participants not only from the countries of Baltic sea region, but also from the rest of EU, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Korea, Georgia, Turkey, Serbia, etc. The diverse country list is an indication of the importance of the conference for scientists working in various fields. The prospective topics of the conference can be found here.

The conference is an annual event started in 2006 in Riga (Latvia). For 7 years, it has been organized by the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia. In 2013, the event moved to Estonia, and was organized by the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu (Estonia), then returned back to Riga in 2014, where a joint conference RCBJSF–2014–FM&NT was organized.

The conference will take place in the main campus of Vilnius University, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe, situated in the heart of the historical centre of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The Old Town of Vilnius with numerous churches and baroque architecture is listed in the Unesco World Heritage List. Major attractions and sightseeing places are within a walking distance from the conference venue and hotels convenient for accommodation.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Vilnius!

Conference Chair prof. Jūras Banys

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