FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2017
Torkel Nord Bjaerneman
National Graphene Association Announces Graphene Innovation & Research Conference to be Held in Mississippi
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Graphene Association is pleased to announce the Southeastern regional conference, Graphene Innovation & Research Conference, its first in the new national conference series. The inaugural event will be held in the Mississippi state capital city of Jackson, Mississippi, on November 19-20, 2019, at The Westin Jackson.
The two-day conference will bring together leaders from academia, industry and government funding agencies. The focus will be on recent advances in graphene innovation and research; bridging the gap between lab and industry; and enabling graphene-focused technologies.
During the first day of the conference, leading scientists and scholars will share the most recent research, innovation, and trends in the field of graphene and start building a robust graphene research network within the U.S. The second day of the event will address economic development and industrial impact enabled by graphene.
With the initial year of the Graphene Innovation & Research Conference focusing on the Southeast region and being held in the home state of the current chair of the NGA Graphene Academic Council – the University of Mississippi. Each subsequent year the conference series will be held in different regions of the country, in order to advance graphene development and forge partnerships throughout the nation.
The 2019 Graphene Innovation & Research Conference will be supported by The University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).
“This conference is the continuation of NGA initiatives to cater to the needs of the graphene current and future stakeholders. Following the hugely successful American Graphene Summit on Capitol Hill -supported by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) – this event focuses on graphene research, innovation and its impact on regional and national economic development,” said Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Executive Director of the NGA.
“Graphene will impact the global economy every area and in ways yet unimagined. Our hope is that we will have a national center for graphene development and the transfer of this technology in all areas of commerce. This conference will acquaint Mississippi business and industry of the revolution coming and being facilitated by the NGA,” said Dr. Ed Meek of Oxford, NGA Founder and President.
Josh Gladden, Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi, said, “The establishment of the Graphene Innovation and Research Conference as an information exchange between academic and government scientists and industry is a critical step in transitioning graphene based technologies out into products and tools that can benefit society. The University of Mississippi and the Center for Graphene Research and Innovation are thrilled to participate and support this inaugural conference in our home state.”
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About the National Graphene Association (NGA)
The National Graphene Association is the main organization and body in the U.S. advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene. NGA is focused on addressing critical issues such as policy and standards development that will result in effective integration of graphene and graphene-based materials globally. NGA brings together current and future graphene stakeholders — entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, developers and suppliers, investors, venture capitalists, and government agencies — to drive innovation, and to promote and facilitate the commercialization of graphene products and technologies.