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Interview: M. Takahashi, President of ISGS

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The new President of the International Sol-Gel Society, Prof. Masahide Takahashi from Osaka Prefecture University (Japan), outlines the perspectives and future challenges of the sol-gel community.

The International Sol-Gel Society (ISGS) is an organization that has assumed a leadership role in advancing the sol-gel science and technology worldwide. With this critical responsibility in mind, I will strive to fulfil my mission as the new President of ISGS. Due to fast-paced development in fundamentals and application of functional materials from molecular and solution approaches coupled with nano-chemistry, we have now reached a major turning point in the social and industrial role of ISGS. In line with global trends, while foreseeing the future, we will pursue a rapid, flexible, bold organization toward becoming a powerful research networks in the new wave of technological development.


ISGS’s aims are both to represent the particular needs and aspirations of the international sol-gel community and to support this sol-gel community. The society's mission is threefold:

  • to coordinate the promotion of sol-gel science and technology in the scientific and industrial community,
  • to foster communication between researchers from different fields and geographical regions through the organization of conferences and the publication and circulation of technical papers,
  • to encourage education, training, and research in the field of sol-gel science and technology.

To achieve these purposes, ISGS convenes the bi-annual International Sol-Gel Conference in many parts of the world. The next one will be held in Liège, Belgium in autumn 2017. These conferences play an important role to educate, federate, and disseminate scientific knowledge to people working in related fields. I expect a lot of researchers get together there and achieve outstanding synergetic improvements. To initiate young researchers and engineers into the Sol-Gel field, a Sol-Gel summer school is also operated by ISGS every 2 years in addition to the International Sol-Gel Conferences. The exciting school is planning to hold at Alghero, Italy in 2018. We can learn fundamentals and application of Sol-Gel based approach in addition to construct lifetime friendship between attendees in the early stage of their research carrier with nice wine and beautiful beach!

When attempting to promote ISGS presence, we need to gain international exchanges, to promote academia-industry cooperation, and to motivate young researchers in this field, all of which are basic premises. To achieve our targets, your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

Masahide Takahashi

President of the International Sol-Gel Society

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Professor of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University

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