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The TMS 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition is a unique venue where materials scientists and engineers representing a broad spectrum of disciplines and nearly 70 countries can meet face-to-face to exchange research and connect with individuals they may not meet otherwise. It provides valuable professional development opportunities for materials scientists and engineers at all stages of their careers. But we understand that your organization likely has a limited budget for travel and conference attendance. If that’s the case, please use the items in this toolkit to show your supervisors the value of attending TMS2013.


This kit includes:

Justification Letter: Customize this letter template with information specific to your employer and responsibilities and then submit it to your supervisor to request funding to attend the TMS 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

TMS2013 Advance Brochure: This PDF succinctly outlines the highlights of the conference and benefits of attending.

"TMS Convenes the Continuum of Materials Science and Engineering": Share key points from this comprehensive overview of TMS2013 with your supervisors to further state your case for attendance.

"Legislation to Cut Travel Will Hurt Collaboration": Share this editorial—penned by TMS Executive Director James J. Robinson—which argues the case for investing in technical conference attendance.

Cost-Saving Tips and Opportunities

Consider these tips to help reduce the cost of your trip and to make the most of the funds your company spends on travel:

  • Register Early: Submit your registration form and payment by February 1 to receive the advance registration rate (a savings of up to $100).
  • Book Hotel Rooms Early: TMS has reserved blocks of rooms at discounted rates at six hotels convenient to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Book early to ensure placement in one of these room blocks.
  • Make the Most of Your Travel: While in San Antonio, plan to attend one of six TMS Short Courses held in conjunction with the meeting to receive more bang for your travel buck.
  • Share What You Learn: Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation for your non-attending colleagues after the conference to share what you learned. That way others in your organization will get the benefits of your attendance, too.

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