At the end of 1980s, on initiative of one of the leading Finnish scientists Prof. K. Lilius, the series of scientific conferences-exhibitions have been launched with participation of scientists and specialists from the Western and Eastern Europe. Those events were named as MatTech, and the scientists from opposite political coalitions have received the opportunity for wide contacts. The events have been held in Helsinki, Strasbourg, and St.-Petersburg, and they promoted well establishing the fruitful scientific and personal contacts. The hundreds of scientists and manufacturers from Europe and former Soviet Union have participated in those events.
From Western party, the events were held under auspices of such respected in scientific society organizations as E-MRS and FEMS.
After 15-years interval one of the holders of MatTech conferences Frantsevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science of NASU on 2007 restored the organization of International conferences with wide materials research profile under new modern brand – HighMatTech. Conferences in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 caused interests on materials research scientists from many countries: Ukraine, Russia, Byelorussia, Georgia, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain etc. Last scientific material science achievements exchange may promote the participation in international research programs in future. Furthermore, all participants will have the possibility of scientific exchange and discussions with representatives from about 15 Ukrainian Materials Research Society divisions situated in main regional centers of Ukraine. Special meeting concerning possibilities of international cooperation is planned.