2018 Erich Bloch Symposium

June 4 - 5, 2018 | Buffalo, NY

Our annual symposium is dedicated to the late Erich Bloch, former director of the National Science Foundation who helped endow the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at UB.

A selection of keynote speakers, moderators and panelists at the 2017 Erich Bloch Symposium.

(From left) Krishna Rajan, Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor, Department of Materials Design and Innovation, University at Buffalo, C. Daniel Mote, Jr., President, National Academy of Engineering, William C. Harris, President and CEO, Science Foundation Arizona, Rita R. Colwell, Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, President and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc., and 11th Director of the NSF, Robert W. Corell, Principal, Global Environment Technology Foundation.



Things to do in Buffalo

Buffalo is a historic city on the rise with one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. Listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as America’s Favorite City and ranked one of the best cities in which to attend college, Buffalo is beloved by UB students for its fantastic culture and memorable people. Bonus: we’re in the perfect location. By bus, train, car or air, you’re less than 90 minutes from cities like New York, Toronto, D.C. and Philly.

YouTube Video: The story of Buffalo, New York's world class urban design and how today's generation is rediscovering and restoring 'America's Best Designed City.'

In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something fun to do, whether it's taking a leisurely walk in one of our glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a thought-provoking work of art at dozens of art galleries.


World-class galleries, a robust theater scene and music for every ear make Western New York a major arts destination. Our riches include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, BPO and Shea's.


Stand where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office. Gaze at the terminus of the Erie Canal. Wander through a fort that played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War.


Chicken wings put our city on the culinary map, but there’s much more to Buffalo’s diverse food scene. A broad selection of upscale restaurants and ethnic eateries reflects the region’s cultural mix.


From quaint pubs and cozy corner coffeehouses to stylish dance clubs and eclectic live-music joints, you’re sure to find a scene in one of several distinct districts that suits your style and your budget.


Hiking, skiing, water sports and more: The area’s outdoor scene offers an array of opportunities to be active year-round. We’ve got top-rated golf courses, not to mention Lake Erie and the Niagara River.


Buffalo is home to two major professional sports teams—the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills and the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres—and some of the world’s most spirited fans.



Latest Announcements

Mark your calendars! This year's Erich Bloch Symposium will be held June 4-5, 2018 in Buffalo, NY. This year's theme is Materials in a Regenerative Economy. More details to come!

This year we are pleased to feature a pre-symposium STEM Master Teachers Climate Change Workshop, Saturday, June 2nd. Details coming soon.

This year's symposium will be directly followed by the CoRE Change Agent Summit, Wednesday, June 6th. This post-symposium event is your chance to learn about inclusive innovation in the solar industry.

Event Information

Date: June 2-6, 2018
Buffalo, NY

Event Start Date: June 4, 2018