The 12th International Scientific Conference 'Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies – FM&NT-2018' was held on October 2-5, in Riga. The event was organized by the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL). This conference is a continuation of meetings, first of which was organized in 2006 by ISSP UL in Riga. Since 2013 FM&NT conferences turned over a new page, becoming a common conference of all three Baltic countries. Now it is being organized periodically by the ISSP UL, University of Tartu, and Vilnius University. FM&NT-2018 is also a tribute to 40th anniversary of the ISSP UL, Latvia’s Centenary programme Latvia 100 and beginning of Centenary year of the University of Latvia.

The purpose of the FM&NT is to bring together materials scientists, physicists, chemists, research staff, engineers, as well as experts in a wide range of the most demanding application areas, and students from universities, research institutes and related industrial companies. The topics of the conference included materials for energy and renewable energy technologies, biomedicine, multifunctional inorganic, organic and hybrid materials for photonics, micro- and nanoelectronics.

This year, more than 180 scientists from USA, Belarus, Denmark, South Africa, France, Georgia, Estonia, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Thailand, Taiwan, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, and, of course, Latvia presented their latest scientific achievements, reported on trends and activities in research and development of perspective materials using modern nanotechnology techniques.

6 plenary, 19 invited, 36 oral and 130 poster presentations reflected the results of theoretical and experimental research on functional materials and related processes, as well as possible application of innovative materials in science and economy.