The Pacific Centre for Advanced Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM) brings together world-class expertise and sophisticated materials research infrastructure at Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic). The depth and breadth of materials scientists in the Vancouver area led to the formation of PCAMM in 1995. This collaborative venture seeks to ensure that developments in materials growth, fabrication, and characterization at the three universities are optimized both in terms of people and resources for the entire region. Exceptional research outcomes are achieved through collaboration among research groups with complementary expertise; this philosophy, which is common in industry and government, has been adopted within PCAMM. One of the highlights of PCAMM is the annual meeting held in early December each year, which has been running continously since 1996. For an idea of some of the research topics covered under PCAMM please see the link to meeting archives.