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30th August 2018, Cairns

University of Southern Queensland hosts ACCM-11

The 11th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM-11), one of the largest composites conferences in the world for 2018, was hosted by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Cairns, Australia, from 30 July – 1 August. The conference was co-hosted by University of Sydney, Deakin University and Swinburne University.

USQ’s Centre for Future Materials (CFM) organised the three-day program, which featured 27 themes across 12 parallel sessions and showcased five plenary and 30 keynote presentations. This year the conference attracted a record number of 550 delegates from 34 countries, with the top delegate countries including China, Australia, Korea and Japan.

This year the conference attracted a record number of 550 delegates from 34 countries. © USQ/ACCM-11

The conference highlighted the recent developments in areas, such as 3D and 4D printing of functional composites, fire retardant composites, composites manufacturing sensor technologies, advanced automated manufacturing, repair, thermoelectric and battery composites.

“Composite materials research is the core strength of USQ’s CFM, with a significant track record and a strong research team delivering world-leading research,” said CFM Director and ACCM-11 Co-Chair Professor Peter Schubel. “USQ was proud to deliver ACCM-11 and sent over 40 delegates as session chairs, oral and poster presenters. USQ Professor Hao Wang and the CFM team delivered an exemplary conference programme with novel elements such as the Young Researchers Award and the Journal Session.”

Exhibitors included MTS, John Morris, NETZSCH, ThermoFisher Scientific, JouleYacht, Wiley, Elsevier and JEC.

The conference highlighted the recent developments in areas, such as 3D and 4D printing of functional composites. © USQ/ACCM-11

Recipients of the ACCM-11 Young Researcher Awards were Jeng Hun Lee (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Anil Ravindran (RMIT) and Madhubhashitha Herath (University of Southern Queensland), while the Poster Awards went to Ping Song (North West Polytechnical University), Jian-Cheng Lai (Nanjing University), Hyun-Wook Park (KAIST) and Tingyu Liu (Ming Chi University of Technology).

A special Journal Session was run, where the editors of Composite Sci and Tech, Composites Part A, Composites Part B, Composites Communications and Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science promoted their journals and highlighted new initiatives and future directions. The Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science journal will publish a special issue for ACCM-11.

ACCM-12 will be hosted by Zhe Jiang University and Chaired by Professor Hua-xin Peng in China in 2020.

www.usq.edu.au

www.accm11.org

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