The objective of the conference will be to bring together researchers with interests in composites and other specialist materials, with technology demonstrators working in demanding engineering applications requiring high specific strength or stiffness, high temperature performance, high tolerance geometrical stability or other unusual and challenging requirements.
The target number of attendees will be 80-120: a small enough gathering that it is possible for all of the delegates to meet each other. Some of the attendees will be young researchers working or aiming to work in interdisciplinary topics in this area. Others will be more established researchers or industrial technology developers. The aim is to bring the diversity of depth of expertise, breadth of application requirements, together with ambition, energy, experience and expertise.
The conference will include discussion time, to focus on what the challenges are for future engineering capability, and what the necessary technology enablers could be. This could form the basis for future collaborative project team building, maximising the interdisciplinary and international credentials for successful proposal bidding.
The format of each day of the conference will include a plenary lecture on a specialist subject, made more accessible to an expert but non-specialist audience. The research paper presentation sessions will follow, with round table discussion sessions and Keynote presentations later in the day. A range of social events will also take place.