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CAMS 2014: The Premium Event of the Australian Materials Calendar

CAMS 2014: The Premium Event of the Australian Materials Calendar

CAMS2014 was Australia’s largest interdisciplinary technical meeting, focused on the latest advances in materials science, engineering and technology. Including world-renowned speakers, an intensive scientific program with six concurrent streams, and exciting social events, the three-day conference was the premium event of the Australian materials calendar.

Materials Australia and the Australian Ceramic Society presented the third biennial conference of the Combined Australian Materials Societies (CAMS) conference. It was held from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 November, in the newly opened Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.

The themes of the 2014 CAMS conference were quite diverse, including advances in materials characterisation and steel technology, biomaterials, cements and geopolymers, ferroelectrics, light metals, materials for energy generation, materials simulation and modelling, metal casting and thermomechanical processing, nanostructured and nanoscale materials, particulate packing and flow, raw materials processing and smart building materials.

Speakers at the conference included Zhiwei Shan (Executive Director, Centre for Advancing Materials Performance from the Nanoscale), Professor Zi-Kui Liu (Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at PennState University), Peter Hodgson (Director, Institute for Frontier Matierals), Professor Tony Weiss (Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Sydney University), and many more.

In the lead up to the conference, CAMS offered delegates the opportunity to participate in an intensive two-day preconference Fracture and Fractography of Ceramic Materials short course. Usually only available in the US, the course was facilitated by Richard Bradt and George Quinn, two prominent US researchers and educators. The course was very well received by all 25 participants.

The conference featured an Innovative Space, which showcased the latest technology and equipment from materials and ceramics research instrument supplies. This provided all CAMS delegates with the opportunity to interact directly with industry representatives, including ATA Scientific, AXT, C-therm, Nanovae, Netszch, Olympus, Scitech and Thermo Fisher.

CAMS2014 was a great success, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the committee members. Materials Australia would like to take this opportunity to thank all the committee members and volunteers who worked tirelessly over the last few months to present an engaging, informative, extremely well-run event.

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