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CAMS 2016: A great success

CAMS 2016: A great success

Source: Andrew S.M. Ang and Christopher C. Berndt

Swinburne University of Technology hosted the 5th Combined Australian Materials Societies (CAMS) conference held from December 6th to 8th, 2016. The co-chairs of CAMS 2016, Profs Peter Hodgson and Chris Berndt, under the auspices of Materials Australia and the Australian Ceramic Society, welcomed over 300 attendees for the three day conference where over 220 presentations were delivered.

There were 13 “hot topic” symposia themes covered by CAMS2016: Future manufacturing, processes and products; Biomaterials and ceramics; Translational research in polymers and composites; Durable materials for demanding environments; Materials for energy generation, conversion & storage; Advances in materials characterisation; Advances in steel technology; Corrosion, degradation & wear of materials; Light metals design; Thermal-mechanical and processing; Nanostructured and nanoscaled materials; Geopolymers & use of waste materials; and Nuclear waste & fuel. The technical program was diverse with representations from over 40 Australian universities, research organisations, overseas universities and industries. This assembly of contributors rendered an intensive 3-day program with five concurrent streams, complimented with a road show from leading industry sponsors and exhibitors.

Attendees were received each morning at the conference plenary presentations by world renowned speakers, such as Professor K.A. Khor (Director RSO, Nanyang Technological University), Professor David StJohn (Emeritus Professor at University of Queensland), Professor B.S. Murty, (Head of Department, Indian Institute of Technology– Madras), who all gave insights into their extensive materials research experiences. Co-Chair Professor Peter Hodgson mentioned, “CAMS 2016 is special because it actually gives our young researchers and PhD students a rare opportunity to stand in front of a scientific audience and deliver a presentation on their research findings. And they will receive feedback that is constructive.”

CAMS2016 also hosted two short courses on “Use of Metallography in Failure Analysis” by prominent materials expert George Vander Voort, as well as “Thermal Spray Technology” taught by co-Chair Chris Berndt. Both courses were well attended by representatives from local industries and universities.

Over numerous cups of coffee, excellent nutrition, and social events during CAMS2016, constructive discussions and partnership networks were forged. The biennial CAMS conference has established a reputation as Australia’s largest interdisciplinary technical meeting focused on sharing the latest advances in engineering materials, material sciences and technology. The international outreach and exposure is an additional major contributor to the success of CAMS.

The CAMS 2016 program organising conference acknowledge the finance support of our Conference Partners: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Thermo Fisher; Conference Sponsors: Struers Inc., ATA Scientific, Carl Zeiss, Coherent Scientific; and Exhibitors: Scientex, Newspec, Olympus, Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), Lastek, AXT, and Springer.

Swinburne University of Technology and Deakin University also contributed significant resources that supported this conference and the leadership of these universities is thanked for their support and encouragement.

Finally, to all delegates who came from all over Australia and around the world- THANK YOU for making CAMS 2016 a huge success. We look forward to seeing you again at CAMS 2018!

The co-Chairs, Prof. Peter Hodgson on the far left and Prof. Chris Berndt on the far right, corral the 3 Plenary Speakers: for left to right we have Prof. B.S.Murty, Prof. David StJohn and Prof. Michael Khor.

The participants of the 2 Short Courses stand behind the two instructors who are sitting down at the front. Chris Berndt is on the left and George Vander Voort, wearing his microstructural tie, is on the right.

Professor Alek Subic (DCV Swinburne University of Technology) and Professor Peter Hodgson (DVC Deakin University) opened the conference on behalf of the delegates.

Intent interest from delegates during a technical presentation.

Professor Simon Ringer (University of Sydney) giving an intriguing talk on Atom Probe Microscopy


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