European Event on Composites for Improved Sustainability and Environmental Performance

15 April 2007

A unique new event in the composites calendar, Composites innovation 2007, will take place on 4-5 October 2007 in Barcelona with its focus on the use of composites for improved sustainability and environmental performance.

Following the success of their last conference - Composites Europe 2005: composites innovation and routes to market - NetComposites is launching a new series of conferences highlighting composites innovation. Composites Innovation 2007 will focus on improved sustainability and environmental performance, bringing together academia, researchers, industry and support organisations in an unparalleled forum to create new bridges between research and industry and facilitate the exploitation of high-quality European research.

The event is specifically designed to appeal to an audience from all application sectors, offering an ideal opportunity to stimulate and facilitate technology transfer between industries.

Speaking on reasons behind initiating the event, Dr Sue Halliwell, NetComposites’ Technology Transfer Manager said: “Increased ecological awareness means that issues such as recyclability and environmental safety, as well as the use of more sustainable materials are becoming increasingly important. Environmental legislation is also increasing the pressure on manufacturers of materials and end-products to consider the environmental impact of their products at all stages of their life cycle. This conference aims to showcase recent technological developments as well as promote improved technology transfer between industries to enable challenging legislative targets to be achieved and encourage the sustainable use of composites materials.”

The 2-day event will cover all the key environmental issues with sessions on:
• Economic, social and legislative issues
• Life cycle analysis (LCA)
• End of life issues
• Design for sustainability
• Use of sustainable materials
• Durability

Keynote presentations by major industry figures will set the scene for each day, and an exhibition will run alongside the conference.

High quality papers are invited for each of the main themes and authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of about 500 words (plus a maximum of two diagrams) via e-mail in word or PDF format before 27 April 2007. For further details and to download the Call for Papers click on the link below.

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