Emerging Researchers International Symposium held at Wollongong

The International Symposium for Emerging Researchers in Composites for Infrastructure (ISERCI) (10-11 July 2017) and the International Summer School on Composites in Infrastructure (ISSCI) (12-14 July 2017) were successfully held at the University of Wollongong (UoW).

The two events were organized by the International Centre for Composites in Infrastructure (ICCI) at the UOW and were sponsored by the ARC NANOCOMM research hub, Engineers Australia and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).

The ISERCI symposium included a two-day program with over 40 presentations. The symposium attracted over 70 attendees from six countries, including academics, research students and industry practitioners. The topics covered by the presentations at the ISERCI symposium included strengthening of existing structures using composite materials, novel high-performance structures incorporating composite materials, new composite materials for infrastructure, impact and blast behavior of composite-enabled structures, design standards and industry practice. The ISSCI summer school included a three-day teaching program,  and provided a comprehensive and thorough treatment of the behaviour, modelling and design of structures incorporating Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites, with a strong emphasis on their fundamental mechanics. The topics covered by the ISSCI included research approaches and experimental techniques, FRP-strengthened concrete and steel structures, FRP-enabled new structures, durability and fire resistance and design issues.  

The invited speakers/lecturers of the two events included: Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Chair Professor & Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Prof. Jian-Fei Chen, Professor at Queen’s University Belfast, UK and the President of International Institute for FRP in Construction; Prof. Xiao-Ling Zhao, Chair of Civil Engineering at Monash University; Prof. Wen-Hui Duan, Professor at Monash University and Director of the ARC NANOCOMM research hub; Prof. Riadh Al-Mahaidi, Professor and Academic Vice President at Swinburne University of Technology; Prof. Scott Smith, Dean of Engineering at Southern Cross University; Prof. Raafat El-Hacha, Killam Professor at University of Calgary, Canada; Prof. Andrea Prota, University of Naples Federico II, Italy; Prof. Jian-Zhuang Xiao, Tongji University, China; Prof. Peng Feng, Tsinghua University, China; A/Prof. Mina Dawood, University of Huston, USA; Dr. Yew-Chin Koay, Team Leader of Structural Technology and Assets, VicRoads Asset Services.