International Rubber Conference 2019

Posted on: 13/02/2019

Call for abstracts & Student Prize Award now open for IRC 2019, 3rd-5th Sept.

The International Rubber Conference 2019 is being held on 3rd – 5th September 2019 at the Kia Oval in London, hosted by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The three-day event grants delegates the opportunity to learn about technical advances in the global rubber market.

There is currently a call for paper abstracts on the theme of engineering application of elastomers, polymer innovations, process and manufacturing advancements, filler and additives developments, with additional themes on sustainability, material characterisation and modelling. The range of applications includes tyre, vehicles, mining, oil and gas, biomedical, healthcare and agriculture. A full list of topics for abstracts can be viewed here.

The deadline for abstracts to be submitted is 1st March 2019 and must be no longer than 300 words, with final papers required by 30 June 2019. You can submit your abstract by clicking here.


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The International Rubber Conference Organisation (IRCO) Student Prize Award is now open, which will be presented at the International Rubber Conference. The prize will be awarded for the best student papers presented at the conference, as judged by a panel of experts in the field.

There are several prizes on offer, with ¬£750 awarded for the best oral presentation, and ¬£500 awarded for the best poster presentation, plus a further prize for the ‘Sustainable Innovation Award’. To enter you must be a student, at the time of the conference, registered at an accredited University or research institution.

For more information on the IRCO Student Prize please click here.

About IRC 2019:

IRC 2019 will have a focus on innovations in elastomer materials and products, and the three-day conference is a must-attend to learn about technical advances in the global rubber market. It is the largest annual global conference for the rubber community. 2019 will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Thomas Hancock’s pioneering work with natural rubber in London, when he developed a mechanical method of processing rubber. In addition, 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the IOM3 – the organisation organising IRC 2019 on behalf of the International Rubber Conference Organisation (IRCO). KTN will be proudly co-sponsoring the event.

IRC 2019 will provide a platform for rubber scientists, technologists, academics and industrialists to share knowledge. Around 200 papers and posters are expected to be presented in key themes of engineering application of elastomers, polymer innovations, process and manufacturing advancements, as well as filler and additive developments. Sustainability, material characterisation and modelling shall also be covered. The event will also host training programmes allied to the rubber industry, a large exhibition and taster events for local schools, while delegates can further enjoy the conference dinner overlooking the cricket pitch.

Call for papers deadline: 1st March 2019

Deadline for early bird registration: 30th June 2019

For more information, please click here.

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