International Rubber Conference - Further Information Released

Posted on: 26/04/2019

The first plenary speakers have been announced for IRC2019, as well as information on training courses.


The first plenary speaker for the International Rubber Conference 2019 has been confirmed as Professor Dr. Manfred Kl√ºppel, Head of Department Material Concepts and Modelling at¬†Deutsches Institut f√ºr Kautschuktechnologie e. V, Germany. Kl√ºppel’s talk is on ‘Modelling and Design of Elastomers – From Molecular Mechanisms to Industrial Applications’ which will focus on reinforcement mechanisms and modelling approaches with applications for FEM simulations.


The second plenary speaker has been announced as Professor Judit E. Puskas, AIMBE and IUPAC Fellow, Biomaterial and Biopolymer Engineering Program at Ohio State University, USA. Puskas’s talk is titled ‘Natural Rubber Biosynthesis: Still a Mystery’.


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.


IRC2019 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.


IOM3 have additionally released details on training courses which are available at IRC2019 on Monday 2nd September, held by the Rubber Division, Rubber Consultants and Lord. The courses will allow attendees to learn more about the rubber industry. The Rubber Division will focus their course on basic rubber compounding, while Rubber Consultants will showcase the use of rubber in design of engineering components with a combination of theory and a workshop. Lord’s training will be on LORD Corporation Chemsoil & Chemlok substrate-to-metal bonding agents through theory and experiment. Participants of the training courses can attend the IRC2019 conference on 3rd – 5th September at a discounted rate. For full details on the training courses and prices please click here.


For more information on IRC2019, please click here.

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