Keynote Speakers


René Rossi

Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles, Empa, Switzerland


Fabiana Arduini

University of Rome, Italy

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Seeram Ramakrishna

National University of Singapore

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Daniel Rittel

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion, Israel

Invited Speakers


Daniela Zavec

TITERA Innovative Technologies, Slovenia


Giuseppe G. Daquino

European Defence Agency (EDA), Belgium

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Changquan Lai

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Hong Hu

Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Genevieve Langdon

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom


Jonathan Tran

School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia

Papers – Scientific Journals

The authors will have the opportunity to publish their conference papers in:
  • AuxDefense 2022 Book of Abstracts (Free);
  • Selected papers will be published in Defence Technology Journal by Elsevier (IF 3.172);
  • Special Issue “Advanced Materials for Defense: from textiles to composites”, Applied Sciences by MDPI (open access, IF2.679, ISSN: 2076-3417).

Grants for Young Researchers

Five grants are available for Ph.D. students to attend AuxDefense 2022 with free registration.

Expressions of interest should be sent to, after abstract submission, along with the Ph.D. student certificate. 


AuxDefense 2022 — 3rd World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense is sponsored by the Portuguese Ministry of National Defense, organized by the University of Minho, and it’s focused on the latest scientific and technical novelties in advanced materials for Defense, including equipment and soldier protective systems.

The conference will bring together various universities, researchers, technological centers, companies, and all of the entities interested in innovative solutions for this very high demanding field. The conference also aims to be a place that promotes the exchange of ideas, the presentation of the latest developments and trends, the proposal of new solutions, and, ultimately promote international collaborations.



Hybrid Model

The AuxDefense Conference will occur on July 6, 7, and 8 of 2022, in a hybrid model which will be broadcast to the entire world from the Hotel De Guimarães, in Guimarães, the city where Portugal was born.

The conference will have oral and posters sessions as well as scientific publications. Like in the previous editions that occurred in Lisbon (2018) and Online (2020), the AuxDefense Conference will gather universities, researchers, technological centers, companies, and all the entities interested in the innovation of the Defense realm.

In case you decide to be physically present in the event, find out more about Guimarães, how to arrive, and where you can stay, here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsors
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Organizing Partners
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