Research and development (R&D) on advanced materials for defense is being driven all over the world by the most renowned Universities, Research Centers, Military Institutes and Companies to meet important requirements to enhance safety and survivability of platforms and personnel, along with requirements for enhanced maintainability and operability of platforms.
This conference focuses on advanced materials research in the forward-looking enabling R&D domain where the intersection of key technologies in areas such as nano and microtechnology, biotechnology, sensor technology, stealth materials, smart materials and structures, and energy generation and storage is being explored.
AuxDefense 2020 – World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense, to be held in Porto, Portugal, aims to be the meeting point for everyone interested in these outstanding advanced materials, including researchers, technicians, technologists, militaries and students.

Important dates

Conference Topics

  • Active Materials
  • Auxetic Materials
  • Blast Protection
  • Camouflage
  • Chameleonic Materials
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Detection/Protection
  • Composite Materials
  • Energy Harvesting and Storage
  • Energy and Impact Absorption
  • Fibres
  • Meta Materials
  • Monitoring and Sensor Systems
  • Nanomaterials and Nanostructures
  • Self-healing Materials
  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Textiles
  • Thermoregulation

Air domain

Performance / Low Weight Design for military Applications;
Improved Modelling of failure and damage propagation;
Materials for additive manufacturing;
High temperatures composites for missiles and jet engines;
Integration of Structural Health Monitoring Systems.

Naval domain

Self-healing materials or coatings;
Monitoring of signature;
New armoured solutions;
Repair by additive manufacturing;
Structural health monitoring of structures;
Lightweight Structure / New design concept for deck with metallic solutions.

Land domain

Reparability (monitoring, repair, assessment);
New lighter protections;
New protection capability with light weight structures;
New lighter protections for soldier.

Cross-cutting domain

Graphene-based technologies;
Novel manufacturing processes, automated layer up, and in-situ process verification;
Multifunctional materials for dynamic, multispectral camouflage;
Self-indicating materials;
Structural health monitoring and verification of manufacturing processes;
or Smart textiles to collect, analyse and transmit information, to protect and reduce heat stress.

Source: EDA – European Defense Agency

Keynote Speakers

Giuseppe Giovanni Daquino

European Defence Agency

Invited Speakers

Fabiana Arduini

University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Ramaswamy Nagarajan

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Edwin Teo

Nanyang Technological University

Hong Hu

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Lars Montelius

Lars Montelius

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

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Vladan Koncar

University of Lille

Grants for Young Researchers

Five grants are available for PhD students to attend AuxDefense 2020 with free registration.
Expressions of interest should be sent to, after abstract submission, along with PhD student certificate.

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2020

Papers – Scientific Journal

Selected papers will be published:
  • Key Engineering Materials
  • AuxDefense 2020 Conference Proceedings
  • Materials Today Proceedings
  • Special Issue about “Advanced Materials for Defense: Development, Analysis and Applications”, Applied Sciences, (IF: 2.217)

DEADLINE | February 15, 2020

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