AuxDefense 2018 is sponsored by the Portuguese Ministry of National Defense, organized by the University of Minho and 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, research and technological centers, companies and all those interested in innovative solutions for this very high demanding field. The conference aims to represent a forum for exchanging ideas, presenting the latest developments and trends, proposing new solutions and promoting international collaborations.



  • includes 1 paper**


  • includes 1 paper**




*Reimbursement from cancellation: 50% until June 30, 2018; 0% after June 30, 2018.
**Presenting authors can submit 1 paper. Additional papers of presenting authors will be subject to a fee of 75 € each.
***The Publication Fee applies only for authors that are not planning to attend the conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Keynote Speakers

Giuseppe Giovanni Daquino

European Defence Agency

Jun Lou

Jun Lou

Rice University, Houston

Invited Speakers

Chee Lip

Chee Lip GAN

Nanyang Technological University

Shripad P. Mahulikar

Shripad P. Mahulikar

Aerospace Dept. IIT-Bombay

Sohel Rana

Sohel Rana

University of Minho

Jan Andzelm

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Javier LLorca

Polytechnic University of Madrid

Nunzio Cennamo

Nunzio Cennamo

University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"

Wang Shijie

Shijie Wang

Institute of Materials Research and Engineering

Lars Montelius

Lars Montelius

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

Grants for Young Researchers

Five grants are available for PhD students to attend AuxDefense 2018 with free registration.
Expressions of interest should be sent to secretariat@auxdefense.pt, after abstract submission, along with PhD student certificate.

Papers – Scientific Journal

Selected papers will be published:

On Key Engineering Materials from Transtech Publications
In a book published by Springer
In the conference AuxDefense 2018 Proceedings


Organizing Partners
Força Aérea Portuguesa
Associate Partners



São Julião da Barra Fort

São Julião da Barra Fort is one of Portugal’s largest maritime fortifications and is impressive for its size and power, besides being the official residence of the Portuguese Ministry of Defense. On foggy mornings and afternoons, the line of its walls looks like the bow of a ship ploughing along the Tagus. It was built to protect the sandbar and access the port of Lisbon.

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