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, stealth materials, smart materials and structures, and energy generation and storage is being explored.
AuxDefense 2018 – 1st World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense, to be held in Lisbon, 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

  • Composite Materials
  • Fibres
  • Textiles
  • Active Materials
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Protection
  • Nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • Energy harvesting and storage
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Auxetic materials
  • Self-healing materials
  • Meta materials
  • Chameleonic materials
  • Thermoregulation
  • Energy and impact absorption
  • Monitoring systems
  • Camouflage

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

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, 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


DEADLINE | February 15, 2018

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