|Host City||Canberra, Australia|
|Date||2012 - September|
ABOUT THE CONGRESS
This biennial conference has traditionally been held in North America, with the 2012 conference being the first time it has been held in Australia. The 140 international visitors represented over 95% of all IIBCC delegates.
One of the major benefits of the IIBCC 2012 was the opportunity to meet both key decision makers in the manufacturing and marketing of inorganic-bonded fibre composites as well as potential customers. It was also an opportunity to hear leading experts present on recent developments and findings relevant to the production of inorganic-bonded composites. While many technologies are extensively manufactured around the world, others are in concept stage.
Highlights of the IIBCC 2012 included the conference dinner in the Members Dining Room at Old Parliament House, which was preceded by drinks in the majestic Kings Hall.
Another highlight for the international delegates was an architectural tour of the city, which began a talk at the top of Mt Ainslie by cultural consultant and historian, Dr David Headon. The architecture of Canberra was discussed by Mr Graeme Trickett of the Institute of Architects and included visits to Regatta Point, Parliament House, lunch at the Australian National Botanic Gardens and concluded with a visit to the Australian Institute of Sport (where there is fibre cement wall cladding!).
Apart from the business and networking benefits of IIBC 2012, one of the legacies of running such a successful event was that the surplus generated by the Canberra event will now be directed towards setting up a Secretariat for the IIBCC. Up until now host destinations and IIBCC executive members have been responsible for all aspects of the conference, but with the support of a Secretariat, this should assist in growing the size and reach of this event. The secretariat will also support Moslemi awards and bursaries supporting research or development within the field of inorganic-bonded fibre reinforced composites, with the focus of advancing the sustainability of fibre cement. The Award is named after Prof Al Moslemi to recognise his outstanding contribution in establishing and organizing the IIBCC conferences from 1988 to 2004.
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