Engaging Young Engineers and Scientists in FRP Research
28 - 31 January 2013 in Seoul, South Korea
Since the establishment in 2002, the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba has built a reputation for fibre composites research particularly on civil infrastructure. Since then, several infrastructure projects which involve new and innovative design and structural concepts using engineered fibre composites as a suitable solution and cost effective alternative to existing construction materials were implemented. These projects include sustainable fibre composite bridge girders, pile rehabilitation and composite pile systems, railway sleepers, strengthening of existing structures, and other innovative applications of fibre composites.
A joint engagement activity entitled “Engaging Young Engineers and Scientist in FRP Research” to be held in Seoul, South Korea from 28-31 January 2013 is organised by University of Southern Queensland in collaboration with Kookmin and Hanyang universities. Part of this joint activity is an international workshop which aims to promote the recent research and developments on the cutting edge fibre composite technologies in civil infrastructure. The workshop also aims to knowledge share as well as ‘engage and foster’ the next generation of engineers and scientists in the field of fibre composites research and development. It targets young engineers and scientists in the early stages of their careers so that they can get an opportunity to pursue high-quality research collaboration among other researchers and help them lift their research work to a high level. Also part of the joint activity is a technical visit to key research institutions in Seoul, South Korea like Fibre Research Center in Hanyang University and Korea Institute of Construction Technology as well fibre composite manufacturing facilities of Gyeonggi-do, and composite structures including the Hangang Grand Bridge Walkway Expansion and Biwoodang Bridge.
This joint activity will further strengthen and expand linkages and develop partnerships between researchers and organisations in Korea and Australia. Also, this will increase understanding in Korea of the major research and developments in fibre composites in Australia and provide recognition for young scientists and engineers in Korea of the Australian excellence and expertise in fibre composites research. Furthermore, this activity will increase Australians' capacity to effectively engage with Korean researchers and institutions to develop and strong partnerships and collaborations in the emerging field of fibre composites technology.
Engaging Young Engineers and Scientists in FRP Research is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.