KAUST Research Conference: Future Composite 2020. Postponed until further notice

16 March, 2020



Dear all,

As a consequence of the quick changing coronavirus situation in Europe and worldwide, I am sorry to let you know that we have to postpone our Future Composite workshop. 

Indeed, KAUST does not allow anymore residents/visitors from many countries to enter the campus, including since yesterday, France and Germany. As the situation is evolving very quickly, we expect more restrictions to come in the next ten days both at the University and national level. We also believe that postponing the event is a reasonable thing to do, so you do not get unnecessary exposure to this, and we do not participate in the global spread of the virus. 

Of course, I am well aware that this is an unpleasant news, as you already committed both your time and visa/travel arrangements for the event. I want to sincerely thank all of you for this. 

Our plan is to reschedule the event in a 6 to 9 months timeframe (probably between October to December). So we will come back to you (not before May, because I want to have some better visibility on the situation) and try to find the best date to get all our speakers here. I sincerely hope you will be able to make it for these new dates. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us (Ms. Huiping at huiping.chen@kaust.edu.sa and me) in case you have any questions.

Here again, this is only a short delay. Let's target for an even better and more successful event in a couple of months!



Dr. Gilles Lubineau

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associate Dean for Faculty, Physical Science and Engineering Division

Director of Composites COHMAS laboratory (http://cohmas.kaust.edu.sa)

Bldg. 4, Office # 2216, KAUST

Email: gilles.lubineau@kaust.edu.sa


We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting KAUST Research Conference: Shaping the future of Composite Materials on March 16-18, 2020​.

Vision 2030 streamlines Saudi Arabia's role as one of the major players in petrochemical industry. The diversification of the industry towards producing composite materials is necessary to exemplify Saudi's competitive advantage and to fuel the economy with high-volume (energy, civil, transportation) and high-technology markets (aeronautics and space). A scientific event that will bring together academia, industry and government institutes that supports such transformation will be beneficial for all parties. 

Encouraged by the success of our previous workshops (CEMAM in 2013, COMINT in 2015), COHMAS Laboratory organizes a workshop in the field of composite materials with the theme of "Shaping the future with composite materials". This workshop provides a high-level forum to discuss the latest development of composite science and technology relevant to our interests. This workshop will invite a number of high-caliber professors, researchers, engineers and industry practitioners who will share their knowledge, expertise and experience in their respective areas.  

The workshop will be organized around the following areas: 

  • Addressing the needs for Composite Industry 4.0
  • Imagining new applications in energy and transportation sectors
  • Improving composites through big data and artificial intelligence
  • Inventing new concepts for composite assemblies and large structures
  • Building a composite industry 

Conference chairs:​ Prof. Gilles Lubineau (KAUST), Dr. Fahad Al-Khodairi (Corporate Fellow, SABIC)

Venue: KAUST campus, Thuwal, KSA

Date: March 16-18, 2020

Program: Keynote lecture, technical presentation, round-table discussion, poster session, center and laboratory visits, social events.

Speakers (confirmed):

  1. Prof. Suresh Advani, University of Delaware, USA
  2. Dr. Khaled A. Al-Buraik, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia​
  3. Dr. Fahad Al-Khodairi, SABIC, Saudi Arabia​
  4. Prof. Majed Alrefae, Royal Commission Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
  5. Dr. Muneer Bakhsh, GDC Middle East, Saudi Arabia
  6. Prof. Wesley Cantwell, Khalifa University, UAE​
  7. Prof. Francisco Chinesta, ENSAM, France
  8. Prof. Pedro Da Costa, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  9. Prof. Martin Dunn, Univ of Colorado Boulder, USA
  10. Prof. Gerard Fernando, University of Birmingham, UK
  11. Prof. Eric M. Feron, KAUST, Saudi Arabia​
  12. Dr. Enrique Garcia, National Composite Center, UK
  13. Prof. Carlos Gonzáles, IMDEA, Spain
  14. Prof. Vassilis Kostopoulos, University of Patras, Greece​
  15. Dr. Celine Largeau, IRT Jules Verne, France​
  16. Prof. Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  17. Prof. Gilles Lubineau, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  18. Prof. Véronique Michaud, EPFL, Switzerland
  19. Prof. Jerry Qi, Georgia Tech, USA
  20. Prof. Kumar Shanmugam, Khalifa University, UAE
  21. Prof. Tong Earn Tay, NUS, Singapore
  22. Prof. Michael Wisnom, University of Bristol, UK
  23. Dr. Recep Yaldiz, SABIC, The Netherlands

Conference website: futurecomposite.kaust.edu.sa​ 

For further queries, please contact: Prof Gilles Lubineau (gilles.lubineau@kaust.edu.sa)​​​​​​​