Looking back at the Polymer Composites 2023 International Conference

On May 24 and 25, 2023, the traditional international conference Polymer composites took place for the third time in the hotel’s conference center LH Dvořák in Tábor. The organizer of the event is the Society for Technical Support and Promotion of Polymer Composites (www.polymer-composites.cz) in cooperation with the expert group Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures, CTU in Prague – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and SYNPO Pardubice. Co-organizers and sponsors this year were Havel Composites, SAERTEX and Technical Textiles, The Technical School of Engineering and Construction Tábor also contributed to the technical equipment.

For the third time, the mayor of the statutory city of Tábor, who opened the conference, took over the patronage of the event welcoming the participants and pointing out the history and other cultural and natural attractions of Tábor. The conference was attended by 54 experts, including 4 from abroad. Unfortunately, there were no traditional participants from Hungary (Balaton partner conference in even years) and, due to the current situation, also participants from Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

Introductory plenary very interesting lecture by doc. Kuželová Košťáková from the Technical University of Liberec introduced the audience to the field of nanofiber research, starting with their characteristics depending on the starting materials, through a list of technologies for their preparation and further textile processing, to an overview of their areas of use.

The further course of the meeting was traditionally divided into the sections Construction and Design, Materials, Properties and Testing and Technology and Applications. A total of 17 contributions were made in the sections, a special time slot was dedicated to the poster section. The overall program and proceedings are published on the website. An integral part of the conference was, as always, an associated exhibition in the hall, where companies had the opportunity to present their field of activity in the form of samples and technical literature and, in particular, to consult with erudite company representatives on the subject matter and possibly establish new contacts.

Informal discussions, exchange of experiences and discussion of new projects also took place during a successful social evening, the culinary provision of the hotel and accompanying music contributed to its perfection.

The PC 2023 conference was very favorably evaluated by both presenters and participants both in terms of professional content and organizational arrangements, it is likely that the next year of PC 2025 will be held in the same premises and on a similar date.