I would like to inform you about the 4th International Conference on Structural Adhesive Bonding 2017 which will take place in Porto, Portugal, 6-7 July 2017 ( The conference venue is the campus of Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which offers excellent facilities for high quality scientific interactions. FEUP is located in the town of Porto in the Northern region of Portugal. Porto is a beautiful and lively city, steeped in history and rich in great experiences. With its magnificent location by the Atlantic coast, Porto is the city of the world famous Port Wine and the River Douro.

The conference is chaired by me and co-chaired by R. D. Adams (University of Oxford, UK). The focus will be on structural bonding but all relevant areas of bonding are welcome: Fundamental aspects of adhesion; the science and technology of surfaces; advances in adhesive materials; mechanical properties of bonded joints; innovative designs and applications; testing and standardization; industrial aspects; quality procedures; environmental and ecological aspects.

The scientific committee includes Alberto Sastre (SIKA, Spain), Alessandro Pirondi (Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy), Andrea Bernasconi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Andreas Lutz (Dow Europe GmbH, Switzerland), Chiaki Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), Erol Sancaktar (The University of Akron, USA), Eugenio Dragoni (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy), Francisca Arán-Ais (INESCOP Innovation and Technology Centre, Spain), Gary Critchlow (Loughborough University, UK), Hans Poulis (TU Delft, Netherlands), Ian Ashcroft (University of Nottingham, UK), J Holtmannspötter (WIWeB, Germany), Jean-Pierre Jeandrau (CETIM, France), Juan Carlos Del Real (Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid, Spain), Klaus Dilger (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany), Luca Goglio (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Maurice Brogly (University of Haute Alsace, France), Miguel Martinez (University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain), Nicolas Carrere (ENSTA, France), Roger Sauer (Aachen University, Germany), Romain Créac'hcadec (ENSTA, France), Silvio De Barros (CEFET/RJ, Brazil), Sofia Teixeira de Freitas (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands), Seung-Boo Jung (Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea), Thomas Tannert (The University of British Columbia, Canada), Till Vallée (Fraunhofer IFAM, Germany), Voytek Gutowski (CSIRO, Australia), Weidong Li (Dalian University of Technology, China) and Yukihiro Kusano (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark).

Authors who wish to make a presentation (oral or poster) are requested to submit a short abstract (one single A4 page possibly with a diagram and references) in English, by 10 March 2017. The abstracts should be sent electronically to The abstract template can be downloaded from the conference web site (

Conference proceedings (cd-rom) with the accepted abstracts will be available at the registration. The cd-rom will have an ISBN number. Full papers will be published in special issues The Journal of Adhesion, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives and Applied Adhesion Science (provided they meet the journals standard). The full papers (not compulsory) should be sent to the e-mail before the 7th of July 2017. The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.

Important dates

10 March 2017 Abstract submission deadline
31 March 2017 Notification of acceptance to authors
14 April 2017 Early bird registration

Yours sincerely,

Lucas F M da Silva

Associate Professor
Chairman of AB conferences
Editor in Chief of The Journal of Adhesion
Editor in Chief of Journal of Materials: Design and Applications
President of the Portuguese Adhesion Society
Director of the Integrated Master in Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP)
Department of Mechanical Engineering (DEMec)
Rua Dr Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Phone: +351225081706, email: