I would like to inform you that the 3rd International Conference on Materials Design and Applications 2020 will take place in Porto, Portugal, 25-26 June 2020 (www.fe.up.pt/mda2020). 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 focus is on fundamental research and application areas in the field of the design and application of engineering materials, predominantly within the context of mechanical engineering applications such as automobile, railway, marine, aerospace, biomedical, pressure vessel technology, turbine technology, etc. This includes a wide range of materials engineering and technology, including metals, e.g., lightweight metallic materials, polymers, composites, and ceramics. Advanced applications would include manufacturing in the new or newer materials, testing methods, multi-scale experimental and computational aspects (e.g. micro- and nano-scale techniques).

The scientific committee includes A Ferreira (University of Porto, Portugal), A A Fernandes (University of Porto, Portugal), A J Brunner (EMPA Duebendorf, Switzerland), A Pirondi (Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy), A Rodríguez-Prieto (UNED, Spain), A Torres Marques (University of Porto, Portugal), B Vaidhyanathan (Loughborough University, UK), C Sato (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), D Chen (Ryerson University, Canada), D M Constantinescu (University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania), E Dragoni (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy), F J Lino Alves (University of Porto, Portugal), J Abenojar (University of Carlos III, Spain), J A M Ferreira (University of Coimbra, Portugal), J-F Chatelain (École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada), J F Ferrero (Université Toulouse III, France), J P Davim (University of Aveiro, Portugal), J Seabra (University of Porto, Portugal), K Dilger (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany), L Sadowski (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland), M R Ayatollahi (Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran), M Vieira (University of Porto, Portugal), N Carrere (Safran, France), P Martins (IST, Portugal), P Tavares de Castro (University of Porto, Portugal), R Carbas (INEGI, Portugal), R D Adams (University of Oxford, UK), R Natal (University of Porto, Portugal), S de Barros (CEFET/RJ, Brazil), S Leen (NUI Galway, Ireland), S Mezlini (Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Monastir, Tunisia), V Tita (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and W D Li (Dalian University of Technology, China).

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 6 March 2020. The abstracts should be sent electronically to lucas@fe.up.pt. The abstract template can be downloaded from the conference web site (www.fe.up.pt/mda2020).

Conference proceedings (CD-ROM) with the accepted abstracts will be available at registration. The CD-ROM will have an ISBN number.
Full papers will be published in a special issue of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications (SAGE) and in a book of the book series Advanced Structured Materials (SPRINGER) (provided they meet the quality standards). The full papers (not compulsory) should be sent to: lucas@fe.up.pt before the 25th of June 2020. The text should be in single column format and double line spacing.

Important dates
6 March 2020 Abstract submission deadline
31 March 2020 Notification of acceptance to authors
17 April 2020 Early bird registration (registration form available in the Conference web site)

Yours sincerely,


Lucas F M da Silva
Associate Professor
Chairman of AB conferences
Chairman of CLBA conferences
Chairman of IAA conferences
Chairman of MDA conferences
Editor in Chief of The Journal of Adhesion
Editor in Chief of Journal of Materials: Design and Applications
Editor in Chief of U. Porto Journal of Engineering
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: lucas@fe.up.pt