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Event date and time

Tuesday 29 Nov - Thursday 1 Dec 2022
Online attendance available


CSIRO Clayton
Research Way, Clayton VIC

Conference goal and expected outcomes

The main goal of the symposium is to explore what has been done to date and new ideas to bridge the gap between additive manufacturing and self-assembly, as these two manufacturing methods working together at scale will enable automated, programmable, and efficient production of functional parts incorporating macro and nanoscale components.

Many areas would benefit from the advancement of precision additive manufacturing, including, for example, nanoelectronics, optics, energy storage and harvesting, medicine. Examples relevant to Australian manufacturing and defence/space capability include materials with persistence for mission critical assets, such that no repair is necessary while the asset is being used. Another example is metal-organic-framework (MOF) and enzymatic/catalytic devices that identify, trap, and remediate toxic compounds. Hierarchical architectural modification based on self-assembly could be leveraged for programming new adaptive materials that deploy a controlled change in shape or function over time, thus introducing next-generation 4D printing.

The conference will not only serve to highlight the field, but also to build collaborations and catalyse effort across industry, government, and academia. Participants will help establish whether there is a current or future need in Australia for an academic Centre, FSP, and/or Industry De-Risking Facility to enhance Australian competitiveness in advanced materials and manufacturing.

Practical information

The symposium, which is managed under the CSIRO Cutting Edge Science and Engineering Symposia Program, will be held 29 November to 1 December in Melbourne (CSIRO - Clayton).

The 3-day high-profile scientific program, in a Gordon Research Conference format, will include:

  • Invited talks from international leading scientists and industry representatives
  • Poster sessions open to everybody (with a focus on student and ECR awards)
  • Round table
  • Small exhibition
  • Networking activities

The symposium is supported by our Chief Scientist, Prof. Bronwyn Fox. Senior industry thought leaders like Mike Edwards (Boeing), Mark Hodge (DMTC), and Erol Harvey (ACMD) will be participating as panel members for Q&A, representing views from multinationals, SMEs, and biotech manufacturing innovators. Renowned academic speakers at this event include Prof. Gordon Wallace (University of Wollongong), Prof. Karen Hapgood (Swinburne University of Technology), Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh and Prof. Sophie Primig (University of New South Wales), and Prof. Cuie Wen and Prof. Milan Brandt (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

Attendees are expected to join from industry, CSIRO, academia, government (including standards and regulators), DST and ANSTO. Editors of international journals are also on the invitation list. Reduced registration fees will favour the participation of students and early career researchers. The conference will be held in a hybrid mode.


  • Full registration


  • Student registration


Dates and Times

Event date: Nov 2022

Tuesday 29 Nov - Thursday 1 Dec 2022

CSIRO Clayton

Online attendance available

Research Way, Clayton VIC

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