New CSIRO PIs introducing themselves: Dr Ian Blanchonette, Dr Linda Hillbrick and Dr Tony Pierlot (not pictured)

The ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres held a mini-conference on Wednesday 18th October. An audience of 40, including newly introduced Associate Members, heard updates on Hub-funded research and industry perspectives across the three research themes: short polymer fibres, carbon fibre composites and high-value added applications.

After a networking lunch the afternoon session had Hub CIs Jingliang Li and Luke Henderson share some of their recent work on luminescent fibres and surface modification of carbon fibres. An update on new equipment available within the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University was given by Hub Technical Officer Patrick Phillips. This included many new instruments fully or part funded by the Hub. The session closed with the new CSIRO PIs introducing themselves, and Hub manager Emma giving an update on KPI progress and other management issues.

The formal part of the day concluded with a late afternoon session on intellectual property: what it is, why it is important, and how IP is handled within the Hub. This informative session generated many questions and discussion among attendees.

A group of Hub members and some additional players then took to the field for a game of bubble soccer. What better way to get to know people than to knock them down! It was a fun and sweaty way to end the day.