Report on Euradh 2008/Adhesion '08

The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
13 Sep 2008

From 3 to 5 September 2008, the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives in the UK, the Section Française de l'Adhésion of the Société Française du Vide in France, DECHEMA in Germany and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK welcomed nearly 150 delegates to St Catherine’s College in Oxford for Euradh 2008.

Euradh 2008 was the eighth in the series of successful conferences which had been held at Karlsruhe in 1992, Mulhouse in 1994, Cambridge in 1996, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1998, Lyon in 2000, Glasgow in 2002 and Freiburg im Breisgau in 2004, will take place in Oxford from 03 - 05 September 2008.

At the same time, the meeting was the 10th in the series of ‘Adhesion’ conferences, which have been held, since 1980 on a triennial basis in the UK: Durham in 1980, Nottingham in 1984, York in 1987, Cambridge in 1990, York in 1993, Cambridge in 1996 and 1999, Glasgow in 2002 and Oxford in 2005.

The proceedings were opened by the three co-chairmen of the organising committee: Robin Chivers [standing] for the SAA, Jean-Louis Bravet [deputising for Eric Papon] for the Sfv and Wulff Possart [seated right] for DECHEMA.

In all 143 Delegates attended from 15 countries across Europe, the United States of America, Canada, South Africa and Japan with 59 Scientific papers and 44 Posters forming the technical core of the conference: two plenary sessions – one at the start and one at the end of the conference - twelve sessions running as six parallel groups of lectures and the afternoon of the Thursday devoted to an excellent Poster session.

During the first plenary session, the prestigious de Bruyne medal was presented by Dr. Philippe Michaud, the Global technical director of Huntsman, the medal sponsors, to Barrie Hayes [pictured right] for his outstanding work in the field of formulating high-strength, structural adhesives. In response, Barrie gave an entertaining presentation entitled ‘Edible adhesives – The strongest drink in the world!’ which concluded with him drinking his structural adhesive!

For information on Norman de Bruyne and the de Bruyne Medal see: ‘An outstanding formulator awarded the 2008 de Bruyne Medal’ and the ‘Awards’ page under ‘Community Board’.


The final plenary session contained the seventh Wake Memorial lecture, given in honour of the late William (‘Bill’) Wake: a veritable polymath who inaugurated the first international adhesion conferences in the UK in the early 1960s. Robin Chivers presented the medal to the worthy recipient, Professor Wulff Possart of the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany [pictured right]; Bill Wake looks benignly on.

In response, Wulff gave a presentation entitled: ‘Reactive adhesives on metals: Adhesion –Interphase – Properties –Ageing’ which highlighted much of the work led by Wulff at the university.

For information on Bill Wake and the Wake Medal see the relevant section on the ‘Awards’ page under ‘Community Board’.

The parallel sessions appeared to run well with a series of presentations covering such diverse aspects of the field of adhesion and adhesives as: Adhesion and adhesive techniques; Aspects of adhesion; Bio-inspired, biological and medical aspects of adhesion; Durability and fatigue; Industrial applications; Innovative designs and engineering aspects of adhesives; Interphase formation and properties; Modelling; Nano-particles and super-molecules in adhesives; Quality procedures, testing and standardisation and Science and technology of surfaces.

The SAA Chairman, Dr. Robin Chivers, summed the conference up in the following words:

‘I should like to take this opportunity of thanking you all for what seems to have been a most successful EURADH meeting. I received a number of informal comments from delegates as to how much they were enjoying the meeting and what a good venue it was. Technically, the papers were mostly of a very high quality and showed that there is some very good work going on in Europe, and elsewhere, on adhesion and related matters. I have never been to a conference in which the authors were so disciplined about the lengths of their presentations, allowing time for questions, and the slides and posters were very well presented.

Both Barrie and Wulff were well-deserving medal winners and demonstrated this with their excellent, thought-provoking papers and significant contributions to the rest of the meeting.

I think that IOM3 made an inspired choice of Trinity College for the conference dinner. It was just the right size and had a good atmosphere for our meeting. Many of our overseas delegates were keen to see a 'traditional' college hall. I thought that the food was excellent.’

Picking up on Robin’s last thoughts, perhaps for many the highlight of the conference, a 10-minute cartoon in the Shaun the sheep series showing the dangers of careless use of contact adhesives!!