To break tradition, the BCC meetings on Flame Retardancy will be held in June. This year marks the 28th year of the annual meetings. These meetings are a “gathering of the clan” as scientists in the field come from around the world to participate. Attendees travel from England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Korea, India and China, in addition to those from the U.S. and Canada. Participants include those from both the academic and the industrial sectors, with an equal number of presentations from both.
So, what is flame retardancy? Flame retardancy is the study by which one develops, evaluates, and commercializes the material that is designed to prevent fires in plastic materials.
The meetings have grown over the years, seeing an increase in attendance, especially those from the academic sector. As the study of flame retardancy has evolved, so have the sessions. Attendees have come to expect that they will be hearing sessions on the latest developments from all types of laboratories and the presenters are those directly involved in the field.
Some attendees most look forward to the networking aspects of the meeting; being able to discuss the material with those presenting. Popular sessions include composites and nanocomposites, activities in phosphorus-based flame retardants, and flame retardant testing. A special feature over the past few years has been a poster session in which students who are studying this discipline present their work and we attendees are introduced to some of our future colleagues.
We anticipate a very strong session on flame retardancy of wood and another on flame retardancy of textile and fabrics.
The 2017 meetings will begin with a short-course, followed by three jam-packed days of presentations, including an evening poster session from PhD students studying to enter the field.
Registration is now open. We hope to see you there!