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International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding

13th International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding
3rd International Joint Symposium on Joining and Welding

Kyoto, Japan on 21 - 23 May 2024


This is a unique global forum that provides the opportunity for professionals from around the world to share and develop scientific and technical knowledge on Friction Stir Welding.

The event will be supported by the Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University. It will be held in Kyoto, once the capital of Japan. Kyoto is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, traditional wooden houses and includes 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The venue will be the Kyoto ICC, one of Japan’s premier conference centres.

The event will include three days of oral and poster presentations.





Registration fees include

  • Refreshments and lunches

  • Symposium social dinner

  • Set of proceedings

  • Industrial visit

 Registration Prices

  • Early bird registration fee for delegates is £625 (until 9 April 2024)

  • Registration fee for authors is £600 (one author discount per paper)

  • The fee after Tuesday 9 April 2024 will be £675 per delegate

  • There will be a limited number of low-cost registrations (£425) for research students who orally present original work at the Symposium

  • Student delegates will qualify for a discounted fee of £475

Key dates

19 January 2024

 Registration opens

19 April 2024

 Submission of paper and copyright form

21-23 May 2024 

 International Symposium

24 May 2024

 Industrial visit (Now at capacity)

Venue, Location and Travel Information

The event will be held at Kyoto International Conference Centre. It includes three days of technical presentations with opportunities to network. Over eighty papers are scheduled to be presented in both plenary and parallel sessions. Papers will discuss new developments in science, technology, applications, industrialisation, performance, quality, design or any other topic relevant to the advancement of Friction Stir Welding.

The location and travel information can be found here

If you plan to fly into Osaka Kansei airport an option is to use the door to door shuttle between the airport and every hotel in Kyoto.

  • Check if you need a visa for travel to Japan
  • You will be provided with your letter of invitation (this process may take up to 3 weeks) for you to apply at your Embassy/Consulate of Japan with jurisdiction over your place of residence.
  • Please note that the letter of invitation from Japan will only cover a visa application for the dates of 20-25 May 2024. If you are in Japan outside of these dates, you need to consult your local embassy
The Kyoto area has about 18,000 hotel rooms, ranging from worldwide luxury brands to budget hotels. Kyoto is a compact city and the subway and other public transportation methods are very convenient.

Please be sure to arrange your own hotel during the conference.

The conference will NOT offer hotel booking service and there is NO special price for conference attendees, because Kyoto is visited by many tourists.

Kyoto city subway has convenient access to Kyoto International Conference Center (venue).

A list of recommended hotels along the subway can be downloaded here.
Space can be booked by completing this document and returning to the organisers.

Space will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

A table will be provided by the venue (0.9x1.8m) and a 100V supply voltage power point for plug type B

Staff not attending technical symposium will be charged a fee of £300 and they will need to register online to book their place

Please see an outline of the programme below. Friction Stir Welding Programme Outline
A Japanese banquet will be held in the Banquet Hall Sakura on the evening of 22 May. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and socialise whilst experiencing traditional Japanese food and entertainment surrounded by a beautiful, traditional Japanese garden. This will be hosted by the International Conference Centre. The cost of the social event is included in your registration fee. If you wish to bring a guest to the social event, the cost is £100 which can be booked online when you register for the event.
The industrial visit will be on 24th May to Osaka University's Joining and Welding Research Institute including friction stir welding, linear friction welding and cold spot joining facilities.

Following this visit will be a sight-seeing excursion and guided tour of the Katsuoji Temple . This temple is filled with character – picture panoramic views, koi fish ponds and a vermilion pagoda. It’s literally covered in Daruma dolls, Japan’s recognizable symbol of good luck.

The bus will leave Kyoto at 9.00, returning to Kyoto at 14.00. A short stop at 13.00 will be made at Shin Osaka station for those wanting to make their onward journey from this point.

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