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15th International Symposium on Nondestructive Characterization of Materials

Grand Hotel Bernardin
17 - 19 September 2019

ASNT and Slovenian Society for Nondestructive Testing jointly invite you to participate in the 15th International Symposium on Nondestructive Characterization of Materials, which will be held in beautiful Portorož, Slovenia at the Grand Hotel Bernardin.

Call for Abstracts is Now Open

  • Present results and insights from your work
  • Interact with colleagues from your field
  • Gain recognition for your organization
  • Establish yourself as a subject matter expert

See our Call For Abstracts Brochure

Submit Your Abstract! Deadline: 15 April 2019

Topics to be covered

By NDE Method By Industry By Material Property
Advanced Techniques Aerospace Application Bond Strength Evaluation
Eddy Current Art & Archeology Fatigue & Fracture
Emerging Technology Electronics Health Monitoring
Laser Methods Infrastructure Mechanical Properties
Laser Ultrasound Medical Imaging Precursor Damage
Micro/millimeter Wave Nuclear Process Control
Nonlinear Ultrasound Petrochemical Residual Stresses
Radiography, DR & CT Railroad  
Raman Spectroscopy By Material Type By Analysis
Shearography Biomaterials Imaging
Terahertz Imaging Ceramics Modeling
Thermography Composite Material Signal Processing
Ultrasound Nanomaterials SAFT

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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission deadline: 15 April, 2019

See our Call For Abstracts Brochure

  • Submit a 250 word abstract online using the link below for technical review purposes that is suitable for publication. ASNT will circulate your abstract to conference committee members for review and selection purposes. If accepted, this abstract will be made available online prior to the meeting.
  • During the submission process you will be asked to choose a relevant topic from a predefined list.
  • Commercial papers, papers where supporting data or a technical description cannot be given for proprietary reasons will not be accepted for presentation. See ASNT’s Policy on Commercialization below.
  • Please do not submit the same abstracts to multiple conferences.
  • Accepted speakers will be notified of acceptance in May 2019.
  • Upon acceptance, additional instructions will be emailed to the presenting author.

By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following:

  • Attend the meeting and make the presentation as scheduled in the program. Speakers will be allowed 25 minutes for presentation including questions and answers
  • Obtain funding for registration fees, travel, and accommodations, independent of ASNT
  • Ensure that all clearances have been obtained to present and publish.

Symposium Proceedings

Speakers are also encouraged to prepare and submit a paper (up to 10 pages) related to their presentation for the peer-reviewed Symposium proceedings. Instructions on paper submission will be provided in the abstract acceptance email.

Please note: Papers previously published elsewhere will not be eligible for publication in the Symposium proceedings. However, previous publication does not preclude presentation of the work at the Symposium.

ASNT discourages excessive use of trade names, company identifications or product names in oral and visual presentations, including abstracts and published papers. Questions concerning abstracts should be directed to the ASNT conference department at

Now accepting abstracts for presentations!

Speaker Resources

Exhibiting at the Symposium

A limited number of table top exhibits are available. If you are interested in having a table top exhibit to share your latest products, technology or service offerings, contact Ruth Staat at or call her at 614-274-6003, ext. 227. 

Hotel Information

(Symposium will take place in the Conference Center at this hotel)
Single Occupancy:      150,00 EUR  per room per night
Double Occupancy:    180,00 EUR per room per night
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Single Occupancy:      120,00 EUR per room per night
Double Occupancy:    150,00 EUR per room per night
Click here to make a reservation

Single Occupancy:      100,00 EUR per room per night
Double Occupancy:    120,00 EUR per room per night
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Room Rates include accommodation, continental breakfast, free entrance to the Water Park Laguna Bernardin, wireless internet access, parking.

Room Rates are subject to applicable tourist tax of EUR 1,27 per person per night as well as an admission fee of EUR 1,00 per person.

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Hotel address and phone

Hoteli Bernardin d.d., Obala 2, SI-6320 Portoroz
 +386 5 690 7000

Travel Information

About Portoroz

Backed by an idyllic countryside of the Slovenian Istria and flanked by a lively sport marina, Portorož is a Slovenian Adriatic seaside resort and spa town located in southwestern Slovenia. Its spas offer therapeutic treatments based on the mud and brine from the nearby Sečovlje Salina salt pans. The central Portorož Beach is a wide, sandy stretch with wooden piers. The hilltop Church of St. Bernardin is a former monastery from the 15th century. To the south, Seča Park is home to Forma Viva, an area dotted with stone sculptures.

Getting There

By Plane

Although Portorož is served by an airport, it’s used almost exclusively by private fliers with rare international flights. The nearest airports are:

Marco Polo Venice Airport, Italy  (Venice – 190 km),
Airport of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Brnik - 140 km)
Airport of Trieste, Italy (Ronchi – 80 km),
Airport, Italy (Treviso – 190 km), Tre viso
Pula Airport, Croatia (Pula – 90 km),

If you use any kind of public transport, we highly recommend using the GoOpti low-cost shuttle company to reach Portorož. They offer transports from all the airports mentioned above, as well as many train and bus stations, and even custom locations, to the Grand Hotel Bernardin.

By car or taxi

You can easily reach Slovenia and Portorož via major highways from Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. The exact address of the venue is:

Grand Hotel Bernardin
Obala 2
6320 Portorož
phone: +386 5 695 10 00
fax: +386 5 674 64 11

GPS coordinates:
N 13° 34' 9"
E 45° 31' 1"

Please keep in mind that if you travel by car you need to purchase a vignette to use Slovenian motorways. They can be purchased at any gas station within Slovenia, but for peace of mind, we recommend buying them at any gas station just before you enter Slovenia in Italy, Austria, Hungary or Croatia. If you travel by car we recommend buying the 15 EUR – one week vignette.

By train

Although Slovenia can easily be reached by train as there are regular connections with Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Croatia, there are no direct lines to Portorož however, so you have to get to Ljubljana or Trieste (Italy) first, from where you can reach Portorož by GoOpti low-cost shuttle, taxi or bus. You may want to consult the Slovenske železnice (Slovenian Railway Company) website for details.

About Slovenia

Slovenia borders Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. It is a new member of the European Union. Slovenia has beaches, snow-capped mountains, hills awash in grape vines and wide plains blanketed in sun flowers to Gothic churches, baroque palaces and Art Nouveau civic buildings. Its incredible mixture of climates brings warm Mediterranean breezes up to the foothills of the Alps, where snow falls are possible even during summer. More than half of Slovenia's total area is covered with forest.

Further general information about Slovenia may be obtained through the Slovenia Tourist Board website.

Currency and banks

The euro is the common currency of 18 member states of the European Union, including Slovenia. Banks will exchange foreign currency and travellers cheques for euros and vice versa. Changing money is also possible at exchange offices in hotels, petrol stations, tourist agencies, supermarkets, etc.


Most shops have working hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays and national holidays you may find some food stores open, mainly in the morning.

Medical care

The level of health care in Slovenia corresponds to European standards. Every foreign visitor has the right to emergency medical care.


In Portorož, the month of September is characterized by early fall temperatures between 24 and 13 degree Celsius (76-56 degree Fahrenheit).

For up-to-date information on local weather please refer to this daily updated weather forecast for Portorož.

Visa Info

Border Formalities and Entry Regulations

Border formalities are minimal and correspond to European standards. To cross the border, a valid passport will suffice. Citizens of the European Union and some other countries may cross the border using a valid identity card however. Slovenia is party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Slovenia for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. All those who need visas to enter Slovenia can get them at the Slovenian embassy or consulate in their country.

There are no restrictions on the amount of cash that European Union citizens can bring into Slovenia, but citizens of other countries may only bring in a maximum of 10,000 euros in cash. Larger amounts must be declared to customs officials.

Visa information

For visa regulations, embassy and consulate contacts please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or refer directly to the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Prešernova cesta 25, Ljubljana, phone: +386 1 478 23 05 or +386 (1) 478 20 00.

In case you need a Letter of Invitation to get a visa contact us at Please note, that the Letter of Invitation will be issued only to registered participants and after the fee payment.


Organized by The American Society for Nondestructive Testing
Hosted by The Slovenian Society for Nondestructive Testing

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Shant Kenderian, The Aerospace Corporation, USA
  • Dr. Janez Grum, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Program Committee

  • Mr. Walter Arnold, University Saarland, Germany
  • Dr. Mourad Bentahar, Université du Maine, France
  • Dr. Donatella Cerniglia, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Dr. Boro Djordjevic, MAST, USA
  • Dr. Jack Duke, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Mr. Roger Engelbart, The Boeing Company, USA
  • Dr. Tomaž Kek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Dr. Christopher Kube, USA
  • Dr. Cara Leckey, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
  • Dr. Roman Maev, University of Windsor, Canada
  • Dr. Shyamsunder Mandayam, GE Global Research, India
  • Dr. David Moore, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  • Dr. Paul Panetta, Applied Research Associates, USA
  • Dr. Anish Poudel, Transportation Technology Center, USA
  • Dr. William Prosser, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
  • Dr. Igor Solodov, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dr. Bernard Tittmann, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Dr. Reza Zoughi, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Watch this page for additional resources as they become available.