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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.

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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

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. 

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.

Hotel Information

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

120,00 EUR per night (150,00 Double Occupancy)
Click here to make a reservation at the Histrion

100,00 EUR per night (120,00 Double Occupancy)
Click here to make a reservation at the Vile Park

Room Rates include accommodation, continental breakfast, free entrance to the Water Park Laguna Bernardin, wireless internet access, parking.

Travel Information

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)
Pula Airport, Croatia (Pula – 90 km)

The hotel recommends GoOpti for a 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.

For Additional Travel Information CLICK HERE


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

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