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The 7th International Conference on Metal Forming
September 1 - 3, 1998

The 7th Conference METAL FORMING’98 was organised by The School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering of University of Birmingham together with The Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Akademia Górniczo – Hutnicza in Kraków. The meeting was hosted by Professors:

Peter Hartley, Ian Pillinger, Richard Hall and Clive E Neal-Sturgess who were supported by Maciej Pietrzyk and Jan Kusiak from Poland.
5 keynote lectures were delivered: The remaining 114 papers covered wide range of topics important for modern metal forming, including:
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Proceedings of the conference published by the Elsevier Science S.A. contain the texts of all 114 papers as well as author index and subject index.
Approx 150 participants attended the conference from 27  countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungry, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA.
    During  short refreshment breaks the participants still could discuss issues concerning the conference while tasting delicious cookies and English tea served, according to the tradition, with milk.
    The meeting with Mayor of Birmingham  in Council House at Victoria Square, organised after the sessions, was an unusual attraction of the second day. The traditional  conference Banquet in the Princess Helena Restaurant of the  Chamberlain Hotel was the following evening’s event. The menu was “scientific” without too much cholesterol, which could be completed by Scotch Whisky in the Hotel’s Pub.
    The Conference ended on 3rd of September at 5 pm. The English Organisers thanked Mrs Zabaida Bi for being an excellent Organising Secretary by giving her a big bunch of flowers.

On behalf of the organisers of the next  conference METAL FORMING’2000,
Jan Kusiak invited guests for the meeting in Kraków  in the year 2000.

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The scientific discussions during the conference were so exciting,
that the fire brigade’s supervision was needed.

© Halina Kusiak