This symposium will explore the state-of-the-art and new ideas to bridge the gap between additive manufacturing (AM) and self-assembly (SA). These two methods, working together at scale will enable automated, programmable, and efficient manufacture of functional parts with macro and nanoscale features. The conference will be chaired by CSIRO’s Science Leader in Active Materials, Dr Antonella Sola.


Prof Bronwyn Fox

Bronwyn Fox

  • Professor Bronwyn Fox is CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, and is an internationally recognized expert on carbon fibre and composite materials. She has a keen interest in the manufacturing of lightweight materials, and combining design with manufacturing in more integrated and robust ways.

Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh

  • Professor Kalantar-Zadeh is an Australian Laureate Fellow and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Solid and Liquid based Electronics and Optics at UNSW. His research interests include liquid metals, 2D materials, chemical and biol sensors, gastroenterology, medical devices and microfluidics.

Cuie Wen

  • Professor Wen leads the biomaterials research group at RMIT University, conducting research into biocompatible titanium, magnesium, iron, zinc and their alloys and scaffolds for biomedical applications, applying advanced manufacturing techniques.

Erol Harvey

  • Professor Harvey is the CEO at the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery. He has been on many Australian Government committees, is on the Board of the National Imaging Facility and serves as Chair of the Industry and Innovation Forum of ATSE.

Karen Hapgood

  • Professor Hapgood is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research expertise is in particle technology and pharmaceutical manufacturing, including additive manufacturing. She is a Fellow of ATSE, IChemE and IEAust.

Gordon Wallace

  • Professor Wallace is an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Wollongong. He is the Executive Director of Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and also Founder and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute.

Sophie Primig

  • Sophie Primig is a Scientia Associate Professor of physical metallurgy at UNSW. Her group’s research is on designing alloys for high-performance applications such as aerospace, with interests in additive manufacturing.

Milan Brandt

  • Professor Brandt is the Technical Director of RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and the Director of RMIT’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing. His areas of expertise is macro processing with lasers and developing novel additive manufacturing techniques.

Peter Lynch

  • Dr Lynch is the Director of InSitX at Deakin University. He is a world renowned expert in the characterization materials with X-rays, particularly developing novel in-situ techniques.
Paolo Falcaro
  • Professor Falcaro leads a research group at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Graz, Austria. His research spans the fields of self-assembled materials, film deposition and crystal engineering.

Panel Members and Speakers

  • Mr Mark Hodge – DMTC
  • Mr Michael Edwards – Boeing (FTSE fellow and Director of Boeing Research & Technology, Asia Pacific)

Please check back soon for updates regarding our speakers and contributors

Many areas would benefit from the advancement of precision additive manufacturing, including, for example, nanoelectronics, optics, energy storage and harvesting, medicine. Examples relevant to manufacturing and defence/space capability include materials with persistence for mission critical assets, such that no repair is necessary while the asset is being used. Another example is multi-material hierarchical structures and enzymatic/catalytic devices that identify, trap, and remediate toxic compounds. Hierarchical architectural modification based on self-assembly could be leveraged for programming new adaptive materials that deploy a controlled change in shape or function over time, thus introducing next-generation 4D printing. The interactive symposium couples a technical forum with activity based networking.


DAY 1:  The first day will include plenary talks from world-leading researchers and pioneers in the field, establishing the framework for integrating self-assembly principles with additive manufacturing technologies. The day will conclude with a cocktail function featuring an interactive Poster Session open to everybody, spotlighting contributions from students and young researchers.

DAY 2: The morning features a round-table discussion on Precision Manufacturing, which will be followed by an industrial workshop. The afternoon is reserved for an inclusive tour to Red Hill Estate, with the day culminating in a gala dinner at the famous Max’s Restaurant.

DAY 3: Keynote talks will discuss the future of self-assembly in additive manufacturing. The symposium will close with a tour to CSIRO’s facilities.

Interactive panel sessions will help establish whether there is a current or future need for Academic Research Centres and/or Industry De-Risking Facilities to enhance competitiveness in advanced materials and manufacturing.

The conference program will be made available for download closer to the conference commencement.


Attending in Person
The SAMAM Symposium will take place at CSIRO’s Clayton campus in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Note: While all attempts will be made to have as many attendees on-site as possible, please keep in mind that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may cause rapid changes in allowable capacity.

Attending Online
All presentations will be streamed online. A link will be broadcast to participants via email closer to the conference commencement.


Attendees will partake in a day tour to once of Victoria’s famous scenic regions. The tour will include social activities intended to foster collaborations and social networking. The activities will conclude with a gala dinner at the scenic region.


Registrations to the conference can be made here.

Regular delegates:

  • Full registration, early bird (available to 31 July 2022) $400
  • Full registration (from 1 August 2022) $500


  • Student registration, early bird (available to 31 July 2022) $300
  • Student registration (from 1 August 2022) $400

Key dates:

  • Early bird registration 1 August 2022
  • Poster submission 31 October 2022
  • Conference 29 November to 1 December 2022
  • Full length paper 31 December 2022

Abstracts and Proceedings

Self-assembly as combined with additive manufacturing is a new research area and we would like to explore any opportunities for future growth. We seek original contributions that focus on new approaches to additive nano-manufacturing, material-driven nanostructuring, self-assembly methods and their transferability to precision manufacturing.

Abstracts for the poster session should be submitted by mail to by 31 October 2022.
They should be submitted according to the template which can be downloaded here and will include:

  • The title of the contribution
  • Full names of all authors
  • Affiliations of all authors
  • e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • Main text (Max. length: 200 words; max. 1 supporting image)

Submitted abstracts will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Accepted abstracts will be collected in a “Book of Abstracts” and shared electronically with all registered participants. Additionally, if interested, authors are encouraged to submit full-length articles to Smart Materials in Manufacturing:

Prospective authors should indicate their article belongs to the “Self-assembly meets additive manufacturing” cutting edge symposium in their cover letter. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed according to the high-quality standards of the Journal. For all articles submitted before 31 December 2022, the article publication charge will be waived and accepted contributions will be published open access free of charge.


Sponsorship opportunities are available, please see the file attached here for further information.