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Extended Deadline: NFTN Urges Young Researchers to Submit Papers for the WFO 2023 Conference

The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) at the CSIR is urging young South African researchers and early career professionals to submit papers for possible inclusion in the virtual World Foundry Organization (WFO) Foundry Young Researchers and Early Career Professional Conference in April this year. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 26 February 2023.  

According to Julie Wells, spokesperson for the CSIR’s industry support programmes, the NFTN actively participates in the WFO to ensure South African representation – alongside the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) – and believes it is important for South Africa to look outward to share and learn innovative solutions for the future of the sector.   

The NFTN hopes that South African universities and companies will support the event, in the hopes of encouraging metals casting a field of choice for bright young minds. The WFO event will help to broaden its appeal and encourage young innovative designers and inventors to design products holding metal castings that could contribute to the growth and sustainability of the foundry sector in
South Africa.

The conference will offer an opportunity to top young professionals to present innovative technical research topics in casting solutions, digital foundry, or circular economy and sustainability.

The deadline to send a two-minute video presentation explaining the main ideas of the work and a five-hundred-word abstract with one or two pictures is 15 February 2023.

The top twenty papers submitted will be recorded and then streamed on a digital platform at the online conference on 18 April 2023.

The top three authors of the best papers, as decided by the scientific board, will also receive invitations to GIFA 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany where they will present their work live to industry at the event, whilst strengthening their contacts and networking with the global foundry

The NFTN is not involved with the event directly but will seek to help anyone with further questions by linking them to the organisers. Questions can be emailed to  

However, the website is the first port of call. For more information on registering for the conference or submitting entries, visit the WFO Foundry Young Researchers and Early Career Professional website