It gives me great pleasure to invite you to submit a paper to and participate in the 4th International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes (ICASP-4) to be held on 8–11th July 2014 at Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, UK.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of “constitutional supercooling” (published in Acta Metallurgica 1953), which is widely regarded as the beginning of modern quantitative solidification science. While much remains to be done, significant progress has been made in the past six decades. ICASP-4 will provide our community with a great opportunity to celebrate 60 years of solidification research and to discuss and debate new research directions and grand challenges of the decades to come. For this purpose we will stage 16 plenary lectures to be delivered by the great and good of our community. The other objective of ICASP-4 is to discuss the recent progress in solidification science and technologies, and this will be done through parallel sessions of oral presentations and posters. I sincerely hope you will not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.
ICASP is developing itself into one of the most successful and attractive solidification conferences in the world. It definitely has its own unique characteristics: high academic quality, extensive interactions between participants in the evening over “free” drinks, secluded locations and so on. We intend to keep these traditions going and are determined to do a good job. However, we will not be able to do it without your participation. Please join us for the celebration; you only do it once every 60 years.
I and my team are looking forward to welcoming you to ICASP-4 for a memorable event.
Professor Z. Fan