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WelCOme TO FOz dO IGuAçu

            Dear Colegues,

            It is with immense pleasure that, on behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to welcome all participants to Foz do
           Iguaçu and the 18 edition of the International Conference on Internal Friction and Mechanical Spectroscopy (ICIFMS-18).
            ICIFMS-18 has the support of Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar) and
            Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. In this edition, the event is being held in Foz do Iguaçu (PR), known internationally by
            the Iguassu Falls, one of the seven wonders of nature.
           The ICIFMS-18 will be a great opportunity for the exchange of experience, innovative ideas and research results focused on
           the theory, advances and applications of internal friction and mechanical spectroscopy, dynamic-mechanical analysis, high
           damping materials and new techniques of internal friction and mechanical spectroscopy. The exchange of ideas and discussion
           make ICIFMS-18 an unmissable event.

           The Conference program consists of six plenary lectures and eight invited keynotes lectures of the last significant discoveries
           and developments in all fields of mechanical spectroscopy and related fields. 72 abstracts were submitted and were evaluated
           in relation to the quality and impact, resulting in 56 accepted abstracts that were assigned 25 to the oral presentation and 31 for
           poster presentation. The presented papers will be published as regular papers in a special issue of Materials Research journal,
           after rigorous peer-review process.

           In addition, we prepared several social activities, because we believe that the good humor and a festive atmosphere helps in
           social  interaction  and  in  the  formation  of  friendships  and  interpersonal  relationships  network,  which  greatly  assists  in  the
           development of work and research and the exchange of experiences and knowledge among its members.

           I would like to thank Capes, CNPq and FAPESP for the financial support given to the event, to the members of the International
           Scientific Committee for the excellent work of analysis of abstracts and members the organizing committee, for the trust and
           support of the achievement of this event on the triple frontier of Mercosur.

           You have arrived here and I would like to thank you personally for the decision to participate in ICIFMS-18. I hope that this
           conference can be quite helpful for its work, as well as an appropriate forum for obtaining new knowledge.

                                               Prof. Carlos Roberto Grandini, FBSE
                                                    Chairman of ICIFMS-18
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