Innovation and research central to HISWA Symposium

The 22nd edition of the biennial International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction at Amsterdam RAI is scheduled for 12 and 13 November 2012 and will focus on science, innovation and research for and in the (Dutch) yacht building sector.

The renowned symposium will pay attention to the latest insights and developments in the field of yacht design and building for both sailing and motor boats. This year, the focus will be on research and innovation. Speakers from around the world will discuss the state of the art concerning design and propulsion. They will also concentrate on the application of glues in yacht building.

Timber construction is nothing new except if it concerns a 141 metre-long, 4-masted sailing yacht. The construction challenges this unique project entailed will be highlighted. The quality of the presentations will be safeguarded by international cooperation with universities and renowned institutes such as The Royal Institute of Naval Architects.

Carl Cramer, publisher of WoodenBoat Magazine, will chair the day: “The symposium is a renowned event among yacht designers and builders, and is one of the oldest initiatives in this field. It should be cherished”. As a leading yacht building country, the Netherlands has a strong position internationally. Knowledge development and ties with professional practice are becoming increasingly crucial to retaining this position. Knowledge often comes about in dialogue with the industry that needs to capitalise on this knowhow.

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