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Past Events

Past Industry related events from around the world that have been promoted on the LSAA website. Listed from the most recently added. Links may be useful for a period.

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PFAS Legal Liability Risks: What the Textile Sector Needs to Know

October 11, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET
Free for Members and Non-Members

PFAS, often referred to as the "Forever Chemicals," are at the top of the news feed for every consumer product manufacturer. This is certainly true for the textile sector and ATA members. In this webinar, ATA members will hear more than just the latest regulatory review you see in every publication. In addition to regulatory updates, we will discuss the potential risks federal and state regulatory actions pose to the textile industry. We will also discuss the litigation risks and challenges the industry may soon be facing. Most important, you will hear a candid discussion of the important considerations and practical steps textile manufacturers can take now to be in the best position to manage the risks that this heightened focus on PFAS chemicals may create for your organization. 

Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand

The annual OFPANZ conference is the only trade show for NZ Industrial Textiles and Equipment Suppliers to be in one place at one time. It is a great platform to establish new business relationships and share information Every year the conference is in a new location, giving our members a chance for our members to see the country, our people and national business opportunities.

In 2022 we were able to come together in Nelson. We were able to celebrate the wins for the year and talk about the future of our industry. The speakers we had were phenomenal and created a buzz for the delegates.

Our 2023 Conference and Trade Show will be held in Tauranga 24th August – 26th August at the Trinity Wharf Hotel.

We are looking forward to bringing together a programme that will excite you and continue with our successful Fabricators Workshop on Thursday 24th August.

For further information see: OFPANZ Conference Details

OFPANZ 2022 Conference Attendees
OFPANZ 2022 Conference Attendees

The annual OFPANZ Conference was held in Nelson New Zealand 29 June-2 July 2022.

As an association we are working on a few key initiatives - Training, Memberships, Sustainability and Name Change.

  1. Training - We are very excited to announce that our industry qualification has been approved for an early review which means that we will be adding a level 4 qualification hopefully by the end of 2023. We are continuing to work with our new Private Training Enterprise, MAST Academy, to promote the current qualification and get learners engaged.
Spec Tex 2022 - Sydney


The LSAA is acting as an Industry Partner to the STA (Specialized Textiles Association) in their event.

SpecTex22 - Conference and Trade Exhibition Program

The SpecTex22 program includes a conference and trade exhibition component with many opportunities to learn, catch up with industry colleagues and source new ideas, textiles and equipment.

The trade expo component of SpecTex22 will be open to visitors on:

Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August between 10am and 4pm.

A variety of business sessions will be running between Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August which will cover topics such as: 

Designing and installing successful tension structures (LSAA Contribution)

 PVC and shade structure project case studies (LSAA Contribution)

WincovER and NCC & Fire Retardancy

The Marine Fabricators workshop will also be taking place during SpecTex22 on Monday 1st August and then relocating on Tuesday 2nd August to NSW TAFE, Ultimo Campus.

SpecTex22 will also include many opportunities for networking via the Welcome reception, Theme Dinner and Awards for Excellence Ceremonial Dinner.

Download the full program here 

This event is organized by the LSAA Design Awards 2022 Presenting Partner,

Swinburne University of Technology

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Wed., 11 May 2022  from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEST  


Swinburne Protolab, TB 102, TB Building
Corner of John Street and Wakefield Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122

About this event

In today’s post-digital architectural era, a strong dichotomy exists between the increased agency offered by our design tools and the affordances given by many construction contexts – especially building environments of developing countries or those with limited available onsite means, skill, budget, or time. This lecture postulates that by incorporating computational power and incertitude as productive components in alternative design and materialisation processes, the locally available solution space for built architecture can be dramatically expanded and onsite ability and agency increased. 

What gains do our extensive computational abilities bring to architectural design and construction in these contexts? How can the mechanisms driving this extensiveness be creatively and practically employed here? What happens when we radically disrupt the security of architecture’s standard reproductive infrastructure?

Illustrated through his highly unusual and provocative built work, Kristof Crolla proposes and applies an alternative computation-driven design and materialisation methodology that capitalises on digital design and production models’ propensity towards variability. The work demonstrates that identified methods can substantially increase the architects’ agency and local onsite affordance. In doing so, the talk challenges the extent to which computation can further impact architectural practice.

A PDF Flyer is available HERE


Innovation, Sustainability and Legacy

19 - 23 September 2022,Beijing, China

Note: See further down for revised deadline dates for submission of papers (Dates altered on Jan 29 2022).

The Format and Fees for the Conference have now been established and details are in the 4th Announcement which can be downloaded HERE

A major change is that the Conference will be held in a hybrid online and in-person format. The venue for the in-person format is at the Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China.

There are different fees for the two conference modes.

For further details, see the Conference website

IASS Annual Symposium 2023 - Melbourne

Theme: Integration of Design and Fabrication

The IASS Annual Symposium 2023, will be organized by the RMIT University and the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, on 10 – 14 July 2023

Co-chairs of Local Organizing Committee: Professor Mike Xie (RMIT University) and Professor Jane Burry (Swinburne University of Technology)

The Venue is the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The IASS - International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures - was formed in 1959 and has attracted both the more academic and practical enthusiasts in the field. See the IASS website 

Both Co-chairs have been supportive of the work of LSAA over many years and the LSAA in turn supports this International Symposium.

The theme of the IASS 2023 symposium is Integration of Design and Fabrication, which is becoming increasingly important with the developments of digital technologies in both design and manufacturing. The symposium covers all aspects related to material, design, computation, construction, maintenance, history, environmental impact and sustainability of shell and spatial structures in all fields of application. The symposium topics include (but are not limited to): conceptual design; computational form-finding; optimisation; computational methods for analysis; detailing and construction; advanced manufacturing; digital fabrication; shell structures; tension and membrane structures; inflatable structures; framed and lattice structures; gridshells and bending-active structures; tensegrity systems; adaptive systems; deployable and origami systems; advanced and bio-based materials; temporary structures; metal spatial structures; timber structures; glass structures; historical structures; teaching and education.

Peter Lim, LSAA President gives a presentation:PLim IASS2023A


Scott Rathie (LSAA Vice President) followed up with a presentation about structural performance of some recent stadia.

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ICSA2022: Upcoming Abstract Submission Deadline

Please allow us to remind you of the Call for Participation for the upcoming ’5th International Conference on Structures & Architecture’ to be held at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark in the period 6-8 July 2022. The Call for Participation is for Research Papers including calls for contributions to special sessions and mini-symposia organized by key researchers and for Critical Practices, which is a new experimental contribution format bridging research in academia and research in practice via physical ‘prototypes’:

Abstract Deadline for Research Papers: 28 February 2021 - Extended to March 15 2021

Abstract Deadline for Critical Practices: 1 May 2021


The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2020 is a Virtual Event from November 2-12 2020.

For information visit the IFAI website

Several LSAA members participate in the IFAI activities including Gale Pacific

The 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture is to be held in Aalborg, Denmark, July 6-8, 2022 (www.icsa2022.com )


The International Conference on Structures and Architecture, organised by the International Association of Structures & Architecture, is the world’s leading and largest global conference bridging the gap between Structures and Architecture.

The contributions on creative and scientific aspects in the conception and construction of structures, on advanced technologies and on complex architectural and structural applications represent a fine blend of scientific, technical and practical novelties in both fields.

For the first time ICSA, the International Conference on Structures and Architecture is to be held in Aalborg, Denmark. It is a great pleasure for us to invite researchers and practitioners world-wide with a background in architecture and in structural engineering to the 5th ICSA conference.

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Textile Roofs 2020 (Berlin) Now Called TR22


Textile Roofs 2020 - NEW INFORMATION (updated March 3 2022)

The 25th International (Anniversary) Workshop on the Design and Practical

Realization of Architectural Membrane Structures

Archenhold Observatory NEW DATES 9th - 11th May 2022, Berlin, GERMANY

See website for more details: www.textile-roofs.com

Textile Roofs will be donating 50 Euros per full registration to assist Malteser International assist in the humanitarian crisis as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

 LSAA Members and others may have an interest in celebrating 25 years of Textile Roofs Workshops.

IFAI Expo — North America’s Premier Industrial Fabrics Show

Education Oct. 1-4  |  Show Floor Oct. 2-4

For close to a century, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo has been regarded as the industrial fabric industry’s flagship show for commerce, networking and knowledge. As the premier industrial, specialty and advanced textiles event, IFAI Expo attracts approximately 5,000 industry stakeholders from around the world for four days of buying and selling, networking, learning and fun — all designed to help participants grow their bottom line.

The 300,000 sq. ft. expo is where you will discover thousands of the latest products, technological innovations and new market business opportunities that companies like yours use to grow their businesses. IFAI Expo offers access to markets within the industrial fabrics industry including but not limited to:

SuperExpo 2019 is Australia's largest trade exhibition for the window furnishings and specialised textiles industries.

It will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12 - 14 June 2019.

For more information and to register, visit www.superexpo2019.com.au

Several of our LSAA Members are attending including:

  • Gale Pacific (Booth F69)
  • Hiraoka (Booth L315)
  • HVG Fabrics (Booth D32)
  • Miami Stainless (Booth N269)
  • Nolan Group (Booth E49)
  • ProKnit Industries (Booth A367)
  • Serge Ferrari (Booth D35)
  • The Shann Group (Booth L221)

The 2019 Sydney Design Festival will take place from March 1-10. The Festival provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

The festival aims to:

  •  make design accessible and engaging to new audiences
  • showcase work of designers, both emerging and established
  • tackle design challenges and the future of design
  • be inclusive, representative and cross-disciplinary
  • champion process and experimentation, exploring the in-between and collaborative nature of design

For more details of the events see: https://sydneydesign.com.au/2019/


Industrial Fabrics Association International is thrilled to offer you the premier industrial fabrics expo in North America.

This is the place to see new and innovative products, learn from the experts, meet influential industry leaders and so much more.

This year’s expo will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX Oct. 15 – 18, 2018.

The 21st International Workshop on the Design and Practical Realisation of Architectural Membrane Structures

Textile Roofs 2016

May 2nd - 4th 2016


Archenhold Observatory Berlin, Germany

We would like to invite you to Textile Roofs 2016Workshop in Berlin. The 21st edition of Textile Roofs aims at bringing together international expert knowledge and facilitating the dialogue on emerging topics in the field of Architectural Membrane Structures.

The main objectives of this workshop are to provide fundamental information, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art in textile roof engineering. Above all, the workshop aims to provide practical answers to real-world questions.

The LSAA has endorsed this conference which is calling for abstracts as detailed below:




I am pleased to inform you that ICSA2019 – The 4th International Conference on Structures and Architecture will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, July 24-26, 2019 (www.icsa2019.com).

The aim of ICSA2019 is to present research and developments on the merging of architecture and structural engineering and is intended for an audience of researchers and practitioners world-wide with a background in architecture and in structural engineering.

A one day symposium in Brisbane Friday March 16 2018

12 impressive speakers from the Asia Pacific region will cover the innovative thinking and transformative projects that are creating new world cities for the emerging Asian century. The speakers reflect the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific and the breadth of its architecture. They will address the way communities from across the region are responding to the demands of the future and the pivotal role that architecture plays.

The CTBUH 2017 Tall Buildings Conference to be held in Sydney from October 30 to November 3 2017 is expected to attract over 1000 delegates from about 45 countries.

Conference Theme: Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

The age of the tall building as a single iconic piece of sculpture, standing in isolation from its surroundings, must now come to an end. We have a responsibility to ensure that these permanent urban structures engender a future-oriented urban response to the greatest challenges of our time: unprecedented population growth; mass urbanization; climate change; environmental degradation; social, political and economic change; and the rapid advance of myriad technical innovations.

Next February and March (2019) the ABCB will be conducting informative seminars in a capital city near you.

The seminars will provide an opportunity for you to hear about some changes to the NCC that could impact your work. In addition, there’ll be a presentation and discussion on due process for the development of Performance Solutions.

Here’s what’s on the seminar program -

The LSAA has agreed to co-sponsor ICSA2019 and has pleasure in listing the following information.

For more details, please visit their site directly at http://www.icsa2019.com/

The International Conference on Structures and Architecture is the world's leading and largest global conference bridging the gap between Structures and Architecture.

The contributions on creative and scientific aspects in the conception and construction of structures, on advanced technologies and on complex architectural and structural applications represent a fine blend of scientific, technical and practical novelties in both fields. 

IFAI Expo 2017 is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and takes place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, September 26–29. IFAI is thrilled to offer you the premier industrial fabrics expo in North America. This is the place to see new and innovative products, learn from the experts, meet influential industry leaders and more.

  • Connecting thousands of attendees with more than 400 exhibitors
  • Global connections and networking through events, education and meetings
  • Comprehensive programming to generate ideas, provide solutions and promote business growth
  • Numerous experiences showcasing the breadth and innovation of the industry

The IFAI Expo is being held in Charlotte, NC USA

Date: October 18-21 2016

IFAI Expo is a dynamic event experience combining textile industry experts, manufacturers, members and attendees to deliver innovative, industry-shaping solutions. Whether your business is specialty fabrics, advanced textiles or shade and weather protection, IFAI Expo can take you to the next level.

The inaugural Fire Resistant Textiles & Fibre Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia in November 2016.

2016 Fire Resistant Textiles & Fibre Conference will be an open forum presenting the latest science, technology, design and manufacturing techniques for fire resistant fibres, textiles, coatings and finishes for the protection of people, property and the environment.Testing, management and compliance of fire resistant characteristics in fibres and textile to reduce risk to the greatest extent possible will also be explored.