BLUE BELL, Pa. - The Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) is extending the Call for Papers deadlines for the first two new Advancements in Coatings Series (ACSeries) programs: "Research Methods in the 21st Century: A Toolkit for Competitive Advantage" and "Nanotechnology in Coatings: Realizing the Potential." The programs will consist of a one-day short course, followed by a two-day symposium featuring 30-minute paper presentations. Presentations will be offered in separate, themed tracks.

"Research Methods in the 21st Century: A Toolkit for Competitive Advantage" will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, on May 18-20, 2005. This program explores emerging technologies and techniques that provide the user with competitive advantages in developing new products in coatings R&D. Primary focus is on Design of Experiment (DOE), High Throughput R&D (HRD) and Combinatorial Methods, but the program is not limited to these topics.

"Nanotechnology in Coatings: Realizing the Potential" will be held on June 8-10 in Seattle. This program focuses on this emerging science and examines the impact nanotechnology and nano-techniques will have on the industry's future. The latest research findings will be featured.

To obtain the official Call for Papers forms for these programs or learn more about the ACSeries, visit the FSCT website at, or contact FSCT at 492 Norristown Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422-2350; voice: 610/940.0777; fax: 610/940.0292; E-mail