Aluminum Research Center of Iran is scheduled to hold the Fifth Iran International Aluminum Conference on April 24. IIAC 2018 will be held in partnership with Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization and Iran University of Science and Technology. One of the main purposes of the conference, according to conference secretary, Mansour Soltanieh, is to attract foreign investment in Iran’s aluminum sector, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture reported. IIAC 2018 has so far received 107 abstracts and 74 articles from renowned universities and research centers, including Italy’s Italecno and A.T.I.E Uno Informatica, Canada’s Hatch Ltd. and Switzerland’s ABB Metallurgy. The conference, however, has received less international attention compared to its previous iterations, Soltanieh said, pointing to “political issues” as impediments to foreign firms’ presence in the upcoming conference.