Here are some networking sites, which may be of help to get more information.
IIW: International Institue of Welding.
IIW is an international network for people, companies, institutes and universities. People meet annually somewhere in the World, share knowledge and gain new insights and these meetings usually gather somewhere between 500-1000 people. IIW has many Commissions with different aims, as an example Commission XIII has focus on fatigue. Totally over 60 countries are members.
SVK: The Swedish Welding Commission.
SVK is the Swedish body of IIW, where one can be a member.