NEXT EDITION: COMPOSIFORUM 2024
The International Industrial Forum on composite materials
A more sustainable future thanks to composites’ recycling was the central topic of Composiforum 2022.
Scientists and experts from research centres, universities and leading companies convened in Zaragoza, Spain last 17th November, 2022 to discuss about the present and the future of composites. Nowadays it can be found in many equipment: airplanes, wind turbines, cars or in a padel raquet or skis. Composiforum, organised by Cátedra Aitiip Universidad de Zaragoza, addressed the need to adopt sustainability and circularity as main lines of the new economy, developing technology strategy to recycle new materials.
Prestigious speakers have showcased the latest advances in recycling, recovering and reusing of composites and the forefront of cutting edge technologies have been presented.
Mr Juan Manuel BlanchardPresident. Aitiip Technology Centre.
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Mr Carlos ToledoNational Contact Point Cluster 4 Industry-NCP of CDTI
Industrial Engineer from UPM, Master thesis in Mechanical Engineering, MIT Professional Training in Digital Transformation, Expert in R&D Management from UPM.
Currently as NCP for HE Cluster 4 Industry.
Over 16 years of experience in CDTI, Public Financing Entity of R+D+i activities, in the areas of Technology Assessment, Project Monitoring and Certification, Technological Advisor in Advanced Manufacturing and Equipment, Promotion and Cooperation Department.
Previously, 10 years of professional experience in R&D in companies: ITT Automotive, GE Power Controls, TESA-ASSA ABLOY and LEGRAND.
Prof. Gloria CuencaTransfer and Technological Innovation Vice rector of Universidad de Zaragoza
Professor of Paleontology, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sciences.
She is Venezuelan by birth and Zaragozana by education, family and heart. She is married and has a son. She studied Geology and specialized in Paleontology at the University of Zaragoza. She is a member of the research teams Aragosaurus, Atapuerca and the University Institute of Environmental Sciences of Aragon (IUCA).
Since 1987 she has been professor at the University of Zaragoza and since then she has a PhD in Geological Sciences.
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Ms Yolanda SanchoDirectora General of Universities of Gobierno de Aragón
Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Diploma in Advanced Studies in Economics from the University of Zaragoza. She has been trained in Sustainability from MIT and ESADE – Ramón Llull University and she specialised in Environmental Economics. She has developed her career in the areas of consulting, training and policy making.
She is expert in defining projects focused on sustainability, the fight against climate change and poverty alleviation, in Spain and Latin America. Professor at the University of Zaragoza of Economics, Business and Environment (2009-2014) in the area of environmental markets and Kyoto Protocol.
Prof. Pedro CamanhoProfessor of Applied Mechanics. Universidade do Porto. Keynote Speech.
Prof. Alice MijaProfessor of Chemistry. Université Côte d'Azur.
Prof. Alice Mija received her doctoral degrees in Sciences et Génie des Matériaux from Ecole des Mines de Paris (France) and Chemical Engineering from Technical University “Gh. Asachi” Iasi (Romania). She worked as researcher in macromolecular chemistry at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry “P. Poni” (Iasi, Romania). In 2003 she joined the University of Nice where she also completed her habilitation in Sciences Fondamentales et Appliquées.
Dr Caroline PetiotSenior Scientist New Materials and Processes. Airbus.
Caroline works for Airbus SAS Central R&T organisation since 2017, where she occupies a position of Senior Composites Scientist. She joined Aerospatiale company in 1990 and contributed to several researches and innovations in polymer fiber reinforced composites contributing to their successful large introduction into aerospace products. She was involved in the definition of materials behaviour laws for damage and failure prediction and as well as the relations between reinforced polymers structures versus their properties.
Dr José Antonio DiesteEngineering and Advanced Processes Manager. Aitiip Technology Centre.
Dr Jose Antonio Dieste is responsible of the robotic and automation area at AITIIP. Expert in Machining, Polishing and Robotics operation applied to plastics manufacturing. He is leading the research lines related to robotics, additive manufacturing and industry 4.0.
Mr. Julio Vidal, PhD(c)Composites and plastic senior researcher. Aitiip Technology Centre.
Julio Vidal is graduated in Chemistry by the Universidad de Zaragoza and holds a master in nanomaterials.
He is currently working on his doctoral thesis about advanced biomaterials and their end-of-life issues and his job in Aitiip, Technology Centre as senior researcher.
Dr Miguel AlcaldeCo-Founder & Advisor, EvoEnzyme. Research Professor, CSIC.
The central research of Dr. Miguel Alcalde primarily focusses on the engineering of enzymes by directed evolution for a wide range of biotechnological purposes as well as synthetic biology studies for environmental, energy and industrial applications (https://miguelalcaldelab.eu).
Dr Natalia AlfaroResponsible of R&D Projects. Urbaser.
Chemical engineer holding an international PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
Natalia has 13 years of experience in the R&D field. She has worked as researcher in the Spanish Research Centre CIEMAT, for the Aragon government and in the University of Valladolid.
Dr Alejandro IbrahimCEO. Airport of Teruel.
Mr Fernando PardoResponsible of Circular Economy Placo® and Isover
Fernando Pardo is a Mining Engineer from the University of Oviedo. Over the last 17 years he has held different positions as Head of the Mining Engineering Department (Andalusian Mining Services). Mining manager operations and head of the environment of the factories in the south and center of Spain (Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica). Country manager of risk prevention, environment and energy (Saint-Gobain Placo Ibérica).
Dr Raúl GallegoResponsible of Advanced Materials. Grupo Antolín Ingeniería.
Mr Raul Gallego holds a degree in Chemistry and postgraduate in Organic Chemistry from the Faculty of Sciences of Valladolid in 2004. Doctor of Sciences from the University of Valladolid in 2008 about new materials of technological interest.
Since 2005 he has been working on different basic and applied research projects, focusing his work on polymeric materials, their characterization, processing and modification for various applications such as automotive and food industries.
9:00 – 9:30 — Registration [+ location map]
9:30 – 10:00 — Institutional Opening
Mr Juan Manuel Blanchard, President of Aitiip Technology Centre
Mr Carlos Toledo, National Contact Point Cluster 4 Industry-NCP of CDTI
Ms Gloria Cuenca, Transfer and Technological Innovation Vice rector of Universidad de Zaragoza
Ms Yolanda Sancho, Directora General of Universities of Gobierno de Aragón
- 10:00 – 10:45 — Key Note Session
Expanding the design envelope of aerospace structures using non-conventional polymer composite laminates [+ info]
Prof. Pedro Camanho, Professor of Aplied Mechanics at Universidade do Porto
- 10:45 – 11:45 — Sustainability Session
Session I – CFRC based on sustainable epoxy thermosets with potential applications in the aerospace and space sectors [+ info]
Prof. Alice Mija, professor of Chemistry at the Nice Institute of Chemistry, Université Cote D’Azur
Session II – Leading the journey towards more sustainable carbon fiber reinforced plastics [+ info]
Dr Caroline Petiot, Composite Senior Scientist at AIRBUS new materials and processes
Session III – Advanced manufacturing and sustainable tooling for Carbon fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic processing [+ info]
Dr José Antonio Dieste, Engineering and Advanced Processes Manager at Aitiip Technology Centre and Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Universidad de Zaragoza
- 11:45 – 12:15 — Networking Coffee [+ location map]
12:15 – 13:15 — Circularity Session
Session IV – Bringing thermoset materials to a circular economy through recycling technologies [+ info]
Mr Julio Vidal, PhD(c) Composites and Plastic Senior Researcher at Aitiip Technology Centre
Session V – Enzyme engineering by directed evolution and ancestral resurrection for the degradation and valorisation of thermoset composites [+ info]
Dr Miguel Alcalde, Co Funder and Advisor at EvoEnzyme and CSIC Research Professor, Institute of Catalysis of CSIC
Session VI – Circular Biocarbon: Turning organic urban waste streams into value-added products [+ info]
Dr Natalia Alfaro, R&D&i European Project Manager at Urbaser and Coordinator of CIRCULAR BIOCARBON Project
- 13:15 – 14:15 — Roundtable on Industrial Applications
Aeronautical Sector: Dr Alejandro Ibrahim, CEO at Teruel Airport
Construction Sector: Mr Fernando Pardo, Responsible of Circular Economy Placo® and Isover
Automotive Sector: Dr Raúl Gallego, Advanced Materials Responsible at Grupo Antolín Ingeniería [+ info]
14:15 – 14:30 — Conclusions and closing remarks
- 14:30 – 15:30 — Lunch [+ location map]
- 15:30 – 17:00 — Transfer, visit to Aitiip Technology Centre Premises and return to Paraninfo – University of Zaragoza [+ location map]
17:00 — End of the day
HOW TO GET TO ZARAGOZA
You can get to Zaragoza by car, bus, train, plane or on foot, as part of the Camino de Santiago, because it is located in a privileged crossroads between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the Basque country. It is also the gateway to Europe through the tunnel of Somport.
Zaragoza belongs to the network of cities with a high-speed train station and its Delicias Intermodal station welcomes travelers entering and leaving the city by train or bus from practically anywhere in Spain.
Zaragoza airport, which connects the city with numerous cities in Spain and Europe through various airlines, is located 10 km away from the city centre.
From Delicias Train Station
If you come to Zaragoza by train or bus you will reach the Zaragoza Delicias Intermodal Station, which is located within the city, allowing good communication with both the different neighborhoods and the airport.
Zaragoza airport is connected to the city by bus (Line 501), taxi and rent car.
HOW TO REACH COMPOSIFORUM
From Delicias Train/Bus station
Bus Line 51 has a stop in front of Parninfo (bus stop in Paseo Pamplona, 5).
There is also a taxi rank in the Arrivals Area.
From Zaragoza Airport
Bus Line 501 departs from de Airport every 30 minutes. The trip takes 45 minutes.
To return to the airport the bus stop is in Paseo María Agustín, 7.
There is also a taxi rank.
Access from and to any point in the city:
Zaragoza’s varied accomodation options will surely fit your needs. Find below some suggestions to help you find the right place to stay during Composiforum 2022.
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