The International Industrial Forum on composite materials

Composiforum 2022


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 Blanchard

President. Aitiip Technology Centre.

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Mr Carlos Toledo

National 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 Cuenca

Transfer 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 Sancho

Directora 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 Camanho

Professor of Applied Mechanics. Universidade do Porto. Keynote Speech.
Pedro Camanho has been Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto (UPorto), Portugal, since 2014. He is also currently the President of the Associated Laboratory in Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics (LAETA), and the Vice-President of INEGI. He received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from UPorto in 1995, and PhD in Composite Materials from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK, in 1999.

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Prof. Alice Mija

Professor 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.

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Dr Caroline Petiot

Senior 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.

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Dr José Antonio Dieste

Engineering 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.

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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.

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Dr Miguel Alcalde

Co-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 (

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Dr Natalia Alfaro

Responsible 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.

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Dr Alejandro Ibrahim

CEO. Airport of Teruel.
Dr Alejandro Ibrahim is General director and manager of Aeropuerto de Teruel and has a PhD in Aeronautical Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Executive MBA from the Madrid Business Institute, Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Microsoft Institute, Economics and aviation pilot studies and instructor Aviation Security AVSEC from AESA.

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Mr Fernando Pardo

Responsible 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).
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Dr Raúl Gallego

Responsible 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.

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  • 9:00 – 9:30Registration [+ location map]

  • 9:30 – 10:00Institutional 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 – 11:45Sustainability 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 – 12:15Networking Coffee [+ location map]
  • 12:15 – 13:15Circularity 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 – 14:15Roundtable 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 – 14:30Conclusions and closing remarks

  • 14:30 – 15:30Lunch [+ location map]
  • 15:30 – 17:00Transfer, visit to Aitiip Technology Centre Premises and return to Paraninfo – University of Zaragoza [+ location map]
  • 17:00End of the day


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.


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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