News & events

Updates, related projects and news related to the OptiQPAP initiative

Science Week Madrid 2017

María Azzurra Riezzo, Early Stage Researcher 2 of the DYNACOMP network, participated in Madrid Science Week 2017. The Madrid Science Week (organized by Madri+d) is an outreach initiative of science, technology and innovation addressed to all audiences of all ages and scientific levels that takes place throughout the Region of Madrid. It contributes to discuss the challenges that society is facing and promotes public awareness of science, increases accessibility to scientific knowledge and generates new ways of social participation. Its main aims are to disseminate the results of research, opening spaces where it is performed and foster scientific careers and entrepreneurship among young people

María joined the activity entitled “Manufacturing composite panels“, where staff from IMDEA Materials Institute conducted a hands-on workshop related to composite manufacturing (one of the activities carried out in the DYNACOMP project)


Participants manufacturing composite panels at IMDEA Materials facilities

Researchers’ Night Madrid 2017

María Azzurra Riezzo, Early Stage Researcher 2 of the DYNACOMP network, participated in Madrid Researchers’ Nignt 2017. This event is part of the European Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year on the last Friday in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

María joined the activity entitled “Researchers working in industry. European Corner“, where fellows belonging to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions conducted hands-on experiments related to their research activities. During the event, Maria explained the mechanical behaviour “Silly Putty” mechanical (a toy based on silicone polymers that have unusual physical properties).

General researchers night 2017 FTelefónica

General view of the event “Researchers working in industry. European Corner”, held at Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid)

Maria Azzurra researchers night 2017

María Azzurra explaining her interests in twitter, via @jesusrojo76

Summer school sucess

Young scientists and engineers have wrapped up their three-day course on the nature and structure, processing, properties and applications of composite materials at IMDEA Materials Institute in Getafe (Spain).

14 students from ATG Europe B.V, University of Castilla la Mancha, Wroclaw University of Technology, Coventry University, Ideko S.Coop and IMDEA Materials Institute attended daily lectures by leading scientists from academia and industry. In the afternoons, the students were given practical lessons on the processing on composites and modeling.

The summer school on composite materials was supported by the DYNACOMP project, as part of the training of the 2 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of the network.


Opening of the conference by Dr. Jon Molina (coordinator of the DYNACOMP project) and Prof. Ignacio Romero (Director of IMDEA)

Dr. Martin Simmons (HEXCEL), delivering an introduction to composites


Participants manufacturing composite panels on day 1


Prof. Javier Llorca (IMDEA) explaining the virtual testing of composites on day 2


Tamara Blanco (AIRBUS) explaining the new challenges composites face for aeronautical applications on day 3

Recruitment process is closed

The recruitment process to cover 2 research assistants positions (Early Stage Researchers) within the DYNACOMP project is now closed. The selected candidates are Maria Azzurra (Master’s degree in Materials Engineering by the University of Salento in Italy) and Mario Rueda (Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering by the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands).

Summer school on composite materials

GETAFE (SPAIN) 11 – 13 JULY 2017


Composite materImage for flyerials are nowadays extensively used in applications where outstanding mechanical properties are necessary in combination with weight savings. Their increased use has presented new challenges to engineers, largely due to the highly complex failure mechanisms of composite materials but also due to the many uncertainties that can exist in their manufacturing process. This summer school aims providing young engineers and researchers a rapid knowledge of the state-of-the art in the field (nature and structure, processing, properties and applications in different sectors) via a hands-on training experience.


Renowned experts in the field of composite research, producers of advanced composites and developers of testing equipment from IMDEA Materials Institute, HEXCEL Composites and Airbus. Speakers from other industries will also participate (see the program below).

This event is organized as part of the DYNACOMP (Dynamic behaviour of composite materials for next generation aeroengines) training network, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under grant agreement nº 722096.


Download the program here


The registration fee is € 200,00 (VAT included) per participant, including coffee, lunch, shuttle service from central Madrid and course materials. Attendance is limited to 30 people in order of registration.

In order to register, please fill the registration form below and send it via email to After registration, an invoice will be issued to the attendee (to be paid via bank transfer).

Download the registration form here


IMDEA Materials Institute (seminar room), Eric Kandel 2, Tecnogetafe, 28906, Getafe (Madrid), SPAIN


For more information, please contact Mariana Huerta (Public relations and events management at IMDEA Materials Institute,, +34 91 5493422 (extension 1047))



The DYNACOMP project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 722096