26 March 2013
26 March 2013
200 experts from science and industry gathered at the 19th German Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Symposium on the 27th and 28th February 2013 to discuss the role composites materials can play in the transition to renewable energies.
The symposium, which is held annually, was hosted by the Institute for Polymer Composites at Hamburg University of Technology, under the direction of Professor Dr.-Ing. Karl Schulte.
Presentations by companies working in the fields of wind energy, aviation and shipbuilding illustrated the current performance of these materials in an industrial setting. “The lectures covered a wide spectrum of applications and research in the area of composites, as well as providing an in-depth technical discussion," explained Professor Dr.-Ing. Alois K. Schlarb, President of the SAMPE Deutschland.
As part of the event, SAMPE awarded the Innovation Award for outstanding scientific work in the field of composites was awarded by Professor Dr.-Ing. Frank Henning of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Fraunhofer ICT and the SAMPE Management Board, to Janna Sofie Riechwald from Darmstadt University of Technology, and to Volker Heinzle from the KIT. Both winners received 1000 euros in prize money. They were also offered the opportunity to participate in an event organized by SAMPE EUROPE in Paris, at which they can qualify for a further international experts' meeting in the USA.
The 20th SAMPE Symposium will be held in 2014 in Stuttgart. Students and young scientists are invited to submit entries in the field of fibre composites for the Innovation Prize 2014 to SAMPE Deutschland by December 2013.
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