Success at FiBreMoD autumn lectures

FiBreMoD 2017 Composite Autumn Lectures were held in Paris on 25-27 October at FIAP Jean Monnet.

This “international education and exchange” centre, named as a tribute to one of Europe's founding fathers, was the perfect place to organize the event. The purpose of FIAP, “to help build a Europe that would be open to the rest of the world, to combat racism and to foster cultural exchanges among young people around the world”, fits indeed perfectly with the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions that FiBreMoD ITN programme is part of. FIAP Centre was also in the immediate vicinity of Mines-ParisTech, the École des Mines de Paris, which organized and hosted the Autumn School.

This event, widely advertized, attracted 47 attendees who filled the room for three days. The majority of participants coming from seven countries, mainly France (40%), Belgium (15%), Germany (13%), Uk (13%) and Netherlands (11%), had the opportunity to follow these Lectures given by renowned experts. Participants were thus able to learn and exchange ideas with six Lecturers: Alexander Bismarck (University of Vienna & Imperial College London), Anthony Bunsell (Mines-ParisTech), Peter Davies (Ifremer), Andy Long (University of Nottingham), Véronique Michaud (EPFL) and Albert Turon (University of Girona). The common theme was "Failure Mechanisms in Fibre-Reinforced Composites" and many aspects of composite materials were discussed, from fundamental mechanisms to application examples and processing principles.

Beyond the Lectures, connections between students were “woven” on this occasion. Free time after the lectures allowed the participants to discover the attractions of Paris. About thirty participants took advantage of a welcome cocktail event and dinner to continue the exchanges in a more informal way. We owe the success of this event to the quality of the Lectures, but also to the motivation and interest of the participants.

The FiBreMoD researchers.