Smartfan European School on Carbon Fibers reinforced polymers for advanced applications

27 – 30 September 2021

Dallara Academy (Varano de’ Melegari – Italy)

Registrations for in-person participation are close:

Participate virtually!

School location:


Via Provinciale, 33A, 43040 Varano de’ Melegari PR



Via Martiri della Libertà, 2, 43040 Varano de’ Melegari PR



3 nights bed and breakfast in a double room for single use: 75 euro/per night

To be paid at the check out

School Program:

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Fundamentals of composite materials

09:00-09:15 Welcome and introduction to the SMARTFAN school

Gianmarco Beltrami (DALLARA)

Massimo Rinaldi  (WH)

09:15-10:00 Introduction to the project

Prof Costas Charitidis/ Tanja Kosanovic (NTUA)

Introduction to Smartfan composite technologies

Prof Costas Charitidis/Kate Trompeta (NTUA)

10:00-10:45 Introduction on carbon fibres and applications

Luca Vescovi (DALLARA)

10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 Review of the mechanical testing methods of composite materials

Prof. Nicholas Tsouvalis (NTUA) (on-line)

12:00-12:45 High Performance Car Design in the racing ecosystem

Matteo Piraccini (HAAS)


Closing Day 1

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Visit to DALLARA

16:00- 19:00 Free Time

19:00-21:00 Driving experience 

Team building activity: students will be
involved in a kart competition at the Varano racetrack. The group
will be divided into teams that will compete in a thrilling speed
race. Are you ready for the challenge?

No dinner

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Processing & Design


Introduction to Day 2

09:15-10:00 Hybrid multi-scale and data-driven models for designing the smart properties of nanocomposite materials

Matteo Fasano (POLITO) + Agustín Chiminelli (on-line)

10:00-10:45 Processing methods and conditions to achieve smart and multifunctional composites

Andreia Araújo (INEGI)

10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 Advanced and Automated Composites Manufacturing

Elena Rodríguez Senín (AIMEN | online)

12:00-12:45 Nanocomposites: Occupational safety considerations & The role of Personal Protective Equipment

Panagiotis – Theodoros Karagiannis (IRES)

12:45-13:00 Closing Day 2

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Visit to DALLARA

16:00-17:00 Transfer to Parma

17:00-19:00 Guided tour of Parma old Town

19:00-22:00 Free time in Parma

22:00 Transfer to Varano de’ Melegari

No dinner

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Characterization & Advanced functionalities


Introduction to Day 3

09:15-10:00 Plasma surface functionalisation and characterisation of carbon fibres for high-performance composites

Prof.  Hanshan Dong

(University of Birmingham)

10:00-10:45 The role of graphene in the world of multifunctional composite materials   

Panagiotis Pappas (FORTH)

 10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 Artificial Intelligence – Internet of Things synergies

Domenico Romano (TECHEDGE)

12:00-12:45 Design and testing of multifunctional composite structures

Prof. Robert Böhm (HTWK Leipzig)

12:45-13:00 Closing Day 3

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-16:00 Practical session

(Interactive session / Problem solving contest)

16:00-17:00 Transfer to ALMA | International School of Italian Cuisine

17:00-18:00 Guided tour of the school

18:00-20:00 Cook your own gala dinner!
Team building activity:
ALMA’s chef will teach students how to prepare
a typical Italian type of pasta. This dish will be the main course of the
gala dinner.

20:00-22:30 Gala Dinner

      22:30 Transfer to Varano de’ Melegari

TOPIC OF THE DAY: Application and case studies


Introduction to Day 4

09:15-10:00 Carbon-based smart shape memory polymer composites

Prof Fabrizio Quadrini (Tor Vergata University)

10:00-10:45 3D printing of composite structures with dynamically reconfigurable and reversible shape transformations upon external stimuli

Panagiotis Zoubulis (BIOG3D)

 10:45-11:15 Coffe break

11:15-12:00 2D and 1D materials based composites for the next generation of sensors, Energy storage, Harvesting, information storage and EMS devices

Paolo Bondavalli (THALES)

12:00-12:45 The use of carbon-fiber for automotive application

Oliver Streilein (BUGATTI)

12:45-13:00 Closing Day 4

13:00-13:45 Closing Day and Cerimony
Isella Vicini (Warrant Hub)
Andrea Pontremoli (Dallara)

The school secretariat has already pre-booked the rooms; the booking confirmation will be in charge of the participants.

The registration includes:

  • Pre-Booking of a single room (with Breakfast) at a discouted rate: the room will be paid by each participant directy at the hotel
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch breaks
  • Gala Dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours
  • Practical actitivies
  • School material

The registration does not include:

  • Dinners (only Gala Dinner included)
  • Any other travel costs not expresses mentioned
  • Extra drinks

After registration you will receive an email with the confirmation of your registration. The Organizing Committee will evalute your registration and will send you a final confirmation email with the details to book your room: you have time 14 calendar days to book your room, confirming your participation to the school. After 14 calendar day, if you have not proceed with the booking, your registration to the school in presence will be canceled. You can participate virtually registering HERE.

Payment is due at the moment of the hotel check out. In case of booking withdrawal, you have to communicate immediately to the school secretariat your cancellation.

Cancellation Policies:

  • No penalty in case of communication made 30 days before the start of the stay.
  • 50% of the price of one night for each room booked, in case of communication made between 30 and 15 days before the start of the stay
  • 100% of the price of one night for each room booked, in case of communication made between 14 and 7 days before the start of the stay
  • 100% of the total booking in case of communication made less than 7 days before the start of the stay or in case of no show

The credit card details indicated by you will be used as a guarantee in case of no-show or cancellation of the reservation after the deadline set by the cancellation policy.

Registrations to the event in-person are closed!

More info:

School Secretariat: [email protected]