Confirmed Speakers

Kim Pickering

Professor Kim Pickering has been involved in materials related research for 34 years, specialising in composite materials.  Prior to her current role, she was an industrial researcher at Plessey in the UK. She is the director of the Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials and Manufacture and has been leader of the Polymers and Composites Research Group, University of Waikato since 2000. Professor Pickering was elected as Fellow of Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) in 2008, awarded Chartered Engineer Status and certified on the International Professional Engineers register (IPENZ) in 2005 and has been a Professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Communities (IoM3) since 2005. She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 patents and has more than 8,500 citations. She received her BSc(Eng) with Honours from Imperial College, London, and her PhD at Surrey University in the UK. She co-leads a multi-institution project on the 3D printing of biomaterials and is the principal researcher and leader of a NZ government funded  “Āmiomio Aotearoa – A circular economy for the wellbeing of New Zealand” project. She is currently the Associate Dean of Research for the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science at the University of Waikato.

Sandro Amico

Professor Sandro Amico graduated in Chemical Engineering from UFRN, did his Masters at UNICAMP and the PhD at the University of Surrey (England). He is currently Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in the Department of Materials Engineering, and his research focuses on structure, processing and properties of polymeric composites. He has published more the 260 journal papers, 500 conference papers, 25 book chapters and 4 patents, and has supervised 57 Master/Doctorate students. He was the Chair of the 3rd Brazilian Conference on Composite Material (BCCM-3), and recently won the Pesquisador Gaúcho Award from FAPERGS (2021) and the Technological Innovation Award from ANP – Category III (2020) with his team. He has a CNPq Research Productivity Grant, Level I-B (Eng II), with an H-index of 36 (ISI) and 46 (Google Scholar), and is associate editor of the Materials Research Ibero-american Journal. He leads a Composites research group ( and the development of a free web-based composite mechanics software (MECH-GCOMP, His ongoing international collaborations include Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) and Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research-Dresden (Germany).

To be announced