ESR conducting outreach at school in Turin

  On 24th October 2018, Ravin Garg, ESR 13 based at Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. and conducting PhD studies at Politecnico di Torino, conducted a public engagement activity along with other PhD researchers from Politecnico di Torino, as part of the Science Among Youth project. The project aims to promote the diffusion of the technical […]

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ICONIC video available now

We have published our new ICONIC video so that you can learn more about the project. Check it out below.

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ICONIC promoted at Advanced Engineering 2018

ICONIC is showcased at Advanced Engineering 2018 at the NEC (Birmingham, UK) on 31st October and 1st November 2018, as part of the QUB Advanced Composites Research Group stand. Visit us at stand Q74 to learn more about ICONIC.

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ECCCS-1 promoted in EASN Newsletter October 2018

The 1st European Conference on Crashworthiness of Composite Structures (ECCCS-1), organised by the ICONIC ITN on 19-21st November 2019 at QUB, was promoted in the October 2018 issue of the EASN Newsletter. The newsletter of EASN (European Aeronautics Science Network), a partner organisation in ICONIC, is distributed to more than 10,000 individuals from the academic, […]

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2nd ICONIC Summer School and 4th ICONIC Project Meeting in Belfast

  All 15 ICONIC ESRs and two affiliated PhD students participated in the 2nd ICONIC Summer School at the impressive Graduate School of Queen’s University Belfast on 27-29th August 2018. The 2nd ICONIC Summer School was centred around virtual testing and design of composite structures. The Summer School kicked off with a very interactive training […]

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ICONIC: Improving the Crashworthiness of Composite Transportation Structures

The European aerospace, automotive, and rail industries are committed to improving their energy efficiency to meet targets set within the EU’s climate, energy and transport policies. This is motivating the increased use of lightweight composite materials in lieu of heavier metallics. To implement this transition, these industries must reach the same level of crash performance achieved with metals, but at significantly lower weight and without increasing cost. This is viewed by industry as an exceptionally challenging goal and will require highly trained engineers. The EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network ICONIC (ICONIC ITN – Improving the crashworthiness of composite transportation structures) aims to cultivate such a new generation of young engineers.

The young engineers trained in the ICONIC ITN will be comfortable and fluent in the integration and exploitation of knowledge from fields as diverse as materials science, chemistry, computational methods, textile technology, structural design and optimisation. These researchers will acquire the skills to enable the sustainable design of a new generation of highly efficient, lightweight composite transportation structures.

A total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) take up posts, across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Germany, Italy and Sweden, in an innovative, multidisciplinary and intersectoral structured research, and technical and transferable skills training programme. A strong consortium from academia, large industrial enterprises and innovative SMEs supports the ICONIC ITN.

Professor Brian G. Falzon from Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom) coordinates the ICONIC research project, supported by the ICONIC Management Group. Contact us to learn more about the ICONIC ITN.


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    Travelling to sunny Greece for the 1st ICONIC Summer School and 2nd ICONIC Project Meeting


    In early September 2017, twelve of our 18 ICONIC ESRs and affiliated PhD students, ICONIC Coordinator Professor Brian G. Falzon, ICONIC supervisors Dr. Peter Martin and Dr. Giuseppe Catalanotti, and...

    Breaking the Wall of Crash Protection in Lightweight Vehicles at the 1st MSCA Falling Walls Lab in Brussels


    ‘I am proud that the EU’s Marie Skłowdowska – Curie Actions (MSCA) have funded more than 100,000 fellows so far.  This is a great achievement for our programme which trains...