Insights on the 1st General Assembly and the seminar on Circularity in Light-Mediated Advanced Manufacturing


After a successful seminar 𝑰𝒔 𝒂 π’„π’Šπ’“π’„π’–π’π’‚π’“ π’†π’„π’π’π’π’Žπ’š π’‘π’π’”π’”π’Šπ’ƒπ’π’†? POLINA partners brought together for the 1st General Assembly (GA) meeting, held on May 24th in San Sebastian. All the partners gathered for comprehensive discussions on the advancements and significant innovations in the field of 2/3D printing.

The meeting kicked off with a warm welcome and an overview of the objectives by Prof. Andreas Heise from RCSI. Dr. Robert Murphy followed, updating the consortium on RCSI’s progress, the challenges they’ve faced, and the future steps for the project. Next, Dr. Fernando Vidal from POLYMAT and UPV-EHU provided an update on their advancements in Chemistry & Materials, along with the opportunities and obstacles encountered and the path forward. Dr. Olivier Soppera and Dr. Carlo Gonzato from CNRS then took the stage to share their progress on lithographic structuring. Dr. Patricia Davidson from 4DCELL presented their upcoming developments in device integration.

The second half of the meeting featured presentations from accelopment Schweiz AG. Ms. Miriam Frances highlighted the project’s outreach achievements and outlined plans for upcoming science communication activities. Ms. Jacqueline Strehler then discussed project coordination and management, including a dashboard of planned actions, upcoming deliverables, and next steps. The meeting concluded with an open discussion led by Prof. Andreas Heise, encouraging all partners to share their thoughts and suggestions for the project’s improvement. POLINA’s first General Assembly was fruitful, providing a platform for productive discussions and ensuring the project’s progress toward its goals!

The GA was celebrated after a successful seminar 𝑰𝒔 𝒂 π’„π’Šπ’“π’„π’–π’π’‚π’“ π’†π’„π’π’π’π’Žπ’š π’‘π’π’”π’”π’Šπ’ƒπ’π’†? hosted by POLINA’s partners UPV/EHU-POLYMAT,Β  together with Polykey and NATURE-EID. During a two-day event, eight international guest speakers shared their research and had active discussions on the future of polymers and the future of plastics, for transforming the polymer industry from a damaging linear production of plastics to a virtuous circular economy.

Featuring POLINA partners, the host of the event, Prof. Haritz Sardon Muguruza from POLYMAT and UPV-EHU, presented the Sustainability aspects related with VAT AM from biosources monomers to recyclable resins. Prof. Eva Blasco from Heidelberg University presented miniaturization and functionalization of AM from small scale system to living 3D objects. They help the audience to understand the key design parameters for next generation materials for AM, and how to increase the circularity of products derived from AM ensuring that this industrial revolution does not create a new plastic waste problem.

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