Zwick Academia Day

Over the years, Zwick Academia Day has become an important event for science and industry where new opportunities and possibilities in intelligent materials testing are discussed. How can we accelerate research through the use of materials testing machines? How can new materials be established more quickly? And how can research and industry strengthen their partnership? These are just a few of the questions that arise each year at the Zwick Academia Day. A highlight of this event is the presentation of the Zwick Science Award and 8,000 euros in prize money for the innovative use of a materials testing machine in research and science. 

Academia Day 2018, 15th May, Rome

Call for participants

Date: May 15th, 2018

Topic: Testing of high performance, lightweight and sustainable materials

University: Sapienza, Università di Roma

Speakers: Lectures by remarkable professors from the best international universities that will join the event. The detailed program will be communicated soon.

Agenda: Lectures, discussions, poster session, rewarding of the Zwick Science Award

Social program (May 14th, 2018)
4.15 pm - 6 pm Guided English walking tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forums

8 pm Dinner on the panoramic terrace of Giuda Ballerino! restaurant

*NEW* Call for posters - Free participation, mandatory registration
Submit your original work dedicated to testing of high performance, lightweight and sustainable materials. Send your short abstract in English, max 500 characters spaces included to by 26th March 2018. The Academia Day proceedings will be published by an international editor and indexed by Scopus. After the event, a selection of authors will be asked to prepare an extended paper that will be published by an international journal with impact factor and indexed by Scopus.

Registrations are closed!

If you have questions please contact Ms.Tania Pesalovo: Tel. +39 010 0898708,



Agenda - Academia Day (May 15th)

Sala del Chiostro, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome

08:30 Registration

09:30 Welcome and Opening address

  • Prof. Eng. Antonio D’Andrea, Head of the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome        
  • Dr. Jan Stefan Roell (CEO), Zwick Roell Group

09:45 Lectures

  • Insitu CT - New opportunities for material testing of biocomposites, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Josef Endres, Fraunhofer WKI, University of Applied Science and Arts Hannover (Germany)
  • How to test the mechanical behavior of bioactive materials, Prof. Luis Dorfmann, TUFTS University, Boston (USA)
  • Lightweight metallic matrix composites: development of new composites material reinforced with carbon structures, Dr. Eng. Marco Valente, Department of Chemical Engineering Materials &  Enviroment, Sapienza University of Rome    

11:15 Coffee Break & Posters Session

11:45 Lectures

  • The mechanic characterization for the development of biomaterials and biomedical devices, Eng. Roberto Chiesa, Department of Chemicals, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”,  Polytechnic University of Milan
  • Rapid prototyping and 3D printing for aerospace applications: new fronteers for materials & components testing and characterization, Prof. Paolo Fino, Department of Applied Science and Technology,  Polytechnic University of Turin
  • Thermal analysis and application of high performing and lightweight composites for automotive players, Dr. Laura Mazzocchetti, Department of Industrial Chemistry “Toso Montanari”, University of Bologna

13:15 Lunch & Poster Session

14:45 Rewarding & Speeches of the Zwick Science Award Winners 2017 

15:45 Lectures

  • Natural fiber-based composites: Sustainable solutions for advanced applications, Prof. Raul Fangueiro, Department of Textile Engineering, University of Mihno (Portugal)

16:15 Coffee Break & Posters Session

16:30 Lectures

  • Mechanical testing to correlate drapability characteristic to performing composite materials, Dr. Davide Pico, Head of Reinforcement Fiber Division Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Sustainability at Colgate Palmolive and material characterization, Eng. Emiliano Stazi, Senior Packaging Engineer - Personal Care Goods Europe, Colgate Palmolive Europe

Zwick Academia Day 2017: Hongkong University of Science and Technology

On 26th May the winners of the Zwick Science Award received their prizes during the Zwick Academia Day 2017 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. More than seventy participants from twenty countries had submitted 100 entries, presenting the jury with a difficult task.

First prize, together with 5,000 euros in prize money and the Paul Roell Medal, went to Maria F. Partano of the University of Trento, Italy, for her nano testing machine based on MEMS technology and used for characterization of small components and materials. Progressive miniaturization and the increasing use of nano materials necessitate micro-scale characterization, as characteristic values from macroscopic tests cannot be scaled at will.

David Jocham of the Technical University of Munich received second prize for his method of biaxial determination of the yield locus of mild steel during forming.

Third prize was awarded to Zihao Quin of Tsinghua University in China for his work in the field of oscillating signals in dynamic materials testing at high speeds.


2016 Zwick Academia Day at Czech Academy of Science in Prague

On 26 April the winners of the Zwick Science Award 2015 received their awards during the seventh Zwick Academia Day, held at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague against a scientific backdrop of lectures on the subject of materials testing. 

This year’s winner of the Paul Roell medal, together with the first prize of 5,000 euros, is Enrique Alabort of the University of Oxford, one of the world’s ten leading engineering universities. In a compelling lecture he expounded the superplasticity of alloy materials, including for example the properties of polycrystalline materials, which can deform by several hundred per cent. Second prize went to Benjamin Zillmann of Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany), with a paper on the biaxial deformation of sheet metals, primarily in compression tests. Third place was occupied by Ozgur Atalay PhD of Istanbul Technical University, who highlighted possible ways of integrating sensors into textiles by means of electrically conductive fibers. The three winners were chosen out of 160 entries from 26 countries.

2015 Zwick Academia Day at ETH Zurich

For the sixth time in succession, Zwick Academia Day was the setting for the presentation of the 2014 Zwick Science Awards. An international audience gathered at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich on June 2, 2015, to celebrate the achievements of this year’s winners of the prize for the most innovative use of a materials testing machine in a scientific context.

A first prize of 5,000 euros went this year to Markus Seidl of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck. His paper describes the special features of the phase diagram of water at very low temperatures and high pressure— an aggregate state that can be brought about by the use of liquid nitrogen and a Zwick AllroundLine testing machine. The results of the research are interesting for all processes in which crystal nucleation and growth is a relevant component, ranging from areas of biology and environmental technology to food engineering and pharmaceutical engineering; for example how this knowledge can be used to extend the shelf life of medicines.

The jury, made up this year of representatives from the University of Bayreuth, the University of Bristol, and the ETH Zurich, awarded second and third places to German scientists. An additional third place went to a project from Spain. The winners also had the opportunity to present their work alongside notable professors as part of the Academia Day series of scientific lectures in front of an international audience of experts.

Photo (from left to right): Markus Seidl (1st prize), Alper Güner (3rd prize), Dr. Stefan Schmaltz (2nd prize), Dr. Rocío Muñoz Moreno (3rd prize)

2014 Zwick Academia Day at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid

On April 9, 2014, the winners of the 2013 Zwick Science Award were presented their awards at the fifth Zwick Academia Day at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. The technical framework of the event featured presentations focused on the testing of lightweight materials.

The winner of the Paul Roell Medal and first prize of 5,000 euros was Debrupa Lahiri of the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee. She completed her Master of Technology degree at IIT Kanpur and her doctorate at Florida International University. Her thesis describes the binding behavior of carbon nanotubes with a substrate. Her findings can be used in developing coating technologies for endoprostheses, so they can be better embedded in human tissue.

The second prize went to a scientist from Great Britain, and the third prize was shared by two scientists from the USA and Germany. There were a total of 119 entries for the 2013 Zwick Science Award, and the scientific lecture series of the Academia Days provided a comprehensive view of today's important scientific issues in materials testing.


2013 Zwick Academia Day at University of Manchester

On April 17, 2013, the winners of the 2012 Zwick Science Award received their awards at the fourth Zwick Academia Day, held this year at Manchester University, England. In addition to various expert presentations on the subject of materials in challenging environments, they also had the opportunity to present their own technical articles.

The winner, Michal K. Budzik, of the University of Bordeaux, examined how to determine the fracture behavior of composites using a Zwick materials testing machine. The results offer a better understanding of industrial bonding processes. Second and third prizes went to projects from Spain and Italy. A total of 72 scientists from 17 different countries took part in the Zwick Science Award.