The Trento Innovation Conferences on Materials Engineering (TICME) are a series of conferences focusing on the research of innovative polymers, composites and biomaterials for special applications.

The 2019 edition partners with the International Silk Conference Series to organize Frontiers in Silk Sciences and Technologies, an event which will be devoted to the research of Silk-based materials and will bring together over 80 experts in the field of silk science and industry from all around the world, in order to overcome the current challenges in the Silk field.

The intent of the International Conference is to generate a multidisciplinary discussion around the key challenges in the field and to foster collaboration with the aim to give everyone an equal platform to showcase their science.

To keep this a focused meeting and ensure active discussion, we are limiting numbers of attendees to 110 people.

The event will be held at the Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento.


Warning: hotel scam

We have been informed that some of the invited speakers have been contacted by a company called Business Travel Management pretending to confirm a hotel reservation on behalf of the Conference. Please be informed that this is a scam attempt: do not provide any personal information through that email or the links/files attached.

The Conference organizers have pre-booked rooms in some hotels but we will send you the list directly to your email once the registration process to the Conference is completed. We would also like to stress that your personal data that you insert in the registration are for our internal use only and have not been disclosed to any individual or company outside UNITN.

In case you have provided personal information to Business Travel Management you should:
- inform your bank and immediately block/deny credit card charges;
- report to the police if you have already been charged;
- change any PIN, password related to your credit card or account.


  • Protein structure and intermolecular interactions
  • Characterization in liquid and solid state
  • Self-assembling mechanism of silk and silk’s proteins
  • Standardization of processing
  • New uses for silks – e.g., optical and electronic materials
  • Spider silk properties, uses, processing
  • Recombinant silk
  • Fabrication of bio-inspired materials with superior properties.
  • Silk from genetically modified organisms

The first tentative program, will be available at the beginning of the 2019 in the Conference website.

Abstracts for poster presentation should be submitted by 31 March 2019.

List of confirmed invited speakers

  • Ana Leite Oliveira, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal)
  • Christian Riekel, The European Synchrotron (ESRF) (France)
  • Christopher Holland, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
  • Frauke Graeter, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Gilson Khang, Chonbuk National University (South Korea)
  • Hyoung-Joon Jin, Inha University (South Korea)
  • Jan Rainey, Dalhousie University (Canada)
  • Janne Johansson, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Kazuharu Arakawa, Keio University (Japan)
  • Keiji Numata, RIKEN (Japan)
  • Miguel Oliveira, University of Minho (Portugal)
  • My Hedhammar, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • Philipp Seib, University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
  • Russell Stewart, University of Utah (USA)
  • Sean Blamires, University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • Vladimir Tsukruk, Georgia Tech University (USA)
  • Yingying Zhang, Tsinghua University (China)
  • Yu Suzuki, University of Fukui (Japan)
  • David Breslauer, Bolt Threads (USA)
  • Park Chan Hum, Hallym University Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital (South Korea)
  • Anna Rising, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)
  • Zhengzhong Shao, Fudan University (China)
  • Xiao-Xia Xia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  • Taiyo Yoshioka, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (Japan)
  • Martin Hanczyc, University of Trento (Italy)
  • Tsunenori Kameda, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (Japan)


  • Antonella Motta (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento)
  • Nicola Pugno (Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento)

Local Committee

  • Luca Penasa (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento)
  • Devid Maniglio (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento)
  • Gabriele Greco (Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento)



Abstract template (DOCX | 1,82 MB )

Provisional programme (PDF | 2979 KB )


Frontiers in Silk Sciences and Technologies - Local Committee