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.
A participation certificate will be available for all attendees, confirming their conference attendance. The presentations will be considered as didactics of excellence, and will be part of the activities supported by two organizing Departments of Excellence of the University of Trento (funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, L. 232/2016).

Registration is now closed.


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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.

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  • 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
  • Biomedical use of silk


The first tentative program, will be available by May 15 in the Conference website.

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

List of confirmed invited speakers

  • Janne Johansson - Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Anna Rising - Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Subhas Kundu - University of Minho (Portugal)
  • Thomas Scheibel - Universität Bayreuth (Germany)
  • Vladimir Tsukruk - Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Martin Humenik - University Bayreuth (Germany)
  • Chanhum Park - Hallym University (South Korea)
  • Vamsi Yadavalli - Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)
  • Keiji Numata - RIKEN (Japan)
  • Russell Stewart - University of Utah (USA)
  • Christian Riekel - The European Synchrotron (France)
  • Jan Rainey - Dalhousie University (Canada)
  • Sean Blamires - University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • José Pérez-Rigueiro - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
  • Kazuharu Arakawa - Keio University (Japan)
  • I. Miguel Oliveira University of Minho (Portugal)
  • David Breslauer - Bolt Threads (USA)
  • Philipp Seib - University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • Virginia Mastellari - Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg -(Germany)
  • Massimiliano Ornaghi - Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg -(Germany)
  • Gilson Khang - Chonbuk National University (South Korea)
  • Luca Valentini - University of Perugia (Italy)
  • Hyoung-Joon Jin - Inha University (South Korea)
  • Taiyo Yoshioka - National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (Japan)
  • Ki Hoon Lee - Seoul National University (South Korea)
  • Martin Hanczyc - University of Trento (Italy)
  • Giovanna Salice - Cooperativa sociale Sociolario (Italy)
  • Zhengzhong Shao - Fudan University (China)
  • Ben Allardyce - Deakin University (Australia)
  • Tsunenori Kameda - National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (Japan)
  • Chris Holland - The University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Adriana Restrepo-Osorio - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia)
  • Rangam Rajkhowa - Deakin University (Australia)
  • David  Kaplan - TUFTS University (USA)
  • Pornanong Aramwit - Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
  • My Hedhammer - Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • Antonella Motta, University of Trento (Italy)
  • Nicola Pugno, University of Trento (Italy)
  • Andreas Teuschel, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute (Austria)
  • Nuno Neves, University of Minho (Portugal)
  • Federico Bosia, University of Turin (Italy)
  • Cedric Dicko, Lund University (Sweden)
  • Tiziana Lippiello, University of Venice (Italy)
  • Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Council of Europe


  • 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 )

Programme (PDF | 5,38 MB )


Frontiers in Silk Sciences and Technologies - Local Committee