The virtual “Winter Workshop on Manufacturing, Mechanics & Characterisation of Advanced Engineering Materials” took place on 26-29 January 2021.  Hosted by the University of Luxembourg and University of Limerick, the event included 60 participants that are aligned to the European project “Data Driven Simulation”, DRIVEN.  Contributors comprised PhD students from: Cardiff University, University of Twente, Delft University of Technology, Ecole Pigier Nancy, Hochschule Trier & Saarland University, along with industry attendees from: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Limerick) and SISTO Armaturen S.A.

The programme included analysis of new methodologies in manufacturing, mechanics and characterisation of advanced engineering materials.

The final day of the workshop featured two Ph.D. training sessions: “Technology valorization and IP training” by Sigmar Lampe, Legal Advisor for IP and Licensing, University of Luxembourg’s central office for Partnership, Knowledge & Technology Transfer (PaKTTO), and “On European grants & life after PhD” by Stefano Pozzi Mucelli, Senior Advisor, European R&D and Innovation Support, Luxinnovation.

Feedback gathered from the participants reveal that most enjoyed the interdisciplinarity, the interaction, Ph.D. student presentations and competition despite Covid19 restrictions.