Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university as well as a renowned European institution. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding in its research activity together with its training of highly-qualified professionals, competitive at an international level. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in 203 Research Groups, 19 Research Centers or Institutes and 55 Laboratories, all of them committed to transform the knowledge generated into innovation advances applied to the production sector. UPM is placed among the Spanish universities with the greatest research activity and first in the capture of external resources in a competitive regime. 

The School of Aeronautical and Space Engineering (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio, ETSIAE) is part of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, one of the most prestigious universities of the technological field in Europe. ETSIAE is member of PEGASUS, the European network of excellence including the best schools of aeronautical and space engineering. It is also part of two international networks: ECATA, a European consortium joining six aerospace companies and seven academic institutions, and the ‘Belt and Road’ Aerospace Innovation Alliance (BRAIA) promoted by Northwestern Polytechnical University from China, which has more than 40 members, including universities, research institutes and academic organisations from China, America, Russia, France, Belgium, Italy, Ukraine, Egypt or Algeria and, Spain, following ETSIAE entry. ETSIAE is a reference centre both at national and international levels in the field of education, research, innovation and technological development in the space engineering. Good proof of this is the number of students enroled, exceeding more than 3,500, and an increasing demand, the 250 teachers forming the teaching and research faculty who take part both in cutting-edge research projects and as well as in educational innovation projects, different mobility agreements with top foreign universities and agreements with companies and institutions of the field to undertake internships.


Founded in 1780, Arts et Métiers is a higher education engineering school in France. It is a prestigious and selective French Grande Ecole, underthe authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. 8 Education and Research Campuses, 3 Institutes across France and 15 research laboratories allow to research and to teach in five strategic fields: Future of manufacturing, Mobility, Energy, HealthTechnology, Construction. At Arts et Métiers, the shared goals of research and industry come together to promote the emergence of new ideas in response to rapid technological changes. Furthermore, Arts et Métiers has been involved in several European Projects, as as both partner and coordinator. The Process and Engineering in Mechanics and Materials laboratory (PIMM ‐ http://pimm.ensam.eu) brings together a wide range of specialists from mechanics of materials and structures to polymer chemistry, from innovating forming processes to advanced methods for numerical simulation of multiphysics and multiscale problems. PIMM lab aims to predict properties of materials and structures induced by forming processes by dealing with microstructural modifications.

National University of Galway

Established in 1845, the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) is the leading higher education and research organisation in the West of Ireland. Student population of over 19,000 and over 1,000 studying at MSc/PhD levels. NUI Galway is a research-led university and is currently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS world rankings 2019). Over the past 10 years the university has invested over €400M in its research and teaching infrastructures. The 2017 University income exceeded €270M, with over €64M from externally funded research. So far, NUIG been awarded 130+ Horizon 2020 projects, with in excess of €60M in direct EC funding.Highest success rate of Irish universities at 18% (total EC funding exceeds €330M). NUIG is currently coordinating 17 MSCA-IF, 7 MSCA-ITNs, 1 MSCA-COFUND, and 3 MSCA-RISE projects.

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule

The RWTH Aachen University is the largest technical university in Germany with 45,256 students enrolled in 157 degree programs. >7,000 students and >900 doctoral students graduate annually from RWTH. The number of foreign students (10,455 students from 125 countries) and RWTH´s great international network (of formalized cooperations) with over 100 universities worldwide highlight the university’s strong international reputation. The university’s annual budget amounts to approx. 948M€, with about 360M€ covered by external funding. The RWTH is composed of 260 institutes in 9 faculties. It offers 36 graduate programs among which are nine so‐called Research Training Groups funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The RWTH is one of 11 German Universities of Excellence and receives additional funding for one graduate school and two clusters of excellence from the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the DFG. As part of RWTH’s Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Institute of Applied Mechanics has long‐ term expertise, e.g., in the modeling and simulation of nonlinear, inelastic material behavior across several scales, in the efficient numerical simulation of practically relevant problems as well as in finite element technology and model order reduction techniques. In particular, also Data‐driven Mechanics is one of the main topics the institute is working on intensively.

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Georgia Tech‐Lorraine was established in 1990 in Metz, France. It is an affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and incorporated under the French law as a non‐profit organization. GTL also has a joint research program and laboratory with the French National Centre for Scientific Research.  The highly innovative Lorraine campus offers programs that create synergies between academics, research, and innovation. Georgia Tech‐Lorraine offers Master’s and PhD programs in the areas of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students graduate with a degree from highly‐ranked Georgia Tech.

Engineering System International (ESI);

ESI boasts a unique know‐how in Virtual Product Engineering, based on an integrated suite of coherent, industry‐oriented applications. Addressing manufacturing industries, Virtual Product Engineering aims to replace physical prototypes by realistically simulating a product’s behaviour during testing, to fine‐tune fabrication and assembly processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the impact on product use under normal or accidental conditions. ESI’s solutions fit into a single collaborative and open environment for End‐to‐End Virtual Prototyping. These solutions are delivered using the latest technologies, including immersive Virtual Reality, to bring products to life in 3D; helping customers make the right decisions throughout product development. The company employs about 1000 high‐level specialists worldwide covering more than 40 countries. ESI group develops simulation codes in different areas of the engineering has a recognized expertise in (i) industrial needs in the area of modelling and simulation; (ii) elaboration of multi‐physic coupled solutions by combining different existing solvers; (iii) state of the art and recent numerical techniques for solving a variety of problems concerning most of physics involved in engineering applications; and (iv) the implementation of research developments in efficient simulation codes.


OxMet is a young start-up company spun from the University of Oxford in 2017. The two main goals of the company are to develop new alloys for additive manufacturing (AM) based on computational models, and to exploit the advantages of these new alloys into optimised components for aerospace, biomedical and automotive sectors. The company has currently 23 employees and has capabilities to print in both superalloys and titanium alloys. The company workforce is composed of 7 PhDs level project managers and researchers, 8 engineers and 6 admin and management staff. OxMet has been a finalist for the TCT Materials Award – Non-polymers in 2019. OxMet has active projects with more than 15 companies around the world for high performance components. OxMet alloy development and AM design is strongly supported on strong research with a nutritious network of world leading universities and research centres (University of Oxford, Birmingham University, and Technical University of Madrid) with more than £500k invested in R&D since creation. Among the different active industrial projects, those standing out: lattice development for biomedical implants (Meshworks project), functional lattices for efficient heat exchangers or AM process development for extreme lattices.


INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology) is a public research institution from the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) and created in 1942. Since its beginnings, INTA cooperated within aerospace and participated with NASA since 1958. INTA is responsible for performing scientific research activities and prototypes in its field of knowledge, as well as for providing technological services to companies in the industry, universities and other institutions. INTA specializes dually in technological research and development in aerospace, aeronautics, and hydrodynamics, and in security and defence technologies. INTA has participated in the EC Framework Program (FP) since its beginning and has progressively increased its participation along these years. Up to date, 28 projects with INTA participation have been funded by H2020 including Clean Sky. 2 of these projects are leaded by INTA: AVIATOR, and CIDAR. INTA is a member of different research groups in Europe such as GARTEUR (Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in EURrope) and EREA (association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics), and has participated in different research projects promoted by ESA (European Space Agency) and EDA (European Defence Agency). Furthermore, INTA has representatives in Europe such as Seconded National Experts in the European Union Agency for Maritime Safety (EMSA) and in ESA. Long-time experience has been gained in multiple projects as direct partner or as a sub-contractor from ESA, Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and other European institutions and companies. INTA collaborates on a regular basis with UPM


XEV is an innovative startup that combines additive manufacturing and smart urban mobility. Our mission is to reduce the waste of materials, time and money created by traditional manufacturing. XEV has developed industrial 3D printing technologies and processes for automotive mass production. We use 3D printing to give our customers an ultimate user experience through fast product development, customization and flexibility of design. 3D printing eliminates the need for model specific tooling and allows virtually limitless personalization. Our new tooling-less manufacturing process reduces cost and development time by up to 90 percent. XEV urban electric vehicles combine a flexible modular chassis, beautifully designed 3D printed interior and exterior panels together with a comfortable, easy to use driving experience. The style of the vehicle can be updated and changed easily for a cost of an iPhone upgrade. The goal of XEV is to capitalize on the benefits of Industry 4.0 in order to reach Zero manufacturing waste, Zero cost of customization, maximize the use of Smart Data and provide ultimate customer experience.

The consortium also involves the following partners (receiving seconded ESRs and giving training)

Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is a top‐ranked public college and one of the leading research universities in the USA. All of Georgia Tech’s graduate engineering programs rank in the top 10 (U.S. News & World Report). The Georgia Tech College of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering degrees awarded to women and underrepresented minority students according to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and Diverse.

University of florida

The University of Florida is a major public research university. UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities. Rankings like second among Forbes «Best Value Public Colleges» (2016) and second in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2015) are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is also well-known for fostering innovation and commercialization. UF is one of fewer than ten universities to be designated as a comprehensive campus having 16 colleges all headquartered and predominantly housed on its main campus in Gainesville. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at UF houses one of the largest and most dynamic engineering programs in the nation. Curricula are offered across nine departments, 15 degree programs, and more than 20 centers and institutes