Leif Asp new president in ICCM

Leif Asp was elected on 23 August as new president of the International Committee on Composite Materials (ICCM), which is the largest organization in the world for information and experience sharing in composite materials.

​Leif Asp is Professor in Lightweight composite materials and structures at the division of Materials and Computational Mechanics at the Department of Industrial and Materials Sciences. He has previously chaired the European counterpart called European Society for Composite Materials and been Vice President of the ICCM.

- Congratulations Leif! Could you please tell us something about ICCM and your new assignment?

Thank you, it feels amazingly fun and honorable. ICCM is an international worldwide organization in the technical and scientific community that deals with composite materials. The mission is to create a forum and work for the exchange of information in all aspects of composite materials and structures that may be of interest to science. At the same time, we want to pay attention to individual achievements in the subject. Every second year, a major conference is held, the International Conferences on Composite Materials, where scientists from all over the world meet. As chairman, I have a great responsibility to communicate internationally with all of our talented researchers and ensure that the conference is organized in the best possible way. Besides this, of course, I will also do my best to manage the world-leading position that ICCM holds today.

- What are you hoping to achieve in your role as president?

- I will work to further strengthen the relations and participation from the industry in ICCM's network. It is very important that there is a good connection and interaction between academia and industry. I also would like us to be better at paying attention to people who are early or in the middle of their career. In this case we are going to establish a prize for younger researchers and engineers who have made impact in the area of composites. Gender balance and diversity are also issues that I can see that we need to deal with.

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Text and photo: Marcus Folino

Published: Thu 31 Aug 2017. Modified: Tue 24 Oct 2017