Sampe Europe Students Seminar


  • Introduce students studying in the fields of Materials and Process Science or Engineering to SAMPE
  • Develop a future generation of SAMPE members
  • Create the nucleus of a future M&P network in Europe


Initiated by Rob Schliekelmann in 1986. Invite university students on the expense of SAMPE. Based on good results of European Conference in 1985. Since 1985 every year a SAMPE Europe Students Seminar is organized. Over the years more than 500 students participated.

Rob Schliekelmann



  • Offer students the opportunity to become acquainted with the work of their colleagues in other European countries.
  • The SAMPE Students Seminar held in conjunction with the SAMPE Europe International Conference is an excellent opportunity to show the students the SAMPE network.
  • The students program is organized in such a way that a coherent student group is formed during the conference week.
  • Students offer assistance in main SAMPE Europe Conference, and show posters of their work during the Conference.

Students are selected from European countries by the local SAMPE Chapters or Clubs, and increasingly by local student’s seminars.

Selection criteria

  • Excellent students in material and process science and engineering
  • MSc students in their final year (at moment of selection)
  • PhD students in the middle of their project

THE SAMPE EUROPE STUDENTS GRANT provides recipient with travel expenses, board and lodging as well as participation fee for the International SAMPE Europe Conference.


Schliekelmann Award: Best student selected to participate in University Student Symposium during CAMX Conference and Exhibition, USA. Second student selected to participate to the SAMPE University Leadership Experience during the SAMPE North America Conference and Exhibition.




The next European Students Seminar will take place September 2022. The Seminar as such is on invitation only. Posters of the presentations given by participants of the Students Seminar are shown at the Sampe Europe Conference. Students who like to attend this conference are more than welcome. See this page for the upcoming conference.



Margot Bonmatin and Felix Tischer are the proud winners of the 36th Students Seminar 2021. This annual Seminar was held at the SAMPE Europe 21 Hybrid Conference 2021 in Baden/Zürich, Switzerland. 14 selected students from 9 countries were invited and presented their thesis to an International Experts Jury.

Margot Bonmatin, Ph.D. student at ENIT, Toulouse University (France) won the 36th SAMPE Students Seminar with her presentation about “Ultrasonic welding of PAEK composites”. This study has brought to light the significant impact of welding load and welding time on the mechanical properties of the weld whereas semi-amplitude has only shown a small influence on Lap Shear Strength (LSS) values. She won with this presentation the Schliekelmann Award: Best student selected to participate in SAMPE Student Symposium during the CAMX Conference 2022 in Anaheim, California, USA.

Felix Tischer, Master Student from the Institute for Plastics Processing of the RWTH Aachen (Germany) is working on improving productivity and automation. He won with his master thesis research on the “Theoretical and Practical Investigation of Flow Processes in Injection Chambers for the Pultrusion Process with Dimensionless Numbers". The experimental investigations of this work demonstrate the transferability of the flow field defined by elementary impregnation parameters for specific impregnation parameters. His prize was the Student Leadership Award: Best MSc student selected to participate in the SAMPE Student Leadership Experience during SAMPE USA Conference 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

students seminar 21



Vera Dahmen and Xavier Sourd are the winners of the 35th Students Seminar 2020, held at Sampe Amsterdam Virtual Conference 2020.

Vera Dahmen, Master Student from Aachen (Germany) is working on improving the sustainability and the recycling of composites. She won with her master thesis research on the “Manufacturing concepts for thermoplastic FRP pressure vessels in the laser-assisted tape laying process”.

Xavier Sourd, PhD student from Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier / Institut Clément Ader, won the 35th SAMPE Students Seminar with his presentation about “Abrasive Water Jet machining of multi-material engine parts in the context of repair”.

Both presentations were very well received by the judges allowing them to see off competitors from prestigious universities in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Student seminar winners 2020




Chris Hunt (PHD) and Yannick Buser (MS) are the winners of the 34th Students Seminar 2019.

Chris Hunt, a Bristol Composites Institute PhD student, won the 34th SAMPE Students Seminar. Chris’s presentation on his research into the mechanics of WrapToR composite truss structures was very well-received by the judges, allowing him to see off six competitors from prestigious universities in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and the UK. Yannick Buser, won with his master thesis research on the in-process flow behavior of LFTs." 

Students seminar Nantes 2019



French PhD. Student Paul VAN DER SYPT has won the competition on all fronts: Poster, Attitude and above all his Presentation and has been proclaimed European Champion 2018. 

Swiss Alice LAMARO from ETH Zürich was the best Master student.



Award Winners 2017 Students Seminar Stuttgart - Germany

pHD student winner

Schliekelmann Award, PhD student winner:

Saber Chelaghma, IRT Saint Exupéry, France  

Crystallization Kinetic Modeling Of Multifunctional Thermoplastic Composites… First Step Towards Mechanical And Electrical Optimization

Master student winner

Student Leadership Award: Master student winner :

Jim Gilbert, KU Leuven, Belgium

Simulation Of Thermoset Polymer Composite Curing

Students on stage
Students on stage

2016 Liège

Schliekelmann Award:

Sarianna Palola, Tampere University of Technology, Finland An approach to modify and evaluate interfacial adhesion of aramid fiber bundles and rubber matrix

Student Leadership Award

Erik Krämer, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands Shape distortions in overmolded thermoplastic stamp formed composites


2015 Amiens

Schliekelmann Award:

Arthur Babeau, École Centrale de Nantes, France Modeling of Thermoplastic Composites Pultrusion

Mainsponsor Students Seminar

Main Sponsor Summit

SE Partners 2020/2021

Media partners