Seminar  /  September 11, 2023  -  September 12, 2023

Composite Repair Seminar & Experts Forum 2023

Further to the success of a similar event organized three years ago in Paris (GMI AERO - YouTube), a new 2 days Composite Repair Seminar & Experts Forum  will be organized in Bremen, by the reknown Fraunhofer IFAM and GMI Aero, the lead European composite repair equipment manufacturer.

The Seminar will be presenting the recent innovations and research results, as derived from the academic community, while providing practical application examples and demonstration with possibilities of hands-on experience to its participants in a 2-days course. It mainly targets composite repair engineers and technicians (working either in engineering, technical or training departments) of airlines and MROs, as well as PhD candidates and postgraduate students, with R&D interests in bonded composite repairs and potential employment outlook in the aeronautical industry.

During the Seminar, experienced industrial personnel, together with academic experts, will provide an insight of recent R&D developments and critical issues in the field of bonded composite repair, ensuring that seminar participants acquire a full “process understanding” and learn “innovative solutions”, to support reliable application of repairs, even on Class I (safety critical) structures. 




Day 1: Monday, September 11th, 2023

Session 1: The Future of Repairs in All–Composite Aircraft

Time Subject/Topic Speaker/Presenter Affiliation
11:00-12:00 Registration    


Equipment Demo - Networking

13:00-13:30 Official Welcome Prof. Bernd Mayer / Dr. Hubertus Lohner

Representative Fraunhofer IFAM and Airbus/ECOMAT

13:30-14:15 Digitalization of Aircraft Maintenance – Driving Composite Repairs in the Industry 4.0 era Dr. George Kanterakis

Research & Innovation

GMI Aero


Virtual Testing of Composite Bonded Joints/Repairs - The Effects of Ageing and Pre-Bond Contamination

Prof. Konstantinos Tserpes

As. Professor, LTSM

University of Patras

15:00-15:15 Discussion with experts Panel Discussion  

Coffee Break

Equipment Demo - Networking


Structural Health Monitoring for Bonded Composite Repairs

Dr. Aggelos Christopoulos

Research & Innovation

GMI Aero


Key Note Speech

Component / Composite Repair Ecosystem at Airbus


HO European Repair Station

Airbus Operations GmbH

17:15-17:30 Discussion with experts Panel Discussion  

End of Day 1 of the Seminar

20:00 Official Seminar’s Dinner Hosting All CRS&EF Participants


Day 2: Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

Session 2: Certification–Standardization–Training and Research Activities

Time Subject/Topic Speaker/Presenter Affiliation
9:00-9:15 Repair technologies @ Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE Dr. Simon Kothe

Head of Central Office AVIATION


9:15-9:45 Quality assurance for bonded aircraft structures Mrs. Mareike Schlag

Team leader "In-process quality assurance"

Fraunhofer IFAM

9:45-10:15 Thermal Transfer Issues Advanced Composite Repair Case studies Mr. Konstantinos Kitsianos

Research & Innovation

GMI Aero


Key Note Speech

CACRC mission focusing on training issues

Mr. Andreas Meyer

Chief Instructor for Composites

LHT Training

10:45-11:00 Discussion with experts Panel Discussion  

Coffee Break

Equipment Demo - Networking

11:30-12:00 Use of lasers for machining & surface preparation of bonded repairs Mr. Dittmar Hagen


Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

12:00-12:30 GENEX EU R&D Project Presentation  Dr. George Kanterakis

Research & Innovation

GMI Aero


Key Note Speech

Aircraft Composite Repairs from an Aviation / MRO point of view

Mr. Tobias Adugna

Senior Composite Technology Expert

Lufthansa Technik AG


13:15-13:30 Discussion with experts Panel Discussion  


Equipment Demo - Networking



Day 2: Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

Closing of workshop and visit of Airbus facilities

Time Subject/Topic Speaker/Presenter Affiliation
14:00-14:15 Closing Remarks

Mr. Kai Brune

Dr. George Kanterakis


14:15-16:30 Visit at Airbus repair shop Airbus  

Return to Bremen Airport/ECOMAT at about 16:30 by bus