Professor Ole Thybo Thomsen is a Professor of Structures and Materials and head of the Infrastructure Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Physical Sciences, University of Southampton. Previous positions: Aalborg University, Denmark, Eurpoean Space Agency, the Netherlands, the University of Delaware, USA, Technion, Israel. Prestigious appointments: Chairman, technology/production research council of the Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD) 2012‐2014 (equivalent to EPSRC); Fellow, Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (equivalent to FREng) 2007; Knighthood, Her Royal Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 2012. Authored >120 papers in Scientific journals, (h=32, >3000 citations). PI/CI for numerous research grants through national and international research Funding agencies (Denmark, EU, USA, UK – total grant income in excess of £21M), involving close collaboration with industry and international research institutions. Main research interests: design, experimental and computational characterisation of lightweight composite structures. Chaired the 20th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM20), Copenhagen 2015, with 2000 participants the largest conference ever on composites.