Plenary Speakers


2020 Plenary Speakers

Dr.-Ing. Filofteia-Laura Toma

Dr.-Ing. Filofteia-Laura Toma

Advanced Processes and Surface Technologies for Development of High-Performance Coating Solutions: from Thin to Thick

Filofteia-Laura Toma received 1999 her Diploma Degree “Chemistry and Physics”, and 2001 her Master Degree “Physics and Chemistry of Materials” at the University of Pitesti (Romania). December 2004, she obtained her PhD Degree on the development of photocatalytic active titanium oxide coatings for environmental applications at the University of Technology Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) in Belfort (France). 2006 she was awarded a distinguished fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) in Dresden. 2014-2017 she was Group Manager of the Thermal Spray and currently senior scientist at Fraunhofer IWS. 2016 she was awarded Talenta Excelence Fellowship from Fraunhofer Gesselschaft. Her activities are development of protective ceramic and hardmetal coatings by various thermal surface technologies and their industrial applications. Since 2013 she is Co-Editor of ITSC Proceedings and invited Co-Editor for Special Issues of Journal of Thermal Spray Technology.

Professor Margaret Hyland

Professor Margaret Hyland

Trends in Research Funding: Challenges and Opportunities for Materials Science and Engineering
Margaret Hyland is Vice-Provost (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington.She has responsibility for developing and implementing strategies and processes to achieve the University’s strategic research objectives.
Originally from Canada, Margaret holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario and has spent her research career specialising in aluminium technology, and the chemistry and engineering of material surfaces. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.She was the first woman awarded the prestigious Pickering Medal for excellence in technology by the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2015 and the first woman to chair the Metals Minerals and Materials Society’s Aluminium Committee.
Margaret has held many senior research leadership roles at national, university and faculty levels. She has also led large research collaborations and has as an impressive track record in external research funding, having secured NZ$39.1 million over the last 11 years.
In 2017, Margaret was seconded to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in the role of Chief Scientist.She provided science leadership to the Ministry and worked across science policy and investments on the development and implementation national research, science and innovation strategies.