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-Gesellschaft. 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. 

Prof Emily Hilder

Prof Emily Hilder

Synthesis and functionalisation of nanostructured porous polymer materials for analytical applications
Professor Emily Hilder is the Director of the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute (FII). The mission of FII is to creation of new industries through collaboration, to transform the industries of today by supporting them to embrace emerging technological disruptions to create the industries of tomorrow.
She works to connect FII’s world-class research with industry and end-users across FII’s four strands: minerals and resources engineering, energy and advanced manufacturing, environmental science and engineering, and biomaterials engineering and nanomedicine.
Prof Hilder’s personal passion for research has always been inspired by the need to solve real world issues. At FII she is focussed on interdisciplinary and collaborative research, embedding an entrepreneurial research culture and supporting greater engagement with industry.
She was included in The Analytical Scientist’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ Power List in 2014 and as one of the top 10 Leaders in Analytical Science in 2017 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Prof Hilder is an analytical chemist and her own research focuses on the design and application of new polymeric materials that can be used to improve analytical measurements including the application of these new technologies for separations, bio-analysis and disease diagnosis.

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.