Dr. Tommaso Ghidini is the Head of the Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division at the European Space Agency. With world class laboratories and computational centres, the Division guarantees the structural integrity of the entire range of ESA Space programmes and missions. After obtaining a Ph. D. in structural mechanics, experimental and numerical, in Germany, and before joining ESA, Dr. Ghidini has worked for AIRBUS on all major civil and military programmes of the European aeronautical industry including the A380, A350 and A400M aircrafts. He has received a number of international awards for major aerospace industrial achievements and developments and receives invitations to lecture in some of the most prestigious European universities, and Organisations.