In memoriam of Liliana Chamudis, deputy director of AIMPLAS for more than 20 years

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This first fortnight of May has gone with terrible news that we could not believe despite repeating it repeatedly in our heads, even though it was being put in writing: Liliana has passed away suddenly.

And we could not believe it because it was unexpected, because even though Liliana had decided to retire, she was in our daily lives: “ask Liliana”, “Liliana surely has some contact there”, “it seems to me that Liliana visited them?”.

But yes, our dear colleague and friend passed away suddenly on 14 May.

Liliana Chamudis started her career at AIMPLAS in 1992. As a graduate in Chemistry, she brought with her a previous background developed in Argentina in the thermoset materials industry, which she took advantage of to join our Chemical Laboratory and, in a very short time, she began her extensive professional career that culminated as deputy director of AIMPLAS, in charge of the Projects Area, a position she held for more than 20 years.

Her professional value, her special dedication and her personal determination to open AIMPLAS to the international level were the keys to where we are today. Liliana’s work during the different framework programmes, from our first European project when we were barely 50 people working at AIMPLAS, allowed us to extend our influence as a technology centre throughout Europe, while at the same time strengthening our role on a national and regional level.

A tireless traveller, Liliana stood out as a representative of AIMPLAS in national and international forums, always promoting collaborations and partnerships between different research organisations and associations, in the conviction that positive synergies are the most direct way to achieve valuable results in the field of R&D&I.

Nanofuture, Materplat (Spanish Technological Platform for Advanced Materials), SusChem Europe (European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry), SAMPE Europe (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering), EuPC (European Plastics Converters), EARTO (European Association of Research & Technology Organizations), CPA (Circular Plastic Alliance) or EFE (Flexible Packaging Spain) are some of the forums where it has actively participated. And with the conviction of the usefulness of stable collaboration networks, she played a leading role in the creation of the ECP4 platform (European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform) of which AIMPLAS was a founder and Liliana vice-president until 2020.

We would like to thank all the expressions of affection that we have received since Liliana’s loss and we would like to pass them on to her family and friends, together with the heartfelt condolences of the entire AIMPLAS team.

We say goodbye to Liliana, but not completely because we have her legacy and her memory.

8 responses to “In memoriam of Liliana Chamudis, deputy director of AIMPLAS for more than 20 years”

  1. Hristin Nikolov says:

    My sincere condolences!

    Liliana was a great person!


  2. Ardi Dortmans says:

    We are very sorry to hear this sad news. TNO has always enjoyed the enthusiasm of Liliana for plastics and AIMPLAS, we highly appreciate all efforts she put into the collaboration with us and other European partners over many years. Condolences to all AIMPLAS friends and her family from TNO Utrecht, Eindhoven and Delft

  3. christoph kirchner says:

    Dear Aimplas Team,
    I am really shocked by this news.
    With much pleasure I remember some meetings I had with Liliana: a lot of FPE-meetings and invitations I got from her to some european fares, where she always found time to explain to me, what she was working on with her team at Aimplas.
    I will always remember her as a very open, friendly, engaged and competent person.


    Dear Aimplas team
    i had the pleasure to meet her in several meetings and projects. a very passionate with her work and friendly person. Please pass my condolences to her family and friends, from Athens Greece.

  5. Thomas Dr. Böhmel says:

    Dear Aimplas Team,

    I`m very sad to hear this news. She was a good colleague and over the many years like a friend and it was a pleasure to meet her twice a year and also to learn and share with her great experience. I will keep her very well in mind. My condolences to Aimplas team and her family.

  6. Thomas Dr. Böhmel says:

    Dear Aimplas team,

    I was very sad to here this news. She was always a good colleague and over the years like a friend. It was a pleasure to meet her twice a year in differet places and to share and participate from her great experiences. My condolences to Aimplas and her family.

  7. Andrea Cassinari says:

    Dear AIMPLAS,

    I had the chance to know Liliana in different places around EU dealing with science in packaging, among them, several times attending FPE Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Committee meetings. She was really part of our team and network, supporting projects and motivating in a positive way, even when facing difficulties and challenging issues.

    RIP Liliana, I will take with me your good manner and smile.
    Condolences for her family and AIMPLAS team from Milano – Italy

  8. Ferrie van Hattum says:

    Dear AIMPLAS friends,

    I am sad and heart-broken to learn of the sudden passing away of Liliana….

    Throughout all these years I have come to know Liliana a true professional, a driven person but above of all as a very warm and genuinely interested colleague and friend.

    It is with strong and warm memories I look back on all the occassions I shared with Liliana having great fun during meetings, conferences or other occasions.

    My thoughts go out to Liliana’s family, friends and all colleagues at AIMPLAS: Liliana will be truly missed by many….

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