Riga Technical University (RTU) is one of the oldest institutions of higher engineering education in Eastern Europe. At present RTU with about 17800 students serves the needs of rapidly growing industry of the Baltic region. The Institute of Materials and Structures (IMS) has about 30 years experience in the field of modelling, analysis and optimisation of advanced composite materials and structures. In connection with it considerable experience and proven expertise in this field, IMS (RTU) extensively have participated in European research on 5th and 6th Framework Programme participating in total of 15 research projects starting from the year 1998.