EDANA - The voice of nonwovens

Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2017

25 - 26 October 2017 - Chemnitz, Germany
The Nonwovens Innovation Academy (NIA) brings together an interdisciplinary group of academics, students, researchers, scientists and engineers and aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research results to encourage the development of technical understanding and knowledge that will help to support the growth of the nonwovens industry in the future.

EDANA invites academics, researchers and industry experts to submit their papers for consideration for presentation at the conference.

To apply, submit your abstract to giovanna.merola@edana.org by the 10th May 2017. Abstracts and presentations must be in English. To submit your paper abstract or proposed poster, please use the template (in the right column under "Related documents")

Topics include:

General innovations in:
- Raw materials or components that are of special relevance to the nonwovens industry
- Finished products made of, or incorporating nonwovens
- Processing recycled carbon fibres
- Sustainable nonwoven products or processes

Specific innovations in:
- Cradle-to-Cradle in nonwoven
- Nonwoven-based lightweight structures in different applications

Since 2006, and the kick-off edition in Roubaix, France, the Nonwovens Academy has brought together around 650 delegates from a large number of academic, research and testing institutes from 4 continents as well as industrial companies. 

For the next edition, the Nonwovens Innovation Academy will be held at the STFI institute, Research Testing Transfer Certification, on October 2017 in Chenmitz, Germany (www.stfi.de). More information will be published soon! 

The conference has rotated so far between French, German, Swedish and UK centres who had the opportunity of hosting the conference and showing their capabilities in the field of the nonwovens research and innovation. Any research or academic institute or university department interested, is invited to join this network. 

Dr. Bryan Haynes as keynote speaker

The Academy’s presentations began with a keynote speech: ‘From incremental to breakthrough innovation – moving nonwovens innovation forward’, by Dr Bryan Haynes, Director of Global Nonwovens Research & Engineering from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

With contributions from both the academic world and from the nonwovens and related industries. The topics were:

  • New materials
  • Emerging technologies
  • Processing recycled carbon fibres
  • Modelling
  • Performance enhancement

Visit of the Nonwovens Research Group facilities
The conference started with a visit of the Nonwovens Research Group’s facilities at the University of Leeds, one of Europe’s largest academic groups specialising in nonwovens science and technology.

A posters session
Delegates had the opportunity to visit a poster session showcasing academic projects and studies, and network during the breaks with their authors. The authors (students and researchers from a number of centres of excellence) have been selected to present their latest work within the broad range of topics pertaining to the scope of the Academy.  

Awards were given to: 

- Tarun Kumar Agrawal (University of Lille/ENSAIT): "Intelligent Nonwoven Carpet for Human Footstep Tracking"
- Robabeh Zohreh Gharaei (Leeds University)

The winners were invited to present a paper to the EDANA's International Nonwovens Symposium in Warsaw, which took place on 1 -2 June 2016. EDANA also covered the cost of travel, accommodation and registration. 

The Nonwovens Innovation Academy offered many formal and informal opportunities to network with speakers and professionals, including an evening cocktail and a nonwovens art and fashion showcase. 

The NIA 2013 featured a Poster Session, which gave the students the opportunity to show their study/research.

Discover all the posters presented during the NIA13 Research & Innovation Poster Session.

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