The 2022 edition marks the last edition of the Nonwovens Innovation Academy, since it has now evolved to become the EDANA Innovation Forum, a 2-day event which will be an experience, rather than a conference including visits and inspirational activities focusing on innovation accross all nonwovens applications.
Historically, the Nonwovens Innovation Academy (NIA) brought together academics, students, scientists, engineers and industry experts.
The aim was to encourage the development of technical understanding and research to support innovation and growth in the nonwovens and related industries.
Many activities were offered throughout the conference to provide the best breeding ground for innovation, a guided tour of the hosting institute facilities, a tabletop exhibitions dedicated to the presentation of Centers of Excellence and a posters area designed by R&D students showcasing academic projects.
The organisation rotated between nonwovens centres of excellence, with an initial focus on Europe, and particular emphasis on the host’s area of expertise and current research projects.
The spirit of the Academy will be maintain at theEDANA Innovation Forum which will also give plenty of visibility to young talents, start-ups and innovative researches.
“A very interesting conference covering both fundamental research and the applicability in several applications with a strong focus on sustainability. Also very interesting for building networks between the industry and different academic parties.”
Davy Goossens, Market and Product Development Manager, Beaulieu Fibres International
“The EDANA NIA was a great experience for me. Since I have only just joined the nonwovens community, it was a great opportunity to learn about the different technologies and applications. With its familiar setting, EDANA makes networking with other nonwovens experts really easy.”
Julia Kronawitt, Advanced Scientist, Hollingsworth & Vose