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Discover the latest research and innovation in the nonwovens sector at the Nonwovens Innovation Academy (NIA)

The NIA is a 2-day event bringing together academics, students, scientists, engineers and industry experts. The aim is to encourage the sharing of knowledge, research and developments that will support the innovation and growth in the nonwovens and related industries.

Many activities are 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. 

For this edition, the NIA is hosted by the VTT Research Center

The organisation rotates 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. Any research or academic institute or university department interested, is invited to join this network.


“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


Hosted by:

VTT Research Center

Many activities are proposed throughout the conference to provide the best breeding ground for innovation: 

Guided Tour of research laboratories and center of excellence

The Nonwovens Innovation Academy is also the occasion for participants to join a guided tour of the hosting institute. For this edition, the host will be the VTT Research Center. Two visits will be organised for this edition at the VTT Research Center and at Valmet, an important supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.


Visit to the Metsä Group centre Pro Nemus (10th of May)

The VTT Research Center has arranged for NIA participants a unique opportunity to visit Metsä Group Centre Pro Nemus, a Finnish forest industry group that operates in international markets. They use the best renewable raw material in the world – northern wood – responsibly and efficiently. This visit will be organised on the 10th of May from 14.30 until 17.30. Don't miss the chance to be part of these great exploration.


Tabletops exhibition

As participant, you will be able to enjoy a tabletop area where you can interact with representatives from different European Centres of Excellence and companies from the nonwovens industry. 


Posters session by young researchers

The nonwovens posters session hold during the Nonwovens Innovation Academy allow young researchers and scientists to present their research to experts from the nonwovens industry.
For more information Student grants & Research Posters


Student grants

EDANA actively supports students that are looking to do a career in the nonwovens and related industries by providing different platforms to present their work and research to the industry. In the frame of the Nonwovens Innovation Academy, EDANA provides R&D Student grants. It covers the registration fee to the conference, two hotel nights, and agreed travel expenses.
For more information Student grants & Research Posters

Previous edition

2019 Nonwovens Innovation Academy - Over 100 pioneers gather for innovation incubator

The Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019 (NIA), held at the DITF (Deutsche Institut für Textil and Faserforschung) in Denkendorf on 16th - 17th October, demonstrated once again that the nonwovens and related industries harbours a talented and thriving research community.

Over 100 R&D and innovation managers, product developers, researchers and students from Europe to the Middle East, India and North America gathered for an intense conference programme and networking. Read more

Students and researchers participation in the research poster area

2019 Programme
2019 Company list 
2019 Research Posters

Buy 2017 presentations

To receive pictures of the event, contact Giovanna Merola

For any questions please contact
Anaëlle Schütz