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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 Technical Research Centre of Finland. 

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
Day 1
10 May 2022
13.30 – 14.30
Bus transfer to Metsä Group Pro Nemus Visitor Centre
14.30 – 17.30
Guided tour of Metsä Group Pro Nemus Visitor Centre
17.30-18.30
Bus transfer back to hotel
Day 2
11 May 2022
8.15 – 9.15
Bus transfer from hotels and Jyväskylä train station to VTT
9.30 – 10.30
Presentation on Valmet
10.30 – 11.15
Coffee break and networking
11.15 – 12.30
Guided tour of VTT
12.30 – 13.00
Bus transfer from VTT to Scandic Laajavuori Hotel (conference hotel)
13.00 – 13.45
Lunch and networking
13.45 – 13.55
Opening and welcome address
13.55 – 14.40
KEYNOTE SPEECH: CELLULOSIC FIBRES AND SUSTAINABILITY
  • Emerging cellulose-based fibre types coming on the nonwoven and textile market
  • Need to balance the concepts of renewable raw materials and recycling
  • Cellulosic fibres show main advantages in sustainability and may initiate new generation of disposables
Prof. Ali Harlin, D.Sc. Research Professor VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
14.40-17.30
SESSION 1: MEDICAL AND MODELLING PROJECTS
14.40 – 15.05
Nonwoven fabrics for non-invasive diagnosis of wound infection
  • Experimental development of bicomponent wet-spun fibres engineered to detect specific markers of wound infection
  • Analysis of fibre structure-function relationships and quantification of infection response behaviour
  • Incorporation as a blend component in drylaid nonwoven wound dressings for rapid and non-invasive wound monitoring
Rebecca Cooper Postgraduate Researcher Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH) - University of Leeds
15.05 – 15.30
Use-cases for the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for nonwovens production with a focus on small and medium enterprises (SME)
  • Recent advances in AI and optical measurement technology give enterprises the opportunity to gather a lot of on-line process data
  • A new study of acatech shows that many SME still struggle with usage of AI, mainly because lower production output leads to a lower ROI for investments in infrastructure
  • An approach for solving the problems is to focus on a single pilot project using AI that has a high ROI and a narrow focus
  • Proven Use-Cases for AI in nonwovens production, helping SME to choose the right application for AI and getting the most out of their investments
Ruben Kins Research Associate Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University
15.30 – 15.55
Application of nonwoven fibrous matrices as substrates for thermostabilisation of adenovirus vectored vaccines
  • Cost of maintaining cold chain of vaccines and challenges associated with its logistics is concerning in low-income countries
  • A fundamental approach is introduced to thermo-stabilise vaccines using a combination of desiccated sugar solution on a nonwoven structure
  • The fibrous matrix needs to be biocompatible and suitable for clinical translation
  • Different wet-laid nonwoven matrices were investigated and one made from 100% PVA polymer was selected that showed encouraging vaccine thermostabilisation performance.
Zohreh (Robabeh) Gharaei Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of Leeds
15.55 – 16.40
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING IN THE POSTER & TABLETOP EXHIBITION AREA
16.40 – 17.05
Van Wyk’s model of the compressibility of nonwoven materials: merits, limits, and misconceptions
  • Discussion on van Wyk's classical compression model of fibrous materials
  • Van Wyk introduced the novel approaches and ideas
  • Breakdown of van Wyk’s model of compressibility for planar nonwoven materials
  • Misconception about the “inverse cube” pressure-volume relationship and modification in van Wyk’s model
Dr. Amit Rawal Professor Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
17.05 – 17.30
Prediction of nonwovens filtration performance for submicron aerosol particles using deep neural networks
  • Innovative pressure drop and filtration performance prediction of nonwovens based on machine learning methods
  • Training of the deep dense network with experimental and numerical data using various nonwovens manufactured for filtration tasks
  • Predicted pressure drop and filtration performance for the test filter media used are in line with expectations and the state of knowledge about the function of nonwovens as filters
Maximilian Kerner Scientific Researcher Institute of Particle Process Engineering | Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
17.30 – 18.00
Networking in the poster and tabletop exhibition area
18.30 – 19.00
Bus transfer to Savutuvan Apaja
19.30 – 22.00
EDANA Cocktail Party & the NIA Posters Contest Awards Ceremony
22.00 – 22.45
Bus transfer to hotels
Day 3
12 May 2022
08.30 – 09.00
Welcome coffee & networking in the poster and tabletop exhibition area
09.00 – 12.00
SESSION 2: CELLULOSIC AND OTHER BIOMATERIALS
09.00 – 09.25
Innovative plastic-free absorbent hygiene products made out of functionalized cellulose-based fibres
  • Kelheim Fibres sustainable plant-based and biodegradable cellulosic fibres
  • Designed for the use in single-use hygiene products and in reusable applications
  • Addressing the key functionalities of absorbent hygiene products
  • Performance of absorbent hygiene products at the same level as when using synthetic fibres
  • A significant contribution to a plastic-free future for absorbent hygiene products
Dr. Ingo Bernt Group Leader F&AD Kelheim Fibres
09.25 – 09.50
Reconquering the synthetic realm with biobased solutions
  • Synthetic fibres are more and more replaced in the nonwovens market by more sustainable alternatives
  • Some properties from synthetic fibres have therefore to be transferred to more sustainable cellulosic fiber types
  • Holistic view of the development of modern cellulosic specialty fibres
Dr Axel Rußler Project Manager Nonwovens and Technical Products Lenzing
09.50 – 10.15
Sustainable innovation: performance enhanced hemp and linen fibres for the global nonwoven industry
  • Supply chain oversight: from agronomics to fibre processing, quality control and reporting
  • Fibre conversion on nonwoven platforms: efficiency, potentials and metrics
  • Environmental sustainability: from field to fabric, third party certifications and life cycle analysis
Jason Finnis Chief Innovation Officer, Executive VP Bast Fibre Technologies
10.15 – 10.45
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING
10.45 – 11.10
Botanical fibres to produce carded pulp wipes
  • The so-called carded pulp processes offer potential to expand the types of fibres used beyond wood-based fibres
  • Encouraging results have been obtained with annual local plants
  • Economical, technical, and functional parameters should be factored in to select the most appropriate alternative fibres for carded pulp wipes  
Diane Raverdy-Lambert EP Chief Scientist Director Regulatory Affairs SWM International
11.10 – 11.35
Creating sustainable nonwovens with thermally processable polyvinyl alcohol; an environmentally friendly and high performance polymer
  • Aquapak technology allows high hydrolysis PVOH fibres to be processed via melt extrusion on existing machinery, without polymer modification, maintaining full polymer functionality and end of life biodegradation
  • PVOH nonwovens can be manufactured in one process step, creating a wide range of opportunities for single use/ disposable applications which can generate large

  • Aquapak PVOH offers high mechanical strength, liquid management, UV resistance and barrier properties

  • The functionality of PVOH allows traditional plastics to be replaced with a polymer that is designed for the circular economy 

     

Jack Eaton Product Manager – Nonwovens Aquapak Polymers
11.35 – 12.00
Polyhydroxyalknoates & future sustainable nonwovens
  • Review of the current progress of PHAs in fibre-based applications
  • Introducing the benefits, limitations and barriers to entry to nonwoven markets
  • Emerging PHA polymer technologies and opportunities for nonwoven products made from PHA polymers will be detailed
Dr. Ross Ward Chief Commercial Officer NIRI – Nonwovens Innovation
12.00 – 12.30
Panel discussion
12.30 – 13.45
Lunch & networking
13.45 – 15.25
SESSION 3: MANUFACTURING AND MEASURING TECHNOLOGY
13.45 – 14.10
Opportunities of foam forming in web production from recycled textile fibres and on-line binder application for nonwovens
  • Wet foam as transfer medium in the production of nonwovens from recycled fibres
  • Microfibrillated cellulose as a binder for foam formed viscose nonwoven
  • On-line foam assisted application of acrylic dispersion binder in pilot environment
Pirjo Heikkilä Senior Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Taina Kamppuri Senior Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
14.10 – 14.35
Online-control of the wear level of card clothing used in processing of high-performance fibres
  • During processing of high-performance fibres like (recycled) carbon-, glass- and aramide fibres into nonwovens an increased abrasion of the card clothing occurs
  • A digital monitoring system for control of the card clothing abrasion has been developed in order to detect the wear level
  • The presentation will focus on the development of the image analysis and results obtained on pilot plant research lines as well as three industrial lines used for processing of glass-, aramide- and recycled carbon fibres
  • The results will enable a maintenance-optimised process management in terms of 'Industry 4.0'
Dr Holger Fischer Senior Scientist Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.
14.35 – 15.00
Presentation of an intermediate technology between meltblown and spunbond processes
  • Production of fine fibre webs (meltblow-like) and coarser fibre webs as well with an additional spunbond-like set-up
  • All common polymer types processable in a high range of viscosity grade from MFI 40 up to 1200 g/10min
  • For PP fibre diameters adjustable from 1 µm to 35 µm in mean without changing the spin-beam set-up
  • Compared by 15% reduction in process energy compared to meltblown process
Tim Höhnemann Scientific Employee German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research – DITF
15.00 – 15.25
New on-line measurement technologies for nonwovens production: challenges and recent developments
  • The on-line measurement needs in the non-woven industry include material identification, product composition measurements and physical characterization needs
  • We present some examples about recent research and development results in spectroscopic and imaging on-line measurement methods for the nonwoven industry
  • The connection of these results to automation and Industry 4.0 is briefly discussed
Janne Paaso Principal Scientist VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
15.25 – 15.35
Closing words
15.35 – 16.15
Farewell drink
16.30
Bus transfer to Jyväskylä train station
Dr. Ingo Bernt
Group Leader F&AD
Kelheim Fibres
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Dr. Ingo Bernt holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, with a specialization in supramolecular chemistry, with studies in Erlangen/Germany and Valencia/Spain Ingo Bernt joined Kelheim Fibres in 2006 as a project leader in the R&D department. In this function, he led diverse projects targeting the use of viscose fibres in paper nonwoven and textile applications.

Since 2021 he holds the position of group leader of the fibre & application development.

Prior to joining Kelheim Fibres Dr. Bernt was working as product developer and live cycle manager for personal care products at Kimberly-Clark.

Dr. Bernt is author or co-author of several peer reviewed publications in the field of supramolecular chemistry and fibre applications (>20) as well as patents in the field of viscose fibres (>10).

Dr. Bernt will make a presentation on Innovative Plastic-Free Absorbent Hygiene Products made out of functionalized Cellulose-based fibres".

Rebecca Cooper
Postgraduate Researcher
Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH) - University of Leeds
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Rebecca holds BA and MSc degrees in Textiles from the University of Leeds, UK and is currently undertaking a PhD degree at the same institution. Her research focuses on the engineering of fabric structures for medical devices and healthcare, including fibre-based implantable devices and nonwovens for chronic woundcare. Her research is interdisciplinary, exploring the interface between design and textile science and technology.

Rebecca will make a presentation on "Nonwoven fabrics for non-invasive diagnosis of wound infection".

Jack Eaton
Product Manager – Nonwovens
Aquapak Polymers
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I studied Materials Science and Advanced Textiles & Performance Clothing at the University of Leeds, UK. For my master’s dissertation I studied the performance of 3-dimensional nonwoven fabrics in protective clothing. Since graduating in 2009 I have worked for a product development consultancy specialised in nonwoven fabrics, as well technical sales and business development roles before joining Aquapak in October 2020.

At Aquapak, I am responsible for the development of technical products to produce fibres and nonwoven fabrics. Working in close collaboration with customers, I develop formulations to meet specific needs and support the transfer of tested products into the required production process to produce high performance and sustainable nonwovens.

Jack will make a presentation on " Creating sustainable nonwovens with thermally processable polyvinyl alcohol; an environmentally friendly and high performance polymer"

Jason Finnis
Chief Innovation Officer, Executive VP
Bast Fibre Technologies
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Jason Finnis is a 30-year veteran of the hemp and natural fibre industries with hands-on experience in all aspects of the value chain. He has a strong background in fibre innovation and is adept at developing intellectual property that leverages the inherent qualities of bast fibres and brings performance and sustainability to the nonwoven and textile industries. Current Board member of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

Jason will make a presentation on "Sustainable Innovation: Performance Enhanced Hemp and Linen Fibres for the Global Nonwoven Industry".

Dr Holger Fischer
Senior Scientist
Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.
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Holger will make a presentation on "Online-control of the wear level of card clothing used in processing of high-performance fibres".

Dr. Holger Fischer, born 1961, Chemist, studied at University of Bremen (Diploma: 1990; PhD: 1994).

Since 1997 at Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. — FIBRE —, Bremen, DE in the area natural fibres and biopolymers (Senior Researcher).

Research topics: fibre characterisation & analytics, enzymatical fibre modification, natural fibres / recycled fibres, sustainable fibre-reinforced plastics and biocomposites.

 

Zohreh (Robabeh) Gharaei
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
University of Leeds
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Zohreh is a textile engineer by background and she received her PhD in Medical nonwovens from the University of Leeds in 2016. Since then she had several years of experience in Research and Development both in medical nonwovens at the university and also in nonwoven filtration manufacturing. She is currently working at Habasit based in the UK, as Technology Development Leader.

Zohreh will make a presentation on "Application of nonwoven fibrous matrices as substrates for thermostabilisation of adenovirus vectored vaccines"

Prof. Ali Harlin, D.Sc.
Research Professor
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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Working in the area of Bio-based materials and has previously acted as Professor at Tampere University of Technology (2002-2008) and now adjunct Professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology. He has led several large programs, targeting new, sustainable value industrial value chains for materials produced from renewable raw materials to reduce dependency on oil and the carbon footprint.

His fields are biomass-based monomers and polymers and processing, added-value side products form cellulose production, nanomaterials novel ionic liquids for cellulose, and packaging and textiles responsible on future business development. Previously he worked in industry inventing several patents e.g. Borstar technology, and involved with several start-ups, recently Infinited Fiber Company Ltd and Rester Oy. He has (co-)authored over 200 scientific publications, and lots of media presence on technology issues.

Pirjo Heikkilä
Senior Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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Pirjo Heikkilä is working as a senior scientist and project manager in Sustainable products and materials business area at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Her research activities have included topics ranging from technical fibres and textiles and applications to clothing. During the last years, Pirjo has mainly focused on textile recycling topics and novel bio-based materials.

Taina and Pirjo will make a presentation on "Opportunities of foam forming in web production from recycled textile fibres and on-line binder application for nonwovens".

Tim Höhnemann
Scientific Employee
German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research – DITF
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Tim Höhnemann is researcher in the Competence Center Melt Spinning and Nonwovens at the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) Denkendorf since 2019. He studied materials science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he finished his Masters degree in 2015 and continued with his PhD at the Institute for Polymer Materials at the FAU with focus on polymer materials, which he finished 2021.

His research area is polymer processing in general, especially fiber spinning (from melt) and melt blowing.

Mr Höhnemann will make a presentation on "Intermediate-technology between meltblown and spunbond processes".

Taina Kamppuri
Senior Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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Taina Kamppuri is working as a senior scientist in Sustainable products and materials business area at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Her research activities have included topics ranging from cellulose based textile fibres, nonwoven processing with foam forming and other technical applications for textile fibres. Recently, she has focused on development of sustainable nonwovens and circularity of textiles.

Taina and Pirjo will make a presentation on "Opportunities of foam forming in web production from recycled textile fibres and on-line binder application for nonwovens".

Maximilian Kerner
Scientific Researcher
Institute of Particle Process Engineering | Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
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Maximilian Friedrich Kerner studied energy and process engineering at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), where he received his master`s degree in 2018. He then completed his PhD at the Institute of Particle Process Engineering (MVT) at TUK, graduating in 2021. Since 2018, he has also been working as a scientific researcher at the MVT.

His research area is aerosol filtration with a focus on the application of electret nonwovens including the prediction and optimization of nonwoven filtration-related parameters.

Maximilian will make a presentation on "Prediction of nonwovens filtration performance for submicron aerosol particles using deep neural networks".

Ruben Kins
Research Associate
Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University
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2013 - 2017 : B. Sc. Mechanical Engineering RWTH Aachen

2017 - 2019 : M. Sc. Automation Engineering RWTH Aachen

Since 2020 : Researcher project manager and PhD-Student at Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University

Main topics of my work :

  • Industrie 4.0
  • Data-driven quality management
  • Digital assistance systems and condition monitoring
  • Autonomous machines

Relevant publications :

  • A Study of the Mechanical Response of Nonwovens Excited by Plate Vibration
  • Added value by linking product and process data using the example of a textile process chain
  • Data-driven root cause analysis and interpretable failure risk assessment in carded nonwoven production (Second Review Stage - Elsevier AIME)
Janne Paaso
Principal Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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Janne Paaso works as a Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Mr. Paaso did his MSc in theoretical physics and his PhD in optoelectronics and measurement technology, both in the University of Oulu, Finland. He joined VTT in 1999, and has also worked as a Visiting Scientist at Rutgers University, NJ, USA.

His research interests include measurement physics, measurement data analysis and system design of instruments using optical spectroscopy, X-ray imaging and machine vision for various application fields, including mining, paper, nonwovens and pharmaceutical industry. He has coordinated several national projects, multitude of contact research projects, and has worked as a coordinator or work package leader in several EU projects. He has published 16 peer reviewed papers, is the inventor of two international patents and is a frequent speaker in international conferences and seminars.

Janne will make a presentation on "New on-line measurement technologies for nonwovens production: challenges and recent developments".

Diane Raverdy-Lambert
EP Chief Scientist Director Regulatory Affairs
SWM International
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Diane Raverdy-Lambert has an MSc in Agricultural Engineering from UniLasalle Institut Polytechnique. She joined SWM in 1990 as a product developer and worked in several R&D and regulatory affairs positions dealing both with botanical processing and papers.

Diane is SWM Engineered Paper Chief Scientist & Director Regulatory Affairs since 2015, supporting marketing and R&D with her team to offer innovative sustainable products for different end uses ranging from food contact to cosmetic, hygiene and medical device components.

She has also been serving a global scientific non-profit organization - since 2006 - in different scientific and executive roles, including presidency of the board.

Diane will make a a presentation on "Botanical fibers to produce carded pulp wipes".

Dr. Amit Rawal
Professor
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
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Amit Rawal has obtained his Ph.D in technical textiles from The University of Bolton, UK. He also received Masters of Philosophy from The University of Manchester, UK. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers for carrying out research work in the area of nonwovens in Germany.

Recently, he has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship to initiate collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. In addition, he has received numerous awards, including Young Researcher Fellowship from prestigious M.I.T, Cambridge for exemplary research in Computational Mechanics, Fellowship of the Textile Institute, CSIR special research award, and Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD).

Currently, he is working as Professor at the Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi. He has published more than 100 publications in various journals and conferences in the field of nonwoven and braided materials. He has developed various three-dimensional (3D) analytical models for predicting geometrical, mechanical, and wetting properties of various nonwoven and allied structures.

His research interests are not only limited to structure, mechanics, and wetting behavior of textile and allied materials but also focused on the structure-property relationship of buckypapers, electrospun mats, low surface energy superhydrophobic fibrous mats, geotextiles, composites, auxetic, piezoresistive, and piezoelectric materials.

Dr Rawal will make a presentation "van Wyk’s model of the compressibility of nonwoven materials: Merits, limits, and misconceptions"

Dr Axel Rußler
Project Manager Nonwovens and Technical Products
Lenzing
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Axel Rußler studied wood science and technology at the University of Hamburg. He worked for his PhD in Hamburg and Vienna (University of Natural Resources and Live Sciences, Vienna; BOKU) on a viscose fiber related topic. After several positions in industry and academia, always related to cellulosic materials, he joined Lenzing AG in 2016. Among other topics, he is concerned with the development of new fiber types.

Dr Rußler will make a presentation on "Reconquering the synthetic realm with biobased solutions".

Dr. Ross Ward
Chief Commercial Officer
NIRI – Nonwovens Innovation
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With over 10 years’ experience within R&D business development, project management and technical consultancy, Ross is responsible for the commercial strategy at NIRI and development of the business through marketing, sales, product development and customer service activities.

Ross obtained a MSc and an EPSRC iCASE funded PhD from the University of Leeds and a BSc(Hons) in Sports Technology from Loughborough University. His PhD was focused on developing novel materials for military CBRNe protective clothing and was sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Dr. Ward will make a presentation on "Polyhydroxyalknoates & Future Sustainable Nonwovens".

Activities

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 2 guided tours at:

  • VTT, host of the NIA 2022 and one of Europe’s leading research institutions where you will have a unique opportunity to see the foam forming pilot environment where we will be running a nonwoven demonstration. You will have chance to visit VTT’s nonwovens labs and to get to know VTT’s biomaterial processing possibilities.
  • Valmet, a global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.You will get the chance to learn more about Valmet activities, then visit to paper machinery production and pilot plant called Valmet technology center.

 

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

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Practical info

How to get to Jyväskylä

All information can be found here

 

Travel to Finland with COVID-19

The Finnish government has reduced Covid restrictions which should all be removed for our conference. 

More information can be found here: https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/information-on-coronavirus/current-restrictions 

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
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2019 Research Posters

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