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NIA2015
09/11/2015

The Nonwovens Innovation Academy Bridges Research and Industry

Wide range of R&D topics and applications meet interest of over 120 delegates: "With its mix of students, researchers and representatives from the industry, this event continues to promote the understanding and knowledge of the nonwovens science and technology..."

EDANA, the leading global association and voice of the nonwovens and related industries, closed the Nonwovens Innovation Academy, which was hosted from the 5th to 6th November, 2015 by the University of Leeds (UK), one of Europe’s largest universities.

The 2015 edition of the Academy delivered a programme with contributions from both the academic world and from the nonwovens and related industries. With content that literally bridges both worlds, sessions covered new materials, emerging technologies, processing recycled carbon fibres, modelling and performance enhancement.

Starting 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, 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.

“The 2015 edition of the NIA has delivered an outstanding opportunity for individuals to meet and exchange ideas and information. Attendants were inspired by the lab tour, the many papers, the product showcase and the fashion exhibition. With its mix of students, researchers and representatives from the industry, this event continues to promote the understanding and knowledge of the nonwovens science and technology, leading to new processes and applications” said Marines Lagemaat, scientific affairs director, EDANA.

A few quotes from some of the 120 participants attending the 2-days conference:

“It is my 5th participation to the Nonwovens Innovation Academy and each time I appreciate the variety of topics presented”

“I liked the keynote, very inspirational. It definitely highlights the potential of nonwovens in the field of innovation”

“The general quality of the presentations was outstanding, and the organisation, too”

“The possibility to interact with students and researchers is a great feature of the academy”

“The modelling session was quite a challenge for me, but it did improve my understanding of nonwovens”

In addition to the papers presented in person during the Academy, 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, with awards given to Robabeh Zohreh Gharaei (Leeds University) and Tarun Kumar Agrawal (University of Lille/ENSAIT) for their outstanding presentation.

 

The pictures of the event can be found here: http://www.edana.org/photos/photos-nonwovens-innovation-academy-2015

 

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