Centexbel: International Composite Conference - Save the date

On 2 and 3 October 2018, Centexbel organises an international conference on Composites in Liège (Belgium). During the conference, the EU Horizon 2020 project BIO4Self, dedicated to the development of bio-based composites with unprecedented stiffness, will be amply presented during a half-day meeting. The call for lectures, programme and all practical details will soon be available on the Centexbel website agenda


ITA RWTH-Aachen: ITA student Kira Heins receives “Fibers – our Future” Young Talent Award 

On September 22, Prof. Dr. Kai Klopp, chairman of the sponsorship society for the promotion of the ITA, bestowed the “Fibers – our Future” Young Talent Award upon ITA student Kira Heins.
The prize, jointly funded with the Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), is awarded for the best ITA graduation thesis within biobased materials.
In her bachelor thesis Ms Heins researched the antibacterial properties of chemically altered biopolymers. Using the electric spinning process, wound pads are produced by coating its fabric with nano-fibres.

The AMIBM aims to promote excellent applied and transnational research by improving synergies between industry and academia. The cross-border research institute was founded jointly by Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen University.


UIT: Théophile Legrand International Textile Award - Call for applicants 2018 

In its ninth year, the International Théophile Legrand Textile Innovation Awards are being awarded under the auspices of the Fondation de France and coordinated by the Union des Industries Textiles (UIT), the union of textile industries, the employers' association representing the diversity of French textile branches and regions. In 2018, two prizes of € 8,000 and € 7,000 will be presented to those textile projects considered to be the most innovative.
Candidates must be from a textile engineering school or from a university . To qualify, the project should not yet have been commercialized. Candidates have until January 26, 2018 at midnight to submit their applications. Find all application information at


DITF: Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference, Stuttgart, Germany

30-Nov-2017 - 1-Dec-2017 in Stuttgart
This event is one of the most important textile conferences in Europe. With lecturers from science and industry, it addresses specialists in the areas of materials, chemistry, finishing, and functionalization of machines, processes, and composites. Since 2016, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) have acted as co-organizers.
Major topics in three parallel sessions will be:

  • Development and production of high performance fibers and yarns
  • Development and production of 3D system-integrated fiber compounds for automotive, construction and architecture
  • Medical textiles / Medical technologies
  • Transfer Session ”From Idea to Practice“

Check the programme here
Register online here  


ITA-RWTH Aachen: Paul Schlack Prize and Paul Schlack-Honorary Prize were awarded to ITA post-docs and ITA project leader 


On September 13, 2017, two ITA post-docs - Dr Gisa Wortberg and Dr Andreas De Palmenaer - received the prestigious Paul Schlack Man-made Fibers Prize.

Dr Wortberg and Dr De Palmenaer have worked on the development of polyethylene-based carbon fibres as part of their doctorate at the ITA. Within the framework of their dissertations, it was possible to reduce the cost of carbon fibres drastically, which goes far beyond existing research efforts.

Apart from that, the ITA project leader Dr Markus Beckers was awarded with the Paul Schlack-Honorary Prize 2017 for the project “Development and analysis of a new manufacturing process for polymer optical fibres (POF)”.

Read more information here or here