Conference Topics 2022

In 20 plenary and keynote lectures as well as three parallel thematic sessions with a total of 36 'contributed talks', ADD-ITC 2022 will address key challenges of the textile future.

Here we offer a foretaste of the conference program 2022. The detailed program will be published here at the beginning of September.


Plenary Sessions

  • Giuseppe Gherzi, Gherzi Textil Organisation: European textile industry – Quo vadis?
  • Dieter Gerten, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung: Planetary Boundaries: Earth’s alarming environmental status
  • Ali Harlin, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: Development of textile recycling platform - solving conceptual and technical challenges
  • Patrick Glöckner, Evonik Operations GmbH: Specialties to enable sustainable plastic applications
  • Pauline van Dongen, Design: Textiles and wellbeing in everyday life
  • Susanne Nejderås, University of Borås: The Smart Textiles Institute, Sweden – a driving force for circular textile innovation
  • Carlo Centonze, HeiQ: HeiQ Plc: An example of a lean, agile & resilient global SME business model, enabling a steady stream of disruptive innovation in textiles and materials.

Parallel Session 'Sustainable Textiles' (December 1 & 2)

  • Lutz Walter, ETP - The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing: EU Textile Strategy - from Policy Vision to Industrial Practice (Keynote)
  • Geza Szilvay, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: Growing fungal mycelium for non-woven fabrics (Keynote)
  • Ellinor Niit, imogo AB: How to increase sustainability and flexibility in the textile processing by using innovative new spray technology (Keynote)
  • Anna Palmberg, IKEA of Sweden AB (Keynote)
  • Pirjo Heikkilä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: Technology review of textile recycling
  • Natalia Moreira, Aalto University, Helsinki: Business adaptability in the textile Circular Economy new frontier: a New Cotton Project case study
  • Anna Peterson, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden: Chemical recycling of synthetic textile blends
  • Thorsten Bache, Bache GmbH: Hemp knit / HanfKnit - Development of a regionally produced, sustainable zero-waste functional cardigan made of 100% hemp
  • Regina Malgueiro, CeNTItvc, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal: Development of bio-based functional coatings for the functionalization of textiles
  • Maria Restrepo, AVT.CVT RWTH Aachen University: Biofunctional polyelectrolyte complex fiber with controlled morphology using a water-based spinning process
  • Nazanin Ansari, Schoeller Textil AG: A study to quantify the water, time and energy/CO2 emission savings in PES dyeing by using Ecodye auxiliaries
  • Evgueni Tarkhanov, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Potsdam: Development of scPLA multifilament yarns for reinforcement of monomaterial composites
  • Karsten Pelz, Nomaco GmbH & Co. KG: CarboDesize: Inductive desizing of carbon fibers for homogenization of sizing systems for economic recycling

Parallel Session 'Future of Textile Production' (December 1 & 2)

  • Frank Thomas Piller, Institut für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement, RWTH Aachen: Leadership in the Age of Hybrid Intelligence (Keynote)
  • Verena Thies, Thies GmbH & Co. KG: Transforming textile processing from various directions- holistic concepts for a more climate-positive future (Keynote)
  • Johannes Diebel, Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V. & Robert Peters, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Keynote)
  • Rebecca Tauer, WWF: Environmental footprint of textile sector along its value chain (Keynote)
  • Alexander Ferrein, MASKOR Mobile Autonome Systeme und Kognitve Robotik, Fachhochschule Aachen: Holistic AI development for the textile industry of the future
  • Thomas Froese, atlan-tec Systems GmbH, Mönchengladbach: Standardized AI methodology improves profitability and sustainability of nonwoven production processes
  • Michael Schiffmann, update texware GmbH: IT 4.0: Vision and Reality in the Textile Industry. How to successfully implement digitization projects in practice
  • Ralf Müller, Trützschler Group SE: My Mill – The digital All-in-One Platform
  • Jörg Kroschinski, Siemens AG: Condition Monitoring forecast the Failour when time for a effective respond
  • Franz Schütte, Penn Textile Solutions GmbH: Towards Data-driven Setup of the Textile Finishing Process
  • Martin Schulze, Fraunhofer IKTS: Eddy current inline inspection of multiaxial carbon fiber plys
  • Rolf Heimann, HessNatur Stiftung
  • Guy Verrue, European Floor Coverings Association: Circular Sustainable Floor Coverings
  • Claudia Lüling, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences: 6dTEX - Lightweight building components made of 3D textiles

Parallelsession 'Textiles for Medicine and Health ' (December 2)

  • Andreas Blaeser, TU Darmstadt: Fiber-reinforced hydrogels and hybrid 3D-bioprinting for load-bearing TE-applications (Keynote)
  • Hongshi Wang, FEG Textiltechnik: In-vivo Degradation von chirurgischen Netzimplantaten aus Polypropylen
  • Gottfried Betz, Strick Zella GmbH & Co.KG: Knitted e-textiles for Innovative Prevention and Therapy Systems
  • Robert Näger, Institute of Embedded Systems, Zurich University of Applied Sciences: Energy self-sufficient Body Sensor integrated in a Shirt

Parallelsession 'Textiles - Past & Future' (Dezember 2)

  • Stefanie Seeberg, Universität zu Köln und GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig: New Materials and technical innovations as propulsive power in the History of Textiles (Keynote)
  • Hartmut Kutzke, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo: TexRec – a project on studying and virtually reconstructing the Viking-age Oseberg tapestries
  • Johanna Banck-Burgess, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart: The Stone Age routine of knowledge (Keynote)
  • Alessandro Canepa, Fratelli Piacenza S.p.A.: Empower Circular Economy by Blockchain data traceability – TRICK EU initiative
  • Oliver Rippel, Institute of Imaging & Computer Vision, RWTH Aachen University: AI-based Identification of Animal Fibers


Further sessions and program items:

In the IGF-ZIM transfer event 'From idea to practice', experts from industry and science will jointly provide insights into successful cooperation projects from the IGF-ZIM program. Joerg Kleinalstede, mezzo-forte Stringed Instruments, will kick off this transfer event.

The plenary event will also provide a stage for the development and establishment of new technologies: Here, five selected start-ups will be given the opportunity to make an elevator pitch, combined with the opportunity for intensive networking with the attending representatives from industry and research.

Speakers from this year's partner countries Sweden and Finland will give a comprehensive insight into the textile industry and research of these two countries with presentations and discussion contributions. The conference program will be complemented by an exhibition of companies and institutes as well as 100 scientific posters.

In addition, as a highlight of the program, fashion specially put together for the conference will be presented, coordinated by the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Department of Textile and Clothing Technology, and the RWTH, Institute of Textile Technology: Textiles for a sustainable world!