Future Textiles Conference 2023 at Bristol, UK
22 November 2022: Centre for Print Research (CFPR) will be hosting the Future Textiles 2023 Conference, focusing on New Materials, Digital Manufacturing, and Sustainability, from February 28 to March 2, 2023, in Bristol, United Kingdom. Textiles are so ubiquitous, yet their functions have not changed much since the dawn of civilization. Additionally, textiles have received widespread attention as a versatile platform in recent years for future wearable electronics applications. However, they are still far from the requirements of modern-day electronics.
The global textile industry is also often cited as the second most polluting industry after oil, responsible for ~8-10% of global CO2 emission, ~20% water pollution and ~35% microplastic pollution. Therefore, radical new approaches are needed at both material and manufacturing level to transform textiles into highly innovative, sustainable and intelligent clothing.
This conference will provide a forum for collaborative discussions to address these challenges at both academic and industry level, to develop future clothing for the next generation and facilitate the rapid transition of such textiles from lab to market.
This in-person and virtual three-day conference will also explore answers to key questions, such as: Can our clothing be the next generation artificially intelligent computer that can be used for personalised healthcare ? Can digital manufacturing revolutionise the way we manufacture our clothing ? Can future textiles be sustainable with positive social, environmental, and economic impacts ?
Key topics include: New Materials for Textiles, Wearable Electronic Textiles (E-textiles), Digital Manufacturing (Industry 4.0), Sustainable Textile Manufacturing, Circular Economy, Smart Functional Textiles and Protective Medical Clothing.
Centre for Print Research (CFPR) is a distinctive centre of research excellence based at the University of the West of England. It is a unique, multidisciplinary group that combines knowledge and skills across traditional and digital techniques to reflect, innovate and find creative solutions for the future of print. Established in 1998, the CFPR has developed partnerships with world leading academic institutions and an outstanding record in working with collaborators across a wide range of sectors, including fine art, design, material science and engineering.