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Keynote Speakers

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Prof. Mirela Blaga

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Technical University of Iasi, Romania

Professor Mirela Blaga, is the Director of the Research Centre for Advanced Materials, Products and Processes from Faculty Industrial Design and Business Management. She is an expert evaluator at EU commission, for FP7, Vice-chair for Horizon 2020 and HE-MSCA-PF-2021 research programs MSCA, period 2011-2021, the President of AUTEX (Association of Universities of Textiles), for mandate 2019-2022 and the President of Romanian Section of the International Federation of Knitting Technologists (IKKT). She is also a member of the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi Senate for the mandate 2016-2020 and 2020-2024. 

She has been a key note speaker at 5 international conferences and a member of 30 scientific committees of international conferences. She is also editor in Chief of the Journal of Fashion Technology & Textile Engineering and member of international journal editorial boards (Autex Research Journal, Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon), member of 4 international journal editorial boards, scientific reviewer of 13 ISI international journals. Moreover she is an external scientific reviewer for 20 Ph.D Thesis from Universities of India.

She is an author of 5 English book chapters, 10 technical books, 30 ISI Web of Science indexed papers, 110 international conferences articles, 32 national journals and 20 national conferences.

Mirella Blaga

Prof. Lieva Van Langenhove


Ghent University, Belgium

Lieva Van Langenhove has a background in textile engineering. After working in industry for 5 years she joined Ghent University. Currently she holds a position as full professor. Her field of expertise is fiber based structures and textile production technology. In 2000 she started research on smart textiles. The basic research targets conductivity based smart textile components for monitoring, actuation, communication and energy supply. Functions that have been studied are monitoring of heart and respiration rate, heating, electro-stimulation, Bluetooth antenna, fiber based battery and transistor. In addition, mathematical models describing transport of heat and moisture support the design of textiles with optimal thermo-comfort. Targeted applications are health related, protection, sports and arts.

Lieva van Langenhove

Prof. Vincent Nierstrasz


University of Borås, Sweden

Vincent Nierstrasz is a professor in Textile Materials Technology at the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås since November 2011.

Prof. dr. ir. Nierstrasz was previously appointed at Ghent University in Belgium as senior researcher and Marie Curie fellow and at the University of Twente in The Netherlands as assistant professor. He holds a PhD degree from Delft University of Technology, and a MSc degree from Wageningen Agricultural University.

His research focuses on in surface modification and surface functionalisation of textile materials for production functional and smart textiles (via e.g. catalysis, biocatalysis, coating, printing, 3D printing, inkjet), textile and polymer biotechnology. An important research domain of the research group Textile Materials Technology is resource effective processing. An example is the Erasmus Mundus program SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles), which has a focus on resource effective production of smart and functional textiles and the Crosstexnet project DigiFun.

He was involved in several European (Crosstexnet, FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020), nationally and industrially funded projects.

He is also a foreign member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).

Vincent Nierstrasz

Prof. Satoko Okubayashi

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Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan

She is Professor and Director of the Faculty of Fiber Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology. She is also program-specific Professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. She has 30 years’ research experience in Dyeing and Functionalization. She is author of over 70 publications and awarded The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan.

Satoko Okubayashi

Prof. Rimvydas Milašius

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Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Rimvydas Milašius is professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. Doctor since 1988, associated professor since 1998, professor since 2005, full professor since 2007. Representative of KTU in Association of Universities for Textiles AUTEX. Since 2008 lecturer of AUTEX and Ghent University master program E-TEAM (currently WE-TEAM), since 2018 member of this program committee. Since 2015 a member of the Board of European Materials Researchers Society E-MRS. Author of 8 handbooks for students, more than 70 papers in journals cited in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database, participation in more than 40 various national and international projects. 11 PhD students successfully defended their PhD thesis under his supervising, current supervisor of 4 PhD students. For merits to Lithuanian textile industry and education awarded by Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association and Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania. Main activities are in weaving, electrospinning, functional textiles and fibrous composites engineering.

Rimvydas Milasius

Prof. Izabella Krucińska


Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Full Professor at Lodz University of Technology. Director of Institute of Material Science of Textiles and Polymer Composites at Faculty of Material Technologies and Textile Design. Head of accredited laboratory for quality assessment of textiles “ Lab-tex”. Since 1997 active member of Autex delivering the lectures in a frame of E-team since 2002. Since 2006 Honorary Fellow of The Textile Institute in Manchester Possess expertise in textile biomaterials and biodegradable composites.

Izabela Krucńska

Prof. Dominique Adolphe

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Université Française d’Egypte, Egypte

Prof. Dominique C. Adolphe has a Master in Automation and Control (1983) and a PhD in Sciences for Engineer (1990) from University of Haute-Alsace (UHA) on the specific topic of the Nonwoven Characterization. Since 1990 he is working in School of Engineering of UHA (ENSISA) where he became Full Professor in Mechanics (1999). In this frame, he has occupied the position of Head of the Textile Department, Head of the Garment Industry Department and he was in charge of International Relationships of ENSISA from 2001 to 2021. He was appointed as Visiting Professor in Tunisia (IS3M - Monastir) and French Polynesia (Université de la Polynésie Française – Faa’a) and has carried numerous research collaborations with Portugal, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Lithuania.


Prof. Adolphe is known for his leading researches in “Sensory Analysis” applied to textile products, in collaboration with his colleague Prof. SCHACHER, and since 2004, for his involvement in nano-fibers based product developments and more especially for the upscaling step. Up to now, he has advice 38 PhD works (34 defended) on these domains.


He has been in 2010 President of the Fiber Society and from 2013 to 2016 President of the AUTEX Association and vice-President of European Technology Platform for Future Textile and Clothing. He is an official reviewer for the Journal of Textile Institute, Textile Research Journal, Journal of Material Sciences, International Journal of Thermal Science,and has been for 3 years co-editor of the “Advanced Technical Textiles” issues of Materials Technology Journal. He has produced more than 200 international publications and conferences, several books chapters and patents.


In 2021, he has been award as “chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” by French Minister of High Education, Research and Innovation for his actions during the early COVID crisis.


Currently, he is Vice-President, in charge of Research, at Université Française d’Egypte (Cairo - Egypt).

Dominique Adolphe

Prof. Elsayed Ahmed Elnashar

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Kaferelsheikh University, Egypt

Elsayed Ahmed Elnashar is professor of Textiles Apparel at Kaferelsheikh University, Egypt. He holds several academic administrative positions: Dean, Vice Dean, Head of Department. He is an author of many textiles patents, books and over 225 scientific articles. Moreover, he is a member of international scientific committees, editorial board member and reviewer of more than 225 journals, an organizer of more than 195 conference and workshop over the world and the founder and editor of two scientific journals and Smartex Conference Egypt. He develops the Faculties of Education, commissioned of Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities. He has made many scientific agreements with European & Africa universities. His research interests are: intelligent and functional textiles, textile nanotechnologies, textile membranes and filters, geotextiles, solar-textiles, biomedical textiles, automotive textiles, multi-layered textiles, textile ecology, 3D scan systems, simulations and modelling of cloths, body shape analysis, cloth design and application, laser-jet technology, computational mathematics, fluid mechanics, textile structures properties, composites fabrics structures, porosity and permeability of fabrics, mechanical properties of woven fabrics, mechanical and thermal properties of clothing, care systems process and dyeing of fabrics and rubber industry.

Elsayed Ahmed Elnashar

Dr Xin Wang

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RMIT University, Australia

Dr Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Materials Innovation and Future Fashion (CMIFF) at RMIT University. Dr Wang has a textile technology background with a focus on fibrous materials, and he is a key member of the Advanced Materials and Smart Textiles Research Clusters of CMIFF leading a research group focusing on nanotextiles. He has research interests in the area of advanced fibrous materials with performance and comfort applications, which has resulted in advanced textile fabrication technology, nnaocomposites and advanced functional textiles. He has also contributed to a better understanding of dynamic comfort and related testing apparatus. Dr Wang has led several projects funded by both government and industrial sectors including the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Cotton Research and Development Corporation. He has successfully supervised more than 10 PhD and Masters students. Dr Wang’s research has impact on a broad community of academia and industry, evidenced by patented IP of large-scale production of nanofibres from needleless electrospinning; commercialized products and technology; influence on policy-making for textile standards; and high citation records of published work.

Xin Wang
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