Young Scientist Award: Lenzing’s new prize for research projects on ethical and sustainable fashion

The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based speciality fibres, will present the Young Scientist Award for outstanding research in the field of fibres and textiles for the first time in 2022.
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The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based speciality fibres, will present the Young Scientist Award for outstanding research in the field of fibres and textiles for the first time in 2022.

The Dornbirn Global Fibre Congress (GFC Dornbirn) is an ideal platform for the recently launched research competition. Bachelor’s and master’s degree students will have the opportunity to submit their scientific work in the categories of fashion and the circular economy, textile recycling and the innovative use of biobased fibres to a jury of well-known industry experts.

The jury consists of Karla Magruder (Founder of Acceleration Circularity), Friedericke von Wedel-Parlow (Beneficial Design Institute Berlin) and Dieter Eichinger (Head of Standardisation and Innovation, Secretary-General of BISFA). The winning project will receive a prize of EUR 5,000. The aim is to promote the students’ work and create a platform for networking with the textile and fibre industry.

“As one of the leading innovators in improving fibres and wovens for decades, Lenzing is best positioned to make a real difference and create a more sustainable future. Driving research and development forward and supporting young scientists in developing their ideas at all times is not just a matter that is close to our heart. We are convinced that innovation and technological progress are vital to our success in tackling the pressing environmental challenges we face,” says Robert van dae Kerkhof, Member of the Managing Board at Lenzing Group and President of the Austrian Fibres Institute.

Austrian Fibres Institute as organiser of the GFC

The Austrian Fibres Institute is the organiser of the 61st Dornbirn Global Fibre Congress on a not-for-profit basis. The event, due to take place from September 14 to 16, 2022, will offer an ideal setting for the presentation of the Young Scientist Award prise.

The Austrian Fibres Institute, which is headquartered in Vienna, was founded in 1960 by fibre producers and the Austrian textile industry to promote the market launch of fibres and fibre products. The institute also offers opportunities to exchange information and experience relating to fibres and supports engagement with educational institutions.

The GFC aims to encourage the international exchange of experience in close liaison with Brussels-based representative body.

The Austrian Fibres Institute focuses on issues relating to the future, which will also be on the agenda at the GFC, including aspects such as fibre innovations, sustainability and the circular economy.

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