A new competition has been launched for bachelor’s and master’s degree students who are working on innovative solutions to address the environmental challenges facing the textile industry. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2022. The winning project will receive a prize of EUR 5000.
The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based specialty 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 Standardization and Innovation, Secretary- General of BISFA). The winning project will receive a prize of EUR 5000. 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 de 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 prize.
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.
Applicants for the Young Scientist Award can submit their work (final-year projects, papers etc.) in English between February 01, 2022 and June 15, 2022 to the following e-mail address: YSA2022@lenzing.com. For further information, please see the enclosed document (Submission Requirements).
The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based specialty 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 platformfor this new 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.
How to submit your research?
The Lenzing Young Scientist Award gives young scientists around the globe the opportunity to present their research to a well-known jury and an international audience at the GFC Dornbirn 2022, who are eagerly waiting to see the innovative and inspiring work from the next generation, which might become a game changer in the field of fibres and textiles.
There are three categories recognized in the Lenzing Young Scientist Award:
- Fashion & Circularity: Recyclable textiles meet design (holistic & systematic
- Textile Recycling – from feedstock to fibre: Innovative disposing & sourcing concepts,
- innovative fibre separation technologies & raw material / fibre production processes
- Most innovative use of bio-based fibres: New products & applications based on
Your submission has to include your CV and a description of the work you have done, it can be your thesis, a project or a paper you have written. All documents must be submitted in English. The jury will also evaluate the quality of your submission. So feel free, get creativeand pitch your project in a video!
By submitting your work, you confirm that you have all rights to the work and that you can share it. Restricted research or research that is subject to secrecy may not be submitted.
The application submission can be compiled via e-mail to YSA2022@lenzing.com fromFebruary 1, 2022 to June 15, 2022.