AEI TÈXTILS leads the first European network of experts in the field of advanced textile materials

CONTEXT – European Network to connect research and innovation efforts on Advanced Smart Textiles – was officially established on October 11th in Brussels.

Dr. Ariadna Detrell, Cluster Manager at AEI TÈXTILS (the technical textiles’ cluster of Catalonia), led the creation of this network in 2016 along with more than 60 experts from other clusters/business associations, research centres, universities and companies from 10 European countries and Japan. Finally, the network has been established as a COST Action which will start working in November.

CONTEXT has been set in the framework of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), the longest running European framework. COST is a unique platform where European researchers can jointly develop their ideas and initiatives across all scientific disciplines through the trans-European networking of nationally funded research.

The main objective of CONTEXT is to join efforts at European level to facilitate the market uptake of new advanced textile materials, reducing the gap between research and industry. This goal can only be achieved involving all the major stakeholders of the process: universities, technological centres, industry and end-users under the coordination from one of the main tools which contributes to the improvement of competitiveness and productivity of the different economic sectors in the European environment: the clusters.

CONTEXT is structured in 6 working groups, 5 of them focused on different applications of advanced textile materials: healthcare/medical, automotive and aeronautics, personal protection, building and living, sports and wearables. The focus of the sixth group is dissemination and communication.