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Textile ETP Annual Conference 2024

Accelerating Textile Research & Scaling Sustainable Innovation in Europe

14-15 May 2024 • Mechelen, Belgium

The 18th Textile ETP Annual Conference will take place as a physical event on 14-15 May in Mechelen, Belgium. We welcome our members as well as other professionals interested in sustainable textile innovation, EU research funding opportunities and the fascinating world of textile start-up and scale-up businesses from all over Europe.

In these 2 days, we will:

  • Present the EU Textile Research Partnership, the first ever EU research and innovation funding programme fully dedicated to the textile sector,
  • Celebrate the increasing success of textile start-ups and how they overcome funding and scaling challenges with support from the European Innovation Council,
  • Discuss the future direction of an industry disrupted by major technology shifts, a new regulatory regime and non-traditional business models.

Registration is now closed

What's in it for you?

The event will feature visionary plenary lectures, interactive thematic break-out sessions, thought-provoking panel debates, and plenty of networking opportunities. The event also offers the opportunity to take part in a site visit of HOGENT's FTILab+ on Monday 13 May, in the afternoon.

The event will also be combined with the annual General Assembly of the Textile ETP.

How to get there?

The Textile ETP Annual Conference takes place at Lamot Congress and Heritage Centre, Van Beethovenstraat 8/10, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium.

Mechelen is a charming Belgian town, located 25km away from Brussels, Belgium. It is easily accessible by public transport and taxi from Brussels airport and city centre:

  • From Brussels Airport:
    By train: Brussels Airport railway station is on level -1. A direct express train will take you to Mechelen Central station in just 11 minutes! A ticket costs €10.40.
    By bus: Brussels Airport bus station is on level 0. De Lijn provides a direct bus service to Mechelen station twice an hour, including lines 282, 681, 682, 683 and 686. The bus journey takes 45 minutes. A ticket costs around €3.
    By taxi: Brussels Airport taxi station is on level 0. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. The ride costs around €50-60.

  • From Brussels city centre:
    By train: Mechelen can be reached from the 3 main train stations of Brussels (Brussels Midi, Brussels Central and Brussels North). Direct trains will bring you to Mechelen Central station in 15-30 min depending on the Brussels station where you board the train. A ticket costs €5.50.
    By taxi: Taxis are available throughout the city. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. The ride costs around €70-80.

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