Final Conference Updated Agenda


PLUSTEX Final Conference Agenda

 PLUSTEX Final Conference Agenda- def

8.30 | 9.00        Registrations

9.00 | 9.15        Welcome by local host and opening by

  • Mr Guillaume Delbar, Vice President in charge of innovation, research and universities inLilleMetropole
  • Representative from the NordPas de CalaisRegion

9.15 | 9.45        PLUSTEX Project – Results and perspectives

  • Ms Daniela Toccafondi, Councilor for Economic Policy, Municipality ofPrato

9.45 | 10.00      The Interreg IVC Programme | EU Interregional Cooperation State of Play and Perspectives

  • Elisa Milos, INTERREG IVC Joint Technical Secretariat

10.00 | 11.00     Textile in Europe: policy challenges and opportunities

Round table with:

  • Representative of the ACTE Network
  • Mr Julio Cardoso, Specialist on technical textile and innovation in DG Enterprise and Research, European Commission
  • Mr Francesco Marchi, Director of EURATEX
  • Regional Partners:
  • Ms. Isabella Ponsiglione, Tuscany Region (IT)
  • Mr. Linas Lasiauskas , Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association LATIA (LT)
  • Sophie Glover, Technical Consultant of Gloverhill Limited

11.00 | 11.30     Coffee break

11.30 | 12.30     Innovative Textile Stakeholders – New perspectives for T&C Sector

Round table with:

  • Mr Pascal Denizart, Director of Campus CETI (FR)
  • Mr. Solitario Nesti, Director of NextTechnology Tecnotessile OTIR 2020,Prato(IT)
  • Mr Stéphan Vérin, International Director of UPTEX, Competitive Pole (FR)
  • Ms Marta Catarino, SPINPARK, (Guimaraes, Portugal)

12.30 | 12.45     Video presentation of PLUSTEX Good Practices

12.45 | 14.00     Lunch

14.00 | 16.30     Thematic Workshops

The PLUSTEX partners present Good Practices under six policy themes. GPs are presented by regional experts and discussed with the audience

Workshop 1: Creating new jobs in the T&C sector

Focus Policy Theme:

  • Support young entrepreneurship and innovative business models in the T&C sector
  • Foster T&C incubation and start-ups

Good Practices:

  • Ms Alexandra Pisco, Maisons de Mode (Lille-Rubaix,France)
  • Ms Marta Catarino, SPINPARK, (Guimaraes, Portugal)
  • Mr Richard Axe, Textile Centre of Excellence, (Huddersfield,UK) tbc
  • Mr Sylvain Gerard, INNOTEX, (Lille,France)
  • Mr Thanos Contargyris, PASSAGE Project, (Vratsa,Bulgaria)
  • Moderator:


Mr Thanos Contargyris, AREDVratsa

Workshop 2: Strenghtening existing SMEs in the T&C sector

Focus Policy Theme:

  • Support clustering and internationalisation of T&C SMEs
  • Diversify production towards high‐quality, speciality, high textiles and niche products

Good Practices:

  • Mr. Enrico Venturini, Smart Specialization and Technological Foresight for the Fashion Sector,Prato(IT)
  • Ms Adriana Duarte, Ecological Dyeing ‘Ecofoot’, (Guimaraes,Portugal)
  • Ph.D.,Eng.Marcin Struszczyk, MORATEX (LodzRegion,Poland)
  • Ms Karine Wallois, CLUBTEX – Cluster of Technical Textile SMEs (LilleMetropole,France)
  • Moderator:


Mr. Francesco Molinari, Municipality of Prato

Workshop 3: Developing new perspectives in the T&C sector

Focus Policy Theme:

  • Increase levels of art, design and creativity into market production
  • Foster eco-innovation and social responsibility in the T&C industries

Good Practices:

  • Mr Besnik Mehmeti, Municipality ofPrato(Prato,Italy) TEXMEDIN (TEXtile and apparel MEDiterranean heritage for Innovation)
  • Ms Mary Alice Stack, Creative Industry Finance (Southampton,UK)
  • Ms Silvia Gambi, Cardato Recycled (Prato, Italy)
  • Ms Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter (Southampton,UK)
  • Moderator:


Ms. Cheryl Butler,EastleighBorough Council

16.30 | 16.45     coffee break

16.45 | 17.30     Reports from workshops

Highlights from Good Practices and the Implementation Plans        

17.30 | 18.30     Farewell drink




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PLUSTEX is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the INTERREG IVC Programme. The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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Lead partner
Municipality of Prato (IT)

Contact person
Alessandro Fontani
+ 39 0574 183 6007

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