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Textile ETP Members Newsletter                        December 2013

ETP Network keeps growing strongly
Year-end target of 500 registered individual experts
almost reached

During the last month we added over 150 new experts to the ETP network and with total a of 470  and counting we are very close to our target of 500 by end of 2013. Check out all member organisations and individual experts in the “Who’s who” of the internal ETP Communication Platform at All existing ETP members are encouraged to spread the word to other interested parties, especially the industry to further increase the ETP’s critical mass.

2nd Governing Board Meeting

Important decisions taken about the future of the Textile Flagships initiative - ETP General Assembly fixed for 31 March 2014
On 26th November the ETP's Governing Board came together for its 2nd meeting in Brussels. The Board members assessed and welcomed the positive progress since the operational start of the new ETP in the summer of 2013. The 7 Textile Flagship action plans were principally approved and after a final review round will be finalized at the end of 2013. The Flagships will then move into the implementation phase in parallel to the start of HORIZON 2020. It was concluded that a stronger direct involvement of companies must still be promoted. The ETP General Assembly will take place in the late afternoon of 31 March 2014 in the margins of the 2014 ETP annual public conference in Brussels.

TEPPIES calls launched
Submit your project idea and use the ETP network to build a stronger consortium

Following the first HORIZON 2020 call, the Textile ETP has launched its first call for textile project ideas under its TEPPIES support system. Anybody interested in submitting a project proposal to HORIZON 2020 in the first half of 2014 is invited to share their project idea until 15th January in order to find the right competences and partners for a strong project proposal. The first project ideas have already been received and can be found in the internal document library at

8th Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference
November 27-28, 2014 in Dresden - call for papers


The conference newt year will focus on
  • Composites
  • Protective Textiles
  • Textile Construction with Membranes and Textile-reinforced Concrete
  • Chemistry for Composites, Protective Textiles, and Textile Construction
A call for papers is open which can be downloaded from

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HORIZON 2020 – first calls have been launched on 11 December 2013
Detailed workprogrammes for the years 2014 and 2015 are available - the total budget for the 2 years is € 15 billion
The European Commission has timely launched its first round of calls for HORIZON 2020. All related documents are available and searchable at

1st HORIZON 2020 Brokerage event organised by the Textile ETP on 23-24 January in Brussels
Present your project idea, get EC advice, find competent project partners

This meeting is dedicated to ETP members that want to participate in collaborative research projects in the first calls of HORIZON 2020. At the meeting EC officials will explain the details of the most textile-relevant call topics and answer questions. Project ideas can be presented and partners can be searched. Check the draft agenda to see which topic will be dealt with on which day. Complete and return the meeting registration form as soon as possible as places are limited. The agenda and registration form are available for download from

Textile Flagship Meetings
TFE1 & 2 will meet around the TEPPIES Brokerage Event

The next TFE1 meeting will take place in the afternoon of 22 January 2014 at 14.00 - 17.00 hours . The TFE2 expert group will meet on 23 January also at 14.00-17.00 hours. Both meetings take place at the Euratex premises in Brussels. Meeting agendas will follow at the beginning of January.

Year-end message from the Textile ETP Secretariat

The year 2013 has brought a fresh start for the European Textile Technology Platform. Thanks to a lot of effort, collaborative spirit and forward-looking initiative from many sides we can look back at a successful year which provides a sound basis for 2014. The HORIZON 2020 Programme is now a reality. It will provide the textile sector with numerous opportunities for funding industry-oriented textile research and even projects that can go very near the market. Nevertheless the competition for these precious funding opportunities will be as fierce as ever and we will need a lot of intelligence, dedication and good collaboration to succeed. We will need to smartly combine our competences and resources across Europe to show to EU policy makers and programme managers every day that this sector is alive, hungry for new developments and able to bring innovation to the market. The Textile ETP enjoys an excellent reputation with the European Commission and the Textile Flagships have raised a lot of attention and interest from policy makers and related industries. In some EU countries and regions Textile Innovation experiences a renewed interest and good support through cluster creation, funding programmes etc. However this is not yet the case everywhere in Europe and the new regional policy of Smart Specialisation does not yet target the textile sectors in all regions where the industry is strongly present. These and many other challenges remain and I'm looking forward to tackle them jointly with all members, collaborators and friends of the Textile ETP during 2014.
On behalf of the Textile ETP Secretariat I wish you, your families and colleagues peaceful and enjoyable Christmas holidays and a very happy, healthy and successful year 2014.
Lutz Walter & his Euratex support team

Textile ETP a.i.s.b.l.
Rue Montoyer 24, B-1000 Brussels
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