The organisers of the XXXVI IULTCS Congress scheduled from 3 to 5 November 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, announce that the event will take place with a hybrid formula. Given the ongoing difficulties related to travel following the pandemic, participants will be able to decide whether to participate in person or connect in a video conference with the possibility of interacting with speakers and sponsors in various digital ways.
The international appointment of leather chemists offers as always a highly topical title: “Greening the Leather Value Chain”, that is making the leather supply chain greener. The so-called “call for papers” is already open: those interested in presenting a technical or scientific work during the Congress, are invited to send a 250 words abstract of their presentation in English to the scientific committee which will examine all requests. The papers should cover the following macro-themes:
scientific research, tanning chemicals, low environmental impact technologies, resource saving, fashion and intelligent production of leather goods, progress in terms of sustainability.
As per tradition, the host country, in this case Ethiopia, is entitled to organise the IULTCS Congress. Professor Mwinyikione Mwinyhija is the president in charge and represents the Africa Leather and Leather products Institute (ALLPI), an African intergovernmental organisation that promotes the development of the leather supply chain, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Congress will be hosted at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, located close to Addis Ababa’s international airport. Finally, it should be mentioned that immediately before the IULTCS Congress there will be another event worthy of note for the leather industry. On 1 November, always in Addis Ababa, the 5th World Leather Congress is scheduled, also organised by ALLPI but in this case in collaboration with the International Leather Council (ICT), which will be dedicated to the theme “Leather a Gift of Nature”. Initially scheduled for November, the All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) has been postponed by a month. The event dedicated to supplies for the leather industry will be held from 3 to 6 December.