Due to the impact of Covid-19, the application submission for the YLSG 2021 programme has been extended up to 30 November 2020. Luis Zugno, president of IULTCS, asks young research talents in the tanning sector to propose courageous and innovative research projects in the categories Leather Research, Machinery/Equipment and Sustainability conducted at recognised institutes.
Details for participation in the call are available on the IULTCS webiste: https://iultcs.org/commissions/iur-research-commission/
ERRETRE SpA, an Italy-based leather technology supplier and machinery manufacturer, confirmed to support IULTCS’ YLSG 2021 programme in the category of Machinery/Equipment. The award aims to encourage young students and scientists to propose a research project on leather, in the development areas of machines for leather processing, automation, chemical/physical analysis and equipment in the environmental field. “Our company – comments Adriano Peruzzi of Erretre – supports training by firmly believing in the need to have motivated young people to implement innovation and face the challenges that industry will have to face in the coming years. Once again Erretre is proud to reward a young researcher for the work done on an important research project on machinery/equipment”.
Likewise also “Leather Naturally is proud to sponsor the Professor Mike Redwood Sustainability/Environment grant for another two years” said Egbert Dikkers, Chairperson. “With Leather Naturallys’ focus on providing education to designers, brands and consumers, it was a logical step to sponsor this award and honour our founder Professor Mike Redwood.” Who is quoted as saying: “I wrote my first sustainability report in 1993 and those companies who have embraced the subject positively since then have all benefited from the solid science-based foundation it establishes when fighting competitive materials on environmental grounds. To pursue sustainability as an ongoing objective stimulates the leather industry to be dynamic and innovative. I am immensely honoured to be named in this grant and hope that it will allow candidates to feel free to challenge the industry with creative and unexpected ideas”.
2021 will be the seventh year of the IULTCS YLSG programme. There are 3 prizes at stake: a sum of 1,500 euro for basic research, 1,000 euro for technological research (sponsored by ERRETRE) and another thousand euro for the Sustainability and Environment theme (funded by Leather Naturally on behalf of Professor Mike Redwood).
Michael Meyer, Chairman of the International Union of Research Commission (IUR) of IULTCS and Research Director at Freiberg (Germany) based FILK Leather Institute expressing his appreciation of the engagement: “We very much value the contribution of ERRETRE and Leather Naturally to our YLSG programme. It is a vital instrument to encourage young leather scientists to acquire awareness and become more connected to the established research community of our industry. We have seen the programme growing stronger over the past years. Last year´s edition brought up numerous, ambitious applications to step forward with innovative ideas and sustainable technologies.”