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Price

$110

Event date and time

Monday 23 - Thursday 26 May 2022
1.5hr plenary sessions every day

Location

Online virtual event

Humans depend on fibre – for clothing, and more. Sustainable fibres and textiles are a global priority for closing the loop on resource-flow and energy use. This is also a priority due to the impacts on the health and livelihoods of millions of people globally, and the lands and waters they depend on. In Australia there is now a growing shift towards more circular systems across several sectors and value chains. Science and technology are central to this change, with connected humans working together for positive solutions.

This collaborative symposium’s goal is to help accelerate Australia’s science and innovation towards sustainable circular fibres. The “Threads and Opportunities Symposium: science engineering sustainable fibres, for closing the loop in Australia” is cross-connecting, multidisciplinary, and catalytic in exploring science solutions to meet the challenge.

A 100% ON-LINE event

Each day there will be:

  • 1.5hr plenary sessions
  • 1hr RSVP-capped interactive "high-resolution" sessions

Pricing

  • Full registration

    Registration is inclusive of all plenary sessions, any optional RSVP-capped interactive sessions, and access to plenary session recordings up to 1 year post event.

    $110

  • Student Concession

    $27.50

  • CSIRO Staff and Affiliates

    $27.50

Dates and Times

Event date: May 2022

Monday 23 - Thursday 26 May 2022

Online virtual event

1.5hr plenary sessions every day

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Program at a glance

Current program (PDF, 453KB)

PLENARY THEMES AND SPEAKERS

KEYNOTES ON CIRCULARITY OF FIBRES AND MORE. Mon 23 May 10:30am-12:00PM AEST
Colleen MacMillan, Chair, CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • Circular Fibres High School and Tertiary Student Pitchathon Overview. Xiaoqing Li CSIRO & Madeline Taylor QUT (Early Career Researchers)
  • Textiles and Circularity: the EU Perspective. Jo Grainger, Minister Counsellor Agriculture, Australian Mission to the EU
  • Disruptive Applies Research in a Global Crisis. Edwin Keh CEO, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
  • Bega Valley Case Study. Barry Irvin AM, Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese Limited
  • A smart vision for a sustainable future: SMaRT technologies and MICROfactories™ creating sustainable materials and products from waste resources. Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, The University of New South Wales

LESSONS FROM FIRST NATIONS FIBRES – AUSTRALIA AND NZ Mon 23 May 12:30pm–2:00PM AEST
Torres Webb, Chair, CSIRO Office Of Indigenous Engagement

  • Weaving Together the Art and Science of Australian Natural Dyes. Stephanie Beaupark, PhD Candidate, Associate Lecturer, University of Wollongong
  • Harakeke (NZ flax) - Maori insights. Donna Campbell, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato
  • The process and notion of naturally dyeing fabric. Katie West
  • First Nations Leadership, Rights, Self-determination & Sovereignty through circular economy. Felicity Chapman Owner - Deadly Weavers
  • Pitch Video Screening. Fibre Waste

REDESIGNING FIBRES SESSION Tue 24 May 10:30am–12:00PM AEST
Filomena Pettolino, Chair, CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • Fibre to Fibre recycling cotton and blends. Dr Nolene Byrne, Associate Professor, Deakin University
  • Bolt Threads: A journey of sustainable fibers, leather, and personal care. Dr. David Breslauer, CTO & co-founder, Bolt Threads
  • Plant-generated next-gen fibres. Dr Xiaoqing Li, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • Algae as natural and man-made fibres. Professor Peter Ralph, Executive Director, Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology Sydney
  • Pitch Video Screening. The Mozzie Cure

FIBRE THROUGH ITS LIFE Wed 25 May 10:30am–12:00PM AEST
Alice Payne, Chair, Queensland University of Technology

  • Fibre Tracing - wool case study. Mark Scott, Australian Wool Innovation
  • Clothing design for sustainability - considerations across the life cycle. Alison Gwilt, UNSW
  • Wool - Designed by Nature to close the loop. Sam Ropert, Australian Wool Innovation
  • Synbio and new functionalities for textiles. Laura Navone, Queensland University of Technology
  • The Wellbeing Wardrobe, Monique Retamal, University of Technology Sydney
  • Pitch Video Screening. Saving uniforms and repairing the system

FIBRE WASTE: DURING AND AT THE END OF ITS LIFE THUR 26 MAY 10:30am–12:00PM AEST
Stuart Gordon, Chair, CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • From Dirt to Shirt and Beyond: Cotton's Circularity Story. Mary Ankeny, Cotton Incorporated
  • Waste: insights from Charitable Recyclers Australia. Omer Soker, CEO, Charitable Recycling Australia
  • How the industrial revolution, police and a pair of pants closed the loop in Goondiwindi. Oliver Knox, University of New England
  • Water-borne fibre waste: microplastics, pollution and more. Mark Browne, UNSW
  • The Case of Ghana, Lydia Manieson , QUT
  • Pitch Video Screening. Fibre Waste and how we can fix it

THREADS AND OPPORTUNITIES CLOSING KEYNOTES THUR 26 MAY AEST 2:00pm-2:45pm
Oliver Knox, Chair, University of New England

  • Circular Textiles Now to 2050. Professor Rebecca Earley, Co-Director, Centre for Circular Design, University of the Arts London
  • Pitchathon Winners - People's Choice + Summary. Dr Colin Scott, CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform Director
  • Event Summation Keynote. Peter Riddles
  • Event Close.

HIGH RESOLUTION INTERACTIVE SESSIONS
RSVP-CAPPED and based on optional selections at time of registration

  • Redesigning fibres - Tue 24 May 12:30pm-1:30pm AEST
  • Fibre Through its Life – Wed 25 May 12:30-13:30 AEST
  • Fibre Waste: during and at the end of its life - Thur 26 May 12:30-13:30 AEST

Contact - threads2022@csiro.au

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Circular fibres pitchathon

Open to high school, TAFE and university undergrads we are challenging the next generation of Australians to explore and invent circular fibres and textile solutions. In a 3 minute pitch video, we want to hear your ideas for:

  • Redesigning fibres
  • Lessons from First Nations
  • Tracking fibre lifecycles
  • Fibre waste

Applications open 15 March 2022, and close 2 May 2022 11:59 PM AEST Monday.

If you are entering the Pitchathon only, complete the Pitch Application Form – do not register for the event. Pitchathon participation is at no charge.

Pitch Application Form

Pitchathon: Key information, please read first before starting the application to participate.

Organising Committee and Pitchathon Team:

Partners:

CSIRO | Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform      CRDC

Sponsor:

AWI | The Woolmark Company      Cotton Australia

Organising contributors:

QUT      UNSW Sydney      Deakin University      UNE | University of New England

 
We would like to acknowledge and thank the following for generous contributions of time to the Symposium Organising Committee and the Symposium Pitchathon Team:

  • Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO): Agriculture and Food Business Unit; Office of Indigenous Engagement; Office of the Chief Scientist
  • Cotton Australia: Education
  • Curtin University: School of Design and the Built Environment
  • Deakin University: ARC Research Hub for Future Fibres; Institute for Frontier Materials
  • Queensland University of Technology: School of Design; School of Biology and Environmental Science
  • University of New England: School of Environmental and Rural Science; Undergraduate - Bachelor of Agriculture and Business
  • University of New South Wales: School of Art and Design
  • University of Technology Sydney: Institute for Sustainable Futures