Following the success of both previous conferences, Centexbel now organises - in collaboration with Fedustria and POM West-Vlaanderen - its third conference on Innovations In Textiles For Healthcare.

The conference addresses both the textile industry and the health care sector. The intense co-operation and co-creation between these sectors result in market developments with a distinct social and economic added value.


Morning session

8:30    Registration
9:00    Welcome by the chair Myriam Vanneste, Centexbel

Opening session (9:15-10:30)

  • MDTex : How can the textile industry take part in future medical devices in response to the needs expressed by doctors?
    Bérangère Delaby- Up-Tex (FR)
  • Regulatory framework for innovative medical devices development
    Kyun Thibaut - Covartim (BE)
  • Presentation scientific posters

10:30    Break - B2B meetings

Medical (11:00 - 13:00)

  • Recycled cotton fibres in healthcare textile applications
    Taina Kamppuri- Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI)
  • Incorporation of microgels in PLA filaments by solution spinning
    Georg-Philipp Paar - BioTex, RWTH Aachen University (DE)
  • How safe are your surgical gowns and drapes? 
    Mark Croes- Centexbel (BE) 
  • Nanofibrous collagen membrane functionnalized with inorganic/organic coating: a versatile tool for alveolar bone regeneration
    Marie Dubus - Université de Reims (FR)

13:00    Lunch - B2B meetings

Afternoon session

Comfort (14:00-15:30)

  • Comfort testing of beddings and mattresses for healthy and restful sleep
    Edith Classen - Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation (DE)
  • High performance functional bio-based polymers for skin-contact products in the biomedical, cosmetic and sanitary industries
    OzlemIpek Kalaoglu Altan - University of Gent (BE)
  • SKHINCAPS - SKin Healthcare by Innovative NanoCAPsuleS
    Thomas Zadrozny - Pro-Active (BE)

15:30    Break - B2B meetings

Smart (16:00-17:30)

  • Material set for smart healthcare applications
    Stijn Gillissen - Henkel Belgium (BE)
  • Development of a LED-assisted Smart Textile Wound Dressing System
    Akram Idrissi - ITA - RWTH Aachen (DE)
  • A printed multi-sensory textile bandage for wound monitoring applications
    Manoj Jose - UHasselt - IMO-IMOMEC (BE)

17:30    Poster Award 2019 - Closing conference - Reception - B2B meetings


Fedustria square

Professional organisation of the textile, wood and furniture industries.


POM zorgeconomie square

By 2050, one third of the European population will be over sixty years old. This will fundamentally change the care industry. West-Flanders created a Factory of the Future to find and implement sustainable solutions for this demographic evolution in its region.


B2B meetings

During the conference Centexbel organises business-to-business contacts where you have the opportunity to meet potential partners. 
For the organisation of the B2B meetings we use the tool ‘PITCH and MATCH’.  

Some days before the event you will receive an invitation and your personal ‘log in’ to complete your profile. Afterwards you can request B2B meetings with the speakers and the participants

Conference language


Scientific Posters

Scientists and researchers are invited to submit scientific posters of their work covering (one of) the following items: 

  • bedding/sleep 
  • wound dressing 
  • hygiene 
  • smart applications 
  • implants 
  • revalidation 
  • temporary hospitalisation 
  • special apparel 
  • other items within the scope of the congress 

The first day of the conference, before the lunch, the scientific posters are orally presented to the audience.


  • All scientific posters are reviewed and rated on the basis of scientific quality, clarity and impact. 
  • During the poster sessions a jury will select the winning poster.
  • The highest scoring scientific poster will be announced during the closing remarks. 
  • After the conference, the posters will be published on the conference website.
  • The winning poster will be put in the spotlight.


  • scientific poster abstract = 15/04/2019 (please use the conference template)
  • scientific poster size A4 = 15/04/2019

Promote your products and services

The conference organisation offers two promotion packages:

€ 300 promotion package

Publication of your corporate logo

  • on the conference website
  • on the welcoming slides
  • on/in all conference-related publications

€ 800 promotion package

Promotion stand
Publication of your corporate logo

  • on the conference website
  • on the welcoming slides
  • on/in all conference-related publications



The conference participants will visit the promotion stands during the coffee and lunch breaks

  • the stands may be installed on April 25, 2019 (morning)
  • table on demand

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference and in promoting your products and services to a dedicated international public, we kindly invite you to fill in the form below.

Please select the event you would like to sponsor. Thank you very much for your support.

Registration fees

  • € 300,00
  • € 270,001
  • € 150,002
  • € 240,003
  • € 90,004
  1. Special fee for Centexbel, Fedustria and POM West-Vlaanderen members, for participants presenting a scientific poster and for sponsors
  2. Special fee for speakers (with the exception of speakers who are a Centexbel member and invited speakers)
  3. Fee per person for group registrations > 10 persons (contact Ann De Grijse - see below)
  4. Student fee (contact Ann De Grijse - see below)
Please note that
  • the registration fees include the attendance of the conference sessions, the conference proceedings, the coffee breaks and lunch
  • VAT is not included

Recognized training centre

Centexbel is recognized by Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) - kmo-portefeuille - # DV.O101549 and by the Walloon authorities - chèques-entreprises.

These measurements are reserved for Flanders/Wallonia based companies and fall under the EC Commission Regualtion 1998/2006 of 15 December 2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to de minimis aid, stating that the total amount of the de-minimis support accorded to a single company may never exceed € 200.000 over a period of three successive fiscal years. If this limit is exceeded, the total sum of the service shall be paid, without any claim to this indirect state funding.

Registration form


Holiday Inn Express Gent | Akkerhage 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium

If you would like to stay overnight, contact: Stephanie Degraeve

Free parking

holiday inn express

Conference secretariat

Ann De Grijse | Centexbel | e-mail: | phone : +32 9 243 82 20