The conference on "Textile Wearables in the World of IoT" will bring together industry innovators, technology providers, creative labs, designers, economic promoters to discuss the challenges, technologies, applications of smart wearables, smart textiles, and the implementation of electronics and IT in textiles and textile wearables, within the context of a connected world.

    The conference covers a wide variety of topics providing an excellent opportunity to look into actual developments in the following fields:

    • Technologies: Internet of Things (IoT), Microelectronics, Small Sensors, Micro actuators, etc.
    • Smart textiles: Sensor integration processes, Component integration, Printing Sensors, Connectivity, etc.
    • Applications: Medical, Personal Assistance, Sport, Logistics, Workwear, Automotive, Home, etc.


    08:30 Welcome Coffee

    08:45 Introduction - Bernard Paquet - Centexbel

    08:55 Smart textile wearables in a world of IoT’s - Lieva van Langenhove - Dept of Materials, Textiles & Chemical Engineering - Ghent University

    09:35 Smart Healthcare Applications on textiles - Stijn Gillissen - Henkel

    10:00 Textile interfaces from a user perspective - Florian Heller - Expertise Centre for Digital Media at Hasselt University

    10:25 Bringing back the patient at the heart of healthcare by smart wearables - Dorothée Coppieters - Microsys at Liège University

    10:50 Coffee Break

    11:15 Electromagnetic shielding by e-textiles - Michele Genangeli - Genax bv

    11:40 New possibilities with intrinsic smart textiles - Christoph Riethmüller - Deutsche Institute für Textil+Faserforschung

    12:05 Printing techniques on stretchable materials - Wim Christiaens - Quad Industries s.a.

    12:30 Walking Lunch

    13:30 Printed electronics in the evolution to smart textiles - Brecht Demedts - Centexbel 

    13:55 The challenging Development Process of Smart Personal Protective Equipment - “from Requirement Assessment to Certification” - Jan Jordan - Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University

    14:15 - 17:15 Coffee break and SmartX Workshop

    SmartX workshop

    organized by Project partners Centexbel, DSP Valley, UP-tex, and CITC.

    Start at 14.15h.

    SmartX is short for "European Smart Textiles Accelerator". Innovation projects supported through the SmartX Accelerator programme will focus on connecting promising design prototypes and a growing end market interest in smart textiles and wearables.

    SmartX is a H2020 project with the aim to boost smart textile innovations and to develop an end-to-end smart textiles manufacturing value chain in Europe to accelerate the marketing of promising prototypes. 

    During the 3-year project 3 calls for funding are expected to support up to 40 individual projects with a total budget of € 2.4 million. 

    Join the workshop and

    • discover state of the art innovations in smart textiles and electronic systems through expert presentations
    • attend a panel discussion with business and research participants
    • be inspired by the EU Strategy for IOT & Smart Textiles
    • get to know all about how to apply for SmartX support and funding

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    Registration fees

    • € 200,00
    • € 180,001
    • € 100,002
    • € 160,003
    • € 60,004
    1. Special fee for Centexbel members, participants presenting a scientific poster, sponsors and SmartX partners
    2. Special fee for speakers with the exception of speakers who are a Centexbel member and of invited speakers
    3. Fee per person for group registrations > 10 persons (contact: Mme Dominique Sacré)
    4. Student fee
    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
    • Participation to the SmartX workshop is free of charge


    bluepoint - wearables-venu

    BluePoint Liège

    Boulevard Emile de Laveleye 191
    4020 Liège (Belgium)

    Conference Secretariat

    Mme. Dominique Sacré

    Centexbel | Rue du Travail 5 | 4460 Grâce-Hollogne