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3rd Textile Research Conference shared contemporary theoretical and empirical knowledge

The 3rd Textile Research Conference, TRC`2016 was organized by the Clothing Technology Centre, in association with the Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTex) and with cooperation of EURODYE-ctc at AS Mahmud Seminar Hall, The Daily Star Centre, Farmgate, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 29th October, 2016.

The full synthesized agenda featuring 3(three) sessions were designed as a global perspective to focus exclusively on exchanging theoretical and methodological ideas about promoting and sustaining the growth of textile production and development.

Figure 1: Distinguished at the TRC Plenary Session. (L-R) Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem, Prof. Syed Fakhrul Hassan, Prof. Mashud Ahmed, Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman.

The Conference accumulated the home and international researchers and acted as a platform to present their research findings to the interested audience which was designed into as ‘Apparel & Fashion’, ‘Textile Industry, Ecology & Sustainability’ and ‘Technical Textiles plus Plenary Session’ for its 1st, 2nd and 3rd sessions, respectively.

Prof. Mashud Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTex), was honoured as the chief guest in the conference. The three sessions were chaired by Prof. Md. Abul Kashem, Dean, Faculty of Fashion Design and Apparel Engineering, BUTex; Prof. Syed Fakhrul Hassan, Dean, School of Science & Engineering, Southeast University and Prof. Dr. Engr. Md. Zulhash Uddin, Dean, Faculty of Textile Chemical Engineering, BUTex, accordingly. The event was moderated by Dr. Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem who is currently engaged as a Research Associate at the Department of Apparel of the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Two scholars from the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) also took part in the technical sessions, the conference was attended by the key personnel of textile industries, local and foreign delegates, teacher and students from different universities.

The Conference successfully demonstrated the possible constrains like barriers of industrialization, distribution of improper work forces, and instability of natural resources despite the second largest position in global apparel exports. The experts added in the conference; to expand the vision to export 50 billion USD by 2021 and becoming the number one in world textile & apparel market. Several keynote speakers were described technically mostly about technical textiles; which is the new value added research direction for the young scientists. Two scientists from Manchester University presented their work which were titled as ‘Effect of Ceramic Coatings on the Fire Protection of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Epoxy Composites’, and ‘Braiding: From Cordage to Composites’.

Alan Flack from Eurodye-CtC presented recent developments in low energy bleaching.
Figure 2: Alan Flack from Eurodye-CtC presented recent developments in low energy bleaching.

With the flourishing developments and export growth, at present Bangladesh is holding the second largest position in apparel export. However, our vision is; these days we are suffering for several obstacles to meet our vision such as gas and power crisis, water consumption, water and air pollution, skilled manpower as well as consumer safety and satisfaction. The value added researches can play a vital role in improving and overcoming these shortcomings” – was highlighted by most of the discussants.

The event was closed by revealing its doorstep for developing the young scientists and researchers by announcing “TRC Small Research Grant”. There are two small research grants available to support primary research in the field of textile & fashion. These awards, up to BDT 25000 in value and tenable for up to 12 months, will be provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.

The scheme opens – 1 December 2016

Deadline for Applicants – 10 February 2017

Deadline for Referees – 25 February 2017

Final Award Announcement expected – 31 March 2017

Earliest Award Start Date – 1 April 2017, Latest Award Start Date – 31 June 2017

The details and the application form can be found from Mid November 2016 at http://trc.clothinginstitute.org/

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