Passion for cotton at a glance

Preliminary Programme 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

The conference is held every two years by the Fibre Institute Bremen and Bremen Cotton Exchange. In the historic town hall of the hanseatic city of Bremen, experts from all over the world meet to discuss cotton from yield to fabric.

Agenda Overview

  • 09:30 – 12:00

    ICAC Task Force on CommercialStandardization of Cotton Testing [CSITC]
    Observers Welcome

    BBB 405/406

    12:00 – 13:00

    Universal Standard Agreement

    BBB 407

    14:00 – 18:00

    ITMF Cotton Testing Committee
    Observers Welcome

    BBB 405/406

  • 09:00 – 13:00

    Young Professionals Programme
    Creating the Cotton World of 2040

    BBB 506

    09:00 – 13:00

    ITMF Cotton Testing Committee (cont.)
    Observers Welcome

    BBB 406

    10:00 – 18:00

    Weser Kurier Event


    13:00 – 17:00

    Conference Registration
    International Cotton Conference Bremen

    BBB Foyer

    14:00 – 18:00

    Spinning & Textile Seminar

    BBB 406


    SUSTAIN Reception
    Weser Kurier Event



    President’s Diner
    Evening Event – on INVITATION ONLY

    to be announced

  • 08:00 – 18:00

    Conference Registration
    International Cotton Conference Bremen

    Town Hall

    09:45 – 10:30

    Conference Opening

    Kristina Vogt
    Senator for Economics, Labour and Europe, Bremen, Germany

    Jens Lukaczik
    President, Bremer Baumwollbörse, Bremen, Germany

    Axel Herrmann
    Director, Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE), Bremen, Germany

    Town Hall

    10:30 – 12:15

    Conference Keynote Session: Cotton and Textiles

    Chairman: Bill Ballenden, Dragontree, Swindon, UK

    Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, Washington DC, USA

    Andreas Streubig, Director Global Sustainability, Hugo Boss AG, Metzingen, Germany

    Rüdiger Senft, Head of Sustainability, Commerzbank, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

    Town Hall

    12:00 – 13:00

    Committee for Standards and for the Determination of Value Differences and for Price Quotations

    BBB 405

    12:15 – 12:30

    Presentation Young Professionals
    Mark Messura

    Town Hall

    13:30 – 15:30

    Conference Session II: A Wider View

    Chairman: Thomas Schneider, HTW, Berlin, Germany

    Cotton in a digital supply chain
    Mark Messura, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA

    The Secret Ingredient for on time, low cost and high-quality cotton garments
    Roger Gilmartin, Tri-Blend Consulting, Charlotte, NC, USA

    Developments in the cotton, textile & apparel value chain in Africa
    Navdeep Singh Sodhi (requested)Gherzi Textil Organisation AG, Switzerland

    Women in Cotton Initiative
    Amy Jackson, ICA, Liverpool, UK

    Town Hall

    15:30 – 16:00

    Introduction to the Posters / Coffee Break

    Town Hall

    16:00 – 18:00

    Conference Session III: Innovative textile and technical products

    Chairman: Michael Jänecke, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

    Use of sustainable cotton fibres in Euro banknotes
    Bernadette O’Brien, European Central Bank, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

    Material farming: growing cotton with unique functions
    Filipe Natalio, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

    Innovative cotton fabrics for interior textiles and functional apparel
    Matthias Böhme / Daniel Odermatt, Textile Solutions & Consulting / Norafin / Stotz Fabrics, Germany / Switzerland

    3D design of cotton/flax clothing aiding the medical treatment of skin diseases
    Iwona Frydrych, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz,Poland

    Town Hall

    16:00 – 18:00

    Conference Session IV: Textile Processing

    Chairman: Stefan Schmidt, IVGT e.V., Frankfurt a.M., Germany

    Challenges and technologies for processing recycled raw materials in spinning mills
    Stephan Baz, DITF, Denkendorf, Germany

    Spinning with a high short fiber content
    Harald Schwippl, Rieter Machine Works Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland

    TC19i with T-GO: A new chapter in carding technology
    Ansgar Paschen, Trützschler Spinning GmbH, Mönchengladbach, Germany

    Cotton Contamination – Experiences with Total Contamination Control
    Oswald Baldischwieler, Uster Technologies AG, Uster, Switzerland

    BBB 406

  • 08:00 – 17:00

    Conference Registration
    International Cotton Conference Bremen

    Town Hall

    08:00 – 10:00

    Conference Session V: Cotton Quality and Testing

    Chairman: Darryl Earnest, USDA, AMS, Cotton Program, Memphis, TN, USA

    Contaminants in cotton – still a major issue for high quality products
    Marinus van der Sluijs, Textile Technical Services, Geelong, VIC, Australia

    Steps towards suitable stickiness test results for trading and processing
    Jean-Paul Gourlot; Axel Drieling, CIRAD, Montpellier, France; Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., Bremen, Germany

    Stickiness measurement in the cotton quality testing
    Gabriele Salvinelli, MESDAN S.p.A.,Puegnago del Garda, Italy

    The important role of the Universal Cotton Standards
    James Knowlton, USDA, AMS, Cotton Program, Memphis, TN, USA

    Town Hall

    10:00 – 10:30

    Presentation of the Young Professionals Posters / Coffee Break

    Town Hall

    11:00 – 13:00

    Conference Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Circular Economy – the Future?

    Chairman: Simon Ferrigno, Sustainable & Organic Farm Systems, Derby, UK

    Pamela Ravasio, Shirahime, Adliswil, Switzerland

    Kjersti Kviseth, 2025 Design, Jar, Norway

    Rolf Heimann, hessnatur Stiftung, Butzbach, Germany

    Mary Ankeny, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA

    Ernst Grimmelt, Velener Textil GmbH, Velen, Germany

    Town Hall

    12:00 – 14:00

    CICCA (on Invitation only)
    Meeting and Lunch

    BBB 405/406

    13:30 – 15:15

    Conference Session VII: Annual Guest Country: Ethiopia

    Chairman: Sileshi Lemma (requested), ETIDI , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Session Opening
    Her Excellency Mrs Mulu Solomon Bezuneh (req.), Ambassador of the F.D.R. of Ethiopia, Berlin, Germany

    Cotton production, quality and future prospects in Ethiopia
    Mesele Mekuria / Asefa Aga (requested), ETIDI / ECPGEA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Status, current developments and future plans for the development of the textile/garment industry in Ethiopia
    Goshu Negash (requested), ETGAMA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Experience with building up new processing capacity in Ethiopia for Ethiopian companies
    Eyob Bekele (requested), DESTA PLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Experience of an international company with investments in textile/garment industry in Ethiopia
    Jabar (requested), DBL Group / Velocity Apparel, Ethiopia

    Town Hall

    15:15 – 15:45

    Introduction to the Posters / Coffee Break

    Town Hall

    15:45 – 17:30

    Conference Session VIII: Breeding, Production, Ginning

    Chairman: Gaylon Morgan, Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, USA

    Deltapine Variety Yield and Fiber Quality Improve­ments in the US from the pre-transgenic era (1980’s) to 3rd generation traited varieties (2018-2019)
    David Albers, Bayer Crop Science, St. Louis, MO, USA

    Robotics in cotton harvesting
    Alex Thomasson, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

    Plastic Detection and Removal Systems: Research and Working Solutions for Cotton Gins
    Greg Holt, USDA-ARS, Lubbock, TX, USA

    Cotton in India
    Akhil Kakkirala, Kaveri Exports, Hyderabad, India

    Town Hall


    Farewell Speach
    Axel Drieling, Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., Bremen, Germany
    Elke Hortmeyer, Bremer Baumwollbörse, Bremen, Gremany

    Town Hall


    (Opening at 19:00)


  • 09:00 – 11:00

    Conference Session IX: Expert Insights I – technical insights

    Chairman: Erich Ingelsberger, Textechno Herbert Stein GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach, Germany

    Lint cleaner feed mechanisms affect fiber length uniformity
    Carlos Armijo, USDA-ARS Southwestern Cotton Ginning Res. Lab., Mesilla, NM, USA

    Production of carded compact cotton yarn of comparable quality to the combed conventional ring yarn
    Mohamed Negm, Cotton Research Institute, Giza, Egypt

    New insert reduces yarn hairiness of fine count ring spun yarns
    Stuart Gordon, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia

    Developments and implementation of HVI elongation standards
    Chris Delhom, USDA Agricultural Research Service, New Orleans, LA, USA

    BBB 406

    11:30 – 13:30

    Conference Session X: Expert Insights II – conceptional insights

    Chairman: Allan Williams, CRDC, Narrabri, Australia

    Passion for Sustainability
    Suzanne Barratt, BASF, Ecully, France

    Challenges and prospects of organic cotton: Experience of bioRe as pioneering entity
    Vivek Kumar Rawal, bioRe India, Kasrawad, India

    Monitoring cotton fields from space with radar satellite data
    Sabrina Melchionna, Melchionna – Remote Sensing, Bremen, Germany

    Interaction between the human body and textiles
    Małgorzata Matusiak, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland

    BBB 406

    11:30 – 15:00

    Open Laboratory
    Bremen Cotton Exchange and EcoMaT

    BBB Laboratory

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