35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

From 25 – 27 March 2020, the Bremen Cotton Exchange and the Fibre Institute Bremen will host the 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen. The conference will again be accompanied by a complete Bremen Cotton Week (23 – 27 March) of additional cotton and textile related meetings and workshops.

For the first time in 2020, a Young Professionals Programme is being launched in Bremen; a programme that will provide budding experts or young professionals, for example from the areas of cotton trade, sourcing, design, product management, textile technology and others, with first-hand insights into the global cotton and textile industry. Specialists with insider knowledge at all levels of the value chain will be available for direct and personal discussions and to establish contact.

The Young Professionals Programme agenda is especially tailored to the needs of its participants and is open to applicants under the age of 35 with less than 8 years’ experience in the industry and who

  • work in the cotton/textile industry or research
  • have just finished, or are close to finishing university
  • are trainees

The aim of the Young Professional Programme is to look together into the future of cotton as a raw material for the textile industry and derive models for the future. In addition, it should make clear what expectations young people connect with the profession over the next 20 years. The Young Professionals Programme will run parallel to the Cotton Conference. It starts on Tuesday, March 24th and ends on Thursday, March 26th.

  • On every day of the programme, the young professionals can be accompanied by mentors if required. The mentors offer an introduction to the cotton conference, answer questions about conference topics and arrange contacts with experts.
  • As early as March 23rd, the development forum ICAspire will take place. It includes a networking dinner and is organised by the International Cotton Association (ICA). Interested participants of the Young Professionals Programme are also welcome.
  • The official Young Professionals Programme will start on March 24th with a Bremen Creative Seminar. Participants will be given the task of designing the cotton world of the future in the fields of production, processing and retail.
  • During the opening of the conference on March 25th, the participants of the programme will be introduced to the conference guests, initiating a lively exchange of experiences.
  • Leading figures from the world organisations, for example from the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), the International Cotton Association (ICA) and from Cotton Incorporated will be available for discussions with the newcomers and help setting up future scenarios. This means that specialists from cotton farming, but also from processing and from research will be present.
  • On March 26th, the young professionals will present the results of their creative seminar. Afterwards, there will be time for informal conversation and networking in pleasant atmosphere during the Bremen Cotton Night in the Bremen Ratskeller.

Participation in the Young Professionals Programme is included in the conference fee, which is reduced for all Young Professional Programme participants by 50%. For students, participation is free of charge.


in addition to the general conference programme

23 March (Mon. evening)

ICAspire Development Forum and Networking Dinner*

24 March (Tue. morning)

Bremen Creative Seminar: Creating the cotton world of 2040

25 March (Wed. afternoon)

Afternoon tea with the heads of the important international cotton and textile organisations (planned incl. ICAC, ICA, ITMF, Cotton Incorporated and others)

26 March (Thu. morning)

Poster presentation by the Young Professionals and the results of the Creative Seminar

26 March (Thu. evening)

Bremen Cotton Night: Introductions and personal exchange with stakeholders from around the world

For the entire duration of the programme, a mentor will guide and advise the participants through the cotton week.

*ICAspire events are designed for people who work for companies that are members of the International Cotton Association (ICA) and are either under the age of 40 or in the first five years of their cotton careers.

→ more information about ICAspire


If you are interested in the Young Professionals Programme, or have any questions, please e-mail Johanne Hesselbach ( Official registration begins on 16 September 2019.

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