by Javier Miró

International Forum on Advanced and Digitalised Smart Textiles (IFAST)

Lisbon, 15-16 June 2021

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An International Forum on Advanced and Digitalised Smart Textiles (IFAST) will be held in Lisbon (Portugal), on 15-16 June 2021, with the objective to evaluate the development of advanced smart textiles in the European defence sector, aiming at laying the foundation of a possible European future dual use programme for multifunctional smart textiles.

The event is organised within a European Defence Agency (EDA) project, “Smart textiles in defence: looking at the soldiers of the future (STILE)”, targeting the reach of a proof of concept of a multifunctional smart textile model in defence. Due to its peculiarities, the STILE model is embedded within the dual use ecosystem, that is expected to get the attention of the EU industrial/research policy in the upcoming years.

The event will gather relevant stakeholders coming from relevant governmental defence bodies, industry (dual use), academia and R&T communities, as well as European institutions and organizations.

Smart textiles are a new generation of materials and systems with very interesting multifunctional properties (camouflage, moisture management, electronics integrated in textiles, etc.). These properties, together with the possibility of being integrated into uniforms and platforms have drawn the attention of the defence stakeholders.

In this context, the European Defence Agency (EDA) has incorporated the Smart Textiles to the Strategy Research Agenda (SRA) of the CapTech Materials & Structures, and a Technology Building Block (TBB) is devoted to this area. Furthermore, other EDA CapTechs, such as the CBRN and Human Factors as well as Ground Systems have performed initiatives related to “Smart Textiles”.

The STILE Exhibition Centre is composed of an Exhibition Area, where industries involved in smart textiles can have their stand to show their products, and a Conference Area, organised in the following panels:

  • Panel 1. Foresighting advanced and digitalised smart textiles in the European defence sector.
  • Panel 2. Visualising a European dual use programme for multifunctional smart textiles.

The STILE Exhibition Centre Organising Committee welcomes you to the International Forum on Advanced Smart Textiles.

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