Moda Sostenible 4.0: Technological transformation in the sustainable fashion industry. A compassionate world in which textiles enhance sustainability and quality of life for all

Textiles are “quite literally woven into the fabric of humanity and life itself”. This was a statement made by a Wilson College of Textiles student when asked what textiles means to them. When considering that the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the requirement to have a flexible supply of textile materials to not only enable societies around the world prosper, but survive, the student’s perspective resonates. When combined with the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals, and the urgent requirement for governments and industry to collaborate to prevent an environmental catastrophe, it is clear that an industry-academia-government initiative to re-imagine textile design, manufacture, supply, innovation and marketing is warranted. This presentation will focus on the challenges and incredible opportunities facing the textile industry, both locally and globally. The need for a renewed focus on talent supply of next generation designers, engineers, scientists, and management personnel, as well as trained operators, to drive innovative and more sustainable products and processes will be reviewed.

The conference will be held in English without translation.


David Hinks
Hinks graduated from the University of Leeds in the UK where earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Colour Chemistry in 1989 and 1993, respectively. After post-doctoral work and industry experience, in 1998, he joined NC State as a faculty member in the Wilson College of Textiles. In 2010, he was appointed the Cone Mills Distinguished Professor of Textile Chemistry. He has mentored over 50 post graduate students, post docs, visiting scholars and undergraduate students in research in the field of textile and color chemistry, and published more than 150 peer reviewed and conference papers. In 2014 he was appointed as Interim and later permanent Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles, which houses over 900 undergraduates, 240 graduate students, and 140 faculty and staff. The Wilson College has an endowment of greater than $80 million and earns research and service contracts of over $6 million per year. The Wilson College provides talent and sustainable economic prosperity innovation both locally and globally.

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