The workshop „The Role of Innovation, in Particular for Textile/Clothing and ICT Sectors“ organized within the project FP7–REGPOT–2008–1–229801: T–Pot was held from 21st till 23rd September 2009 in the Hall of the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
The workshop was organized jointly by the Faculty of Textile Technology University of Zagreb in the framework of project FP7-REGPOT-2008-1-229801: Unlocking the Croatian Textile Research Potentials (T-Pot) http://www.t-pot.eu and the Croatian Chamber of Economy in the framework of project CIP Enterprise Europe Network Croatia http://www.een.hr . The participants of the workshop were introduced to the following topics: Innovations, Application of Innovations in the field of Textile and Clothing, as well as the Application of Innovations in ICT sector.
Workshop „The Role of Innovation, in Particular for Textile/Clothing and ICT Sectors“ was opened by the introduction of Vesna Torbarina, Croatian coordinator of CIP project Enterprise Europe Network Croatia and Sandra Bishof Vukušić, coordinator of project FP7-REGPOT-2008-1-229801: Unlocking the Croatian Textile Research Potentials (T-Pot). They welcomed the participants and briefly presented their projects.
The first lecturer was Srđan Novak, from the Office of Technology Transfer, University of Zagreb, with the theme Commercialization of innovation. He referred to the three functions of modern universities in the knowledge economy - higher education, scientific research, manufacturing innovation and technology transfer.
Ante Mamić, from BICRO presented a System of subsidizing of knowledge-based society through BICRO, and has stressed the importance of the period from idea to the product, then the importance of encouraging the technology transfer and development of innovative products.
Innovation - Protection and IPR was a very interesting lecture presented by Petra Franitza from STFI. Ms. Franitza emphasized that the innovations are key to success and emphasized the necessity of the innovation protection.
Final topic of the first day of the workshop Croatian Textile Portals was presented by Željko Penava and Sandra Bischof Vukušić, from Faculty of Textile Technology. Prof. Penava stressed that the Internet can be used as a means of communication and connectivity of the individuals, consumers, industry, scientific research centres in order to encourage coordination and continuous development of scientific or artistic research. Prof. Bischof presented the novel activity within the T-pot project Portal of the Textile Science Research Centre (http://www.ts-rc.eu ).
Second day began with a lecture of Jordi Mota from the Spanish technological center LEITAT titled: How to innovate in the sector of textile / clothing? Jordi Mota, Ph.D. explained that innovation thinking means a breakthrough action, which can re-structure the related knowledge and experience to get a brand new and valuable achievement.
The second lecture was given by Zlatko Ivanković, on Textile Clusters: Croatian Cluster for Special Clothing. In his lecture Mr. Ivankovic said that one of the best ways to achieve competitiveness of SMEs is their association in clusters and that the innovation is best achieved through the cooperation.
Next presented issue was Innovation in technical textiles. This attractive topic was presented by Romy Naumann. (STFI). Romy Naumann has noted numerous examples of the importance of technical textiles, and its widespread use.
The next topic was presented by Elena Turco, from the Italian company GZE, which had a lecture on the GZE's concept of full design service. Elena Turco, has indicated the possibilities of obtaining new practical and touchable products able to exploit the peculiarities of the new material, find new potential application fields and stimulates its grow on the market.
Final lecture on the second day workshop held by Malgorzata Zimniewska, from INFMP. Topic of the lecture was Innovation in UV protection by textiles. INFMP has studied options to improve the UV protection of textiles with the help of fabric density and fiber finish using nanolignin. Knowing the properties of lignin, which is a natural ultraviolet radiation absorber, this Polish Institute made a study on the impact on nanolignin in UV protection of textiles.
Third day of the workshop began with a lecture of Ebonita Ćurković from the Croatian Institute of Technology on the topic of ICT in FP7. Mrs. Ćurković referred to Croatian low participation within ICT section and she ended her lecture with instructions on how to improve participation. Proposed models are: motivating scientists and institutions, increasing network of partners, better presentation of the possibilities and potentials during the info days, conferences and workshops.
The most interesting lecture, according to the results of the questionnaire, was given by Elena Turco, from the Italian company GZE, who presented an innovative design using ICT integration of electroluminescent devices into protective garments. She provided a brief overview on the occurrence of integration of certain devices in clothes, and then explained the possible ways of integration. Next presentation ICT Cluster was held by Boris Krstanović from Multilink who gave the overview of Croatian ICT industry and presented ICT Cluster initiatives.
Jordi Mota, presented Case study of successful FP6 project: Innotex. Within the Sixth Framework Program, LEITAT Institute coordinated the Innotex project and developed a tool that is designed to improve productivity in the textile industry. With the help of this tool it is able to improve the process in which the permanent innovation processes lead to increased productivity quality of the final textile products.
Final lecture at a workshop was held by Davor Aničić, from Rudjer Innovations. He presented case study of spin-off company ''Ruđer Inovacije''. The lecture stressed the importance of the commercialization of innovation and technology transfer. Mr. Aničić also noted that the successful completion of the project requires strong linkages between academia and business sector. In this way envolved SMEs will become more competitive and fulfil the market needs.
At this workshop, Croatian lecturers demonstrated the great potential of scientific research and innovations, as well as opportunities to offer the related activities to other institutions or small and medium-sized enterprises with the final goal to be equally involved in European Research Area (ERA).
Lecturers from the European Union provided concrete examples of good practice, where the innovation has led to a new product, process or service and thereby ensured its competitiveness in the market. Their input was made through the presentation, but even more through their active involvement in the discussion held after the lectures.
Figure 1: Second day of the workshop: Coordinator Sandra Bischof Vukušić and lecturers
Jordi Mota, Rommy Naumann and Zlatko Ivanković.
Figure 2: Third day of the workshop: Ebonita Ćurković, Sandra Bischof Vukušić
and Boris Krstanović.
Figure 3: Workshop end: Delivery of Certificates to lecturers.