Seventy-two speakers from 15 nations will gather in Melbourne next week to discuss every facet of the textile industry at the Textile Institute 81st World Conference.
 
Being held from 1-4 April at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the event has attracted leading practitioners in the textile industry from around the world. It will be opened by Dougal Pleasance, conference convenor and president of the The Textile Institute's Southern Australia Section.
 
Speakers include Dr Ann Whitaker from NASA who will look at how and why fibres are so important in the space programme. Keith Silkstone, from UK retailer Marks & Spencer will explore genetically modified cotton from a retailer's perspective as well as the current trend of manufacturer's becoming more responsible for the safety of their clothes.

Dr Nigel Johnson will take a look at the exciting developments in the area of intelligent wearable materials; Dr Garth Carnaby, president of The Textile Institute, and Terry Henessy, director general of The Textile Institute in the UK, will discuss present and future trends for Australia and overseas countries in the textile industry.

Peter Corish from Cotton Australia will explore the future of cotton in Australia; and Karen Webster from Melbourne¹s RMIT University will predict a revolution in the textile industry based on her recent visit to Paris.

The full conference program can be viewed at: http://www.mcigroup.com/textile.htm