08/03/2022

Winners of Two 2022 IULTCS Young Leather Scientist Grants for Research Announced

News Release from the IULTCS

The Executive Committee of the IULTCS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 IUR research grants to be awarded to two young scientists, under the age of 35. The monetary awards help support the work of young talent in the leather sector.

This is the eighth year of the grants which have been generously supported by industry and IULTCS alike. The Selection Committee of the IULTCS Research Commission (IUR), chaired by Dr Michael Meyer, is pleased to announce the following recipients:

Young Leather Scientist Grant 2022 Basic Research

Fitsum Etefa Ahmed from the Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology. IULTCS has provided the monetary sponsorship for a single sum of €1,500 grant to Basic Research. The title of the project is ‘Study of anti-ectoparasitic activity of medicinal plant extracts in terms of reducing cockle damage on sheep and goat skin’.

Dr Mike Redwood Young Leather Scientist Grant 2022 Sustainability / Environmental Award

Louret Atsenga Andalo, from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya will be the beneficiary of the generosity of Leather Naturally who have sponsored the €1,000 grant for the project entitled ‘Extraction of natural dye (batalain) from beetroot peel (Beta Vulgaris) and application in leather dyeing using bio-mordant’.

The grants have been very successful and well received by industry. Referring to the awardees of the 2021 grants Dr Meyer said “We are very happy that the research results of last year’s two awardees were presented at the perfectly organised IULTCS Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last November. Although the number of physical participants was limited, due to the pandemic, we had the chance to attend the remote presentations delivered by Dr Caroline Agustini (Brazil) and Dr Nilay Ork (Turkey).

This year we again received some strong new proposals and two of them have been selected. We look forward to seeing the research outcomes from Fitsum and Louret of the projects we are supporting and wish them every success as they contribute to expanding our industry knowledge.”

The two proposals can be downloaded from the IULTCS website. IUR Research Commission > IULTCS

It is also the opportunity to announce the next call for applications for YLSG 2023. The submission deadline of the next round is 30 November 2022. Details of the eligibility requirements and application forms will be available on the IULTCS website (www.iultcs.org) in May. The IULTCS requests that readers of this announcement forward the information to those institutions and individuals who could benefit from the award.

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For editorial Information: Christine Anscombe     Email: chris.anscombe@satra.com

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