Leather Naturally extends sponsorship IULTCS Young Leather Scientist Grant

Release Date: March 18, 2022

Leather Naturally has been sponsoring the IULTCS Young Leather Scientists Grant competition with the Mike Redwood Grant of Euro 1.000/-- since 2020, initially for a period of three years. Due to the success of this program and the need to stimulate young scientists and promote leather science to continue supporting a circular society, Leather Naturally has offered to extend the collaboration until 2030.

With the Young Leather Scientist Grant award, IULTCS and Leather Naturally would like to make a meaningful contribution towards research in leather. The grants will be given through IULTCS to scientists as additional support at free disposal to promote upcoming innovative Leather Research

The Mike Redwood Grant focusses on innovative environmental techniques applied to the leather industry e.g. wastewater treatment, solid waste and emissions. Studies on sustainable leather processing, new chemicals for leather processing, analytical method development, carbon footprint and water management.

Egbert Dikkers, Chair of Leather Naturally adds ‘We are proud to have the name of our founder connected to this award. Together with the IULTCS and the young students, we will continue to educate society about the crucial role that leather takes in a circular society where nothing is wasted, and everything can be reused and ultimately recycled’.

Jean-Pierre Gualino, President of IULTCS says ‘at a time of so much global uncertainty it is very satisfying to see Leather Naturally making this valuable long-term commitment to our industry. The young scientists are the very people our industry needs to help us now and into the future, while their spirit and enthusiasm for our industry will be a major motivation to them, an additional financial incentive will only help to encourage them to work hard for our combined futures. I would like to extend my continuing thanks to Leather Naturally for this generous gesture and ensure them that the IULTCS will help find and reward these deserved individuals who can benefit our industry so much’.

Mike Redwood, founder of Leather Naturally added ‘It is a huge honour to be associated with this award. Encouraging young scientists from around the world into the world of leather is vital and should lead to fulfilling and rewarding careers. Research in these areas makes a meaningful contribution to ensuring leather maintains its place as a top material functionally and environmentally

More information on the Young Leather Scientist Grant can be found on the website of IULTCS IUR Research Commission > IULTCS

About Leather Naturally

Leather Naturally promotes the use of globally-manufactured sustainable leather. Its website www.leathernaturally.org is a key resource for information about modern leather manufacturing and the part it plays in a more sustainable society.

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IULTCS the aims of the Union are to foster cooperation between member societies, to hold congresses to further the advancement of leather science and technology, to form commissions for special studies and to establish international methods of samples and testing leather and materials associated with leather manufacture.

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