This symposium will represent a unique opportunity to gather together experts from different research and industrial field working on electronic textiles. This research field has a strongly multidisciplinary character as it requires an extremely wide range of expertise and skills, spanning from materials, physics, chemistry, engineering, medicine and social issues. The focus is on fiber–based materials with novel smart functionalities that allow to envisage innovative and breakthrough applications in wearable or diagnostic–oriented technologies. The attention is not limited to the characterization, design, and development of novel materials, smart textiles and sensing devices, but it also targets issues related to the production and commercial exploitation of innovative materials and garments.
Technology transfer issues are particularly relevant for new classes of high-tech materials and products and this symposium is very keen on devoting a special session on this topic, addressing the challenges and the opportunities faced by start-ups and small high tech companies interested in investing in this exciting and fast growing research field.