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Statement of IUR mission

The optimum basis for a sustainable leather industry is a high performance leather article and a positive image of the leather making process. The development of a best practice technology, continuous improvement of the leather making process, and development of state-of-the-art eco-friendly chemicals are keys for success. These need to be supported by sound scientific processes and entrepreneurial innovation. It is the aim of the IUR to encourage global research projects and establish technology platforms to meet these requirements.

IUR Criteria for Platform Technologies 

IUR criteria for platform technologies include Research and Development projects for:

  1. New chemicals, which are safe in use and harmless to health and environment after application
  2. New process technologies, which minimize the generation of waste, by-products and pollution of waste water
  3. New process technologies, which lead to a better carbon footprint of leather (? minimize energy consumption)
  4. New engineering technologies and applications, which offer reuse or recycling options for generated process waste
  5. leather articles with a long durability, good biodegradability or new recycling options


IUR Certification Process for Leather R&D Projects - Help for project funding -

In early 2010 the IUR released a certification process which would recognize legitimate R&D projects in institutes, companies and universities testifying that the proposed project would:

  1. Conform to industry approved Research Platforms,
  2. Meet minimum scientific criteria for integrity of research design,
  3. Address identified needs of the global leather industry.

It is our belief that certification from a global authenticating body such as the IUR could elevate the importance of a proposed project in an appropriation request or project funding competition, thus assisting the applicant in obtaining necessary project funding by allowing the project to get prioritized above other R&D proposals.

The IUR can ensure applicants that any identified confidential information provided for evaluation will not be disclosed and will be treated with 100% confidentiality if requested.

The intent of this process is to once again promote the use of this available instrument. Application for certification is simple and provides legitimate support from the IULTCS for leather projects.

More detailed process information and the necessary application steps are laid out in the attachments below.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly by email if there are any questions  (michael.meyer@filkfreiberg.de)

Young Leather Scientist Awards 2020

The 2020 YLSG will have three monetary grants in the following areas: Basic Research, Machinery/Equipment and Sustainability/Environmental. Please submit the applications to Dr Michael Meyer, IUR Chair at michael.meyer@filkfreiberg.de.

IUR Young Leather Scientist Award - Winners

Year Nominated Research Proposal Final Report
YSLG 2020 (Basic Research) Dr. Megha Mehta
YLSG 2020 (Machinery) Mr. Nilay Ork Efendioglu
YLSG 2020 (Environmental/Sustainability) Dr. Wenkai Zhang
YLSG 2019 Ms. Catherine A. Maidment
YLSG 2019 Md. Shahruk Nur-A-Tomal
YLSG 2018 Mr. Yi Zhang
YLSG 2017 Mr. Santiago Ortiz-Monsalve
YLSG 2016 Md. Shahruk Nur-A-Tomal
YLSG 2015 Dr. Yunhang Zeng

Information on the approved Research Project Plan

Date Scientist Institution Country Title Email address Research Proposal
2016 Dr. A. Gnamanani CSIR-CLRI India Leather and leather apparel DNA Barcoding: An approach to develop genetic algorithm based scanner for identification of animal origin Secret Review
2016 Dr. Sanjeev Gupta CLRI India Nano-Finish Formulations for High Performance Leathers
2015 Dr. Marco Nogarole Ikem Srl Italy GREEN LIFE: GREEN Leather Industry For the Environment

Global Leather R&D Organizations

Please click to choose between the Spreadsheet view or the Interactive Map to obtain the information.

We appreciate your help with additions and corrections. Mail information to Dr Michael Meyer: michael.meyer@filkfreiberg.de


IUR Scientific documents

Database of Leather Congresses and Regional Meetings

We appreciate your collaboration by sending us information of other events with programs.

2017 events Location Program

6th Freiberg Leather Days

Oisterwijk, Netherlands

113th ALCA Convention

Pinehurst, USA


Chennai, India

2016 events Location Program

5th Freiberg Leather Days

Freiberg, Germany

112th ALCA Convention

Oglebay, USA


Chennai, India

2015 events Location Program

4th Freiberg Leather Days

Freiberg, Germany

111th ALCA Convention

Pinehurst, USA


Novo Hamburgo, Brazil

2014 events Location Program

3rd Freiberg Leather Days

Freiberg, Germany


Okayama, Japan

110th ALCA Convention

Saratoga Springs, USA

2013 events Location Program

2nd Freiberg Leather Days

Freiberg, Germany


Istanbul, Turkey

109th ALCA Convention

Pinehurst, USA