IUR Research Commission

International Union of Research Commission (IUR)

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 Chairman

Dr Michael Meyer

Young Leather Scientist Grants 2023 (now postponed until 2024) please contact us for more information

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 
  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  (contact Michael Meyer)

Young Leather Scientist Grants 2022

Leather Naturally Support the IULTCS Young Leather Scientist Grant Programme 2022

The 2022 YLSG will have two monetary grants in the following areas: Leather Research Grant (€ 1.500) and Mike Redwood Sustainability Grant (€ 1.000) funded by Leather Naturally.

Please submit the applications to Dr Michael Meyer, IUR Chair at Michael Meyer.

Applications rules and procedure

Complete Application Form – WORD Document

IUR Young Leather Scientist Award - Winners

Year Nominated Research Proposal Final Report
Year 2022 (Basic) Fitsum Etefa Ahmed

Studying anti-ectoparasitic activity of medicinal plant extracts in terms of reducing cockle damage on sheep and goat skin


Year 2022 (Environmental / Sustainability) Louret Atsenga Andalo

Extraction of natural dye (batalain) from beetroot peels (Beta Vulgaris) and application in Leather dyeing using bio-mordant


YLSG 2021 (Environmental / Sustainability) Caroline Borges Agustini

Hydrocarbons release during the biodegradation of solid waste from tanneries for biogas production.



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YLSG 2021 (Basic Research) Hon Wei Ng

Study on molecular level collagen structure changes of enzymatic depilation using XRay Scattering


YLSG 2020 (Basic Research) Dr. Megha Mehta

Investigating the structural differences of hides, skins and leather throughout the different processing stages.


YLSG 2020 (Machinery) Dr. Nilay Ork Efendioglu

Determining leather properties required for 3d simulation programs and obtaining realistic visualizations.


YLSG 2020 (Environmental/Sustainability) Dr. Wenkai Zhang

Fate of biocides used in leather industry and their environmental impact.


YLSG 2019 Ms. Catherine A. Maidment

Investigating the proteomic profiles of cattle hide resulting in loose and tight leather throughout early processing stages


YLSG 2019 Md. Shahruk Nur-A-Tomal

Recycling tannery solid wastes and post-consumer leather products as an alternative carbon resource for steelmaking: an environmentally sustainable approach


YLSG 2018 Mr. Yi Zhang

What makes leather stronger? A mechanistic study on the effect of natural/artificial cross-links on tensile strength using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)


YLSG 2017 Mr. Santiago Ortiz-Monsalve

Treatment of tannery dye-containing effluents using native fungal strains


YLSG 2016 Md. Shahruk Nur-A-Tomal

A novel method to preserve goat skin with indigenous plant extract to reduce chloride load in the effluent


YLSG 2015 Dr. Yunhang Zeng

Investigation of Mass Transfer and Action Mechanism of Enzymes in Unhairing and Bating Processes using Fluorescence Tracing



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 Click here to contact Secret Review
2016 Dr. Sanjeev Gupta CLRI India Nano-Finish Formulations for High Performance Leathers Click here to contact Download
2015 Dr. Marco Nogarole Ikem Srl Italy GREEN LIFE: GREEN Leather Industry For the Environment Click here to contact Download

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.

Interactive Map

Database of Leather Congresses and Regional Meetings

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

2020 Events Location Program
SLTC 123rd International Conference The University of Northampton – UK Download


2017 Events Location Program
6th Freiberg Leather Days Oisterwijk, Netherlands Download
113th ALCA Convention Pinehurst, USA Download
XXXIV IULTCS Congress Chennai, India Download


2016 Events Location Program
5th Freiberg Leather Days Freiberg, Germany Download
112th ALCA Convention Oglebay, USA Download
XXXIV IULTCS Congress Chennai, India Download


2015 Events Location Program
4th Freiberg Leather Days Freiberg, Germany
111th ALCA Convention Pinehurst, USA Download
XXXIII IULTCS Congress Novo Hamburgo, Brazil Download


2014 Events Location Program
3rd Freiberg Leather Days Freiberg, Germany
AICLST Okayama, Japan Download
110th ALCA Convention Saratoga Springs, USA Download


2013 Events Location Program
2nd Freiberg Leather Days Freiberg, Germany
XXXII IULTCS Congress Istanbul, Turkey Download
109th ALCA Convention Pinehurst, USA Download

Leather Journals