IULTCS Young Leather Scientist Grant Programme 2023 Announced

The Executive Committee of the IULTCS is pleased to announce the 2023 grants to be awarded to three young scientists, under the age of 35, for research projects in the categories: Basic Leather Research, Machinery / Testing and Sustainability / Environment – to be conducted at a recognised institution in 2023.

As in previous years Leather Naturally will again sponsor the Dr Mike Redwood Sustainability/Environment grant with the monetary sum of €1,000 sponsorship and Erretre will similary sponsor the Machinery / Testing grant also with a sum of €1,000. In addition, IULTCS is delighted to receive the support of a new sponsor, Tyson Foods, who will provide a €1,500 Basic Leather Research grant for research on the topics such as innovative leather processing, new chemicals for leather processing, analytical method development, hide/skin preservation, environmental studies applied to the tanneries, tannery waste treatment and basic research in collagen and leather.

2023 will be the ninth year of the grant and Professor Michael Meyer, Chairman of the International Union Research Commission (IUR) of IULTCS and Research Director at Freiberg (Germany) based FILK Freiberg Leather Institute expressed his appreciation of the continued engagement: “We are very happy to announce the award for the 9th year. The detailed project results of previous winners are presented in their reports on the IULTCS web site. It is worthwhile reviewing these substantial and significant investigations. We very much value the contribution of all sponsors to our YLSG programme. It is a vital instrument to encourage young leather scientists to acquire awareness and become more connected to the established research community of our industry. We have seen the programme growing stronger over the past years. Last year´s awards resulted in numerous, ambitious applications with innovative ideas and sustainable technologies.”

Application submissions for the 2023 YLSG programme open on 01 October 2022 and Luis Zugno, immediate past President and now secretary of IULTCS, asks young research talents of the industry to file innovative and thought-provoking project ideas before the 30 November 2022 deadline.

Details of the eligibility requirements are available on the IULTCS website YSLG_application_rules_and_procedure_2023.pdf (iultcs.org)  The IULTCS requests that readers of this announcement forward the information to those institutions and individuals who could benefit from the award.