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12th AUTEX World Textile Conference hosted by the City of Zadar 13-15 June 2012
By Darko Žubrinić
Published on 08/23/2012
The AUTEX Conference provided an excellent opportunity to bring together European and world scientists and engineers from academy, national research institutes and companies to present and discuss the latest results in the general field of textile materials, technologies, fashion and marketing. In 2011, Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb celebrated 50th anniversary of its existence. The city of Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world.

Organized by Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb

The AUTEX Conference provided an excellent opportunity to bring together European and world scientists and engineers from academy, national research institutes and companies to present and discuss the latest results in the general field of textile materials, technologies, fashion and marketing. The AUTEX World Conference is the premier location for the international community of AUTEX members to present their research and interact with top researchers, scientists, students and industry.

In 2011, Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb celebrated 50th anniversary of its existence. The continuation of the successful work and activities of the Faculty in 2012 surely represents the organization of the International Conference AUTEX 2012, taking the Faculty into the second century half of its existence.

Organizing committee of the AUTEX Conference in Zadar.
In the first row professors Darko Ujević, Ana Marija Grancarić and Budimir Mijović.

    President of the Conference:
    Darko UJEVIC

    Vice – president of the Conference:
    Slavenka PETRAK

    Organizing committee:
    Budimir MIJOVIC (President)
    Martinia Ira GLOGAR
    Zenun SKENDERI
    Ivan NOVAK
    Emilija ZDRAVEVA

    International Scientific Committee:
    Ana Marija GRANCARIC (President)

    Dominique ADOLPHE (ENSISA, France)
    Maria Elizabete CABECO SILVA (University of Minho, Portugal)
    Emanuele CARPANZANO (University of Bergamo, Italy)
    Chokri CHERIF (Technical Univeristy of Dresden, Germany)
    Antonella CURTEZA (University of Iasi, Romania)
    Chris CARR (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
    Francisco Javier CARRION-FITE (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain)
    Krste DIMITROVSKI (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
    Manuel Jose DOS SANTOS SILVA (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)
    Kerim DURAN (Ege University, Turkey)
    Franco FERRERO (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
    Katarzyna GRABOWSKA (Technical University of Lodz, Poland)
    Thomas GRIES (RWTH – Aachen, Germany)
    Sung Hoon JEONG (Hanyang University, South Korea)
    Vladan KONCAR (ENSAIT, France)
    Paul KIEKENS (Ghent University, Belgium)
    Sybille KRZYWINSKI (Dresden Univeristy, Germany)
    Yordan KYOSEV (Neiderrhein University, Germany)
    Yi LI (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
    Carmen LOGHIN (Technical University of Iasi, Romania)
    Alenka MAJCEN LE MARECHAL (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
    Jiri MILITKY (Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic)
    Pertti NOUSIAINEN (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
    Margarita NEZNAKOMOVA (Sofia University of Technology, Bulgaria)
    Wiliam OXENHAM (North Carolina State University, USA)
    Ron POSTLE (University of New South Wales, Australia)
    Faouzi SAKLI (University of Monastir, Tunisia)
    Savvas VASSILIADIS (TEI Piraeus, Greece)
    Laurence SCHACHER (ENSISA, France)
    Sigitas STANYS (Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania)
    George STYLIOS (University of Herroit Watt, United Kingdom)
    Kenneth TINGSVIK (University College of Boras, Sweden)
    Darko UJEVIC (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
    Larry C. WADSWORTH (University of Tennessee, USA)
    Roger H. WARDMAN (Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom)
    Marijn WARMOESKERKEN  (University of Twente, The Nederland)

    Technical Committee:
    Vedran DURASEVIC
    Jelena HACKO
    Dragana KOPITAR
    Maja MAHNIC
    Ivana SPELIC
    Ružica SURINA
    Ivana VITLOV


Opening ceremony of the 12th AUTEX Conference

Outdoor meeting of participants of the AUTEX Conference in Zadar

After the concert in the Church of St. Demetrius

Fashion show

Excursion of the National Park of Kornati

National Park of Kornati Islands

Excursion with a boat

Conference Topics

  • Advanced Fibre and Materials
  • Advancements in Textile Processes
  • Textiles in Composites
  • Nanotechnology in Textiles
  • Biotechnology in Textiles
  • Medical Textiles, Comfort and Wellbeing
  • Smart and Interactive Textiles
  • Surface Modification, Coating and Functional Textiles
  • Colour and Dyeing
  • Advancements in Garment and Footwear Technology
  • Antoropometrics of Cloths and Footwear
  • Mass Customisation in Garment and Footwear
  • Quality, Environment, Energy
  • Technical and Protective Textiles and Equipment
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Development in Textile Machinery
  • Design, Fashion and Footwear
  • Textile Supply Chain Menagment
  • Textile Education and Training

Meeting at the University of Zadar

50 years of the textile study at the University of Zagreb and 20 years of the Faculty of Textile Technology

During 2011 the Faculty of Textile Technology celebrated its double anniversary: 50 years of the textile study at the University of Zagreb and 20 years of the Faculty of Textile Technology as a constituent unit of the University of Zagreb.

The Faculty of Textile Technology of the University of Zagreb is the only scientific educational institution of this kind in the Republic of Croatia, and it is also a reputable institution within the framework of international cooperation. The Faculty is a member of renowned international associations with which it maintains successful cooperation: AUTEX (Association of Universities for Textiles), DAAAM International (The Danube Association for Automation & Manufacturing), The Textile Institute Manchester (GB), CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies), IFKT (International Federation of Knitting Technologists), SDC (The Society of Dyers and Colourists), AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists).

Basic guidelines for the development of the Faculty are primarily related to the continuous improvement of curricula and the scientific and research work in national and international projects. Also, the Faculty fosters and develops a long-standing successful cooperation with economy.

In the last decade, as part of development strategies, a significant increase in teaching and working space was achieved, the planned procurement of modern capital and research equipment was realized and, being also very important, the number of junior researchers and assistants as well as scientific and teaching staff was significantly increased.

Since 2005 university study programs of Textile Technology and Engineering and Textile and Fashion Design, and professional study of Textile, Clothing and Footwear Technology have been performed by the Faculty. The university study programs of Textile Technology are performed in line with the Bologna process at three levels: undergraduate, graduate and doctoral and specialist studies. The study programs of all studies of the Faculty of Textile Technology are based on current scientific knowledge of textiles and textile technology, as well as on new developments and keeping track with trends in fashion design worldwide and the need to reaffirm and preserve autochthonous Croatian fashion statements.

The postgraduate doctoral study of Textile Science and Technology is based on research in the field of textile technology, materials science, textile chemistry and technology, and science in the field of garment technology.

At the Faculty approximately 1,200 students are studying, and 25 full professors, 14 associate professors, 11 assistant professors, 47 assistants and 12 lecturers are employed as the teaching staff of the Faculty. The Faculty has approximately 8,000 m˛ workspace for teaching and research purposes.

In the past 50 years of university education in textiles, the academic degree of bachelors of science was awarded to 972 students, while 73 postgraduate students were awarded their master's degree, and 38 postgraduate students were awarded their PhD degree. Scientific research and teaching activities are organized within seven departments as organizational units of the Faculty.

Leading scientists of our Faculty are the heads of 16 scientific research national projects and three programs in the field of textile chemistry engineering, clothing engineering and textile mechanical technology.

Among numerous FP7 projects, TTF takes part as the leading partner of the project FP7-REGPOT-2008-1: Unlocking the Croatian Textile Research Potentials (T-Pot, and as a partner in the project: FP7-SME-2007-2: Sustainable Measures for Industrial Laundry Expansion Strategies (SMILES). The Faculty is also a partner in another great FP7 project: One – shot Manufacturing on large scale of 3D up graded panels and stiffeners for lightweight thermoplastic textile composite structures (MAPICC 3D) in cooperation with 23 European faculties and institutions.

Throughout more than a decade 17 bilateral projects have been carried out by eminent scientific and professional organizations from the world of textile (Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Slovenia, Great Britain and Serbia).

Further information about the Faculty of Textile Technology available at:

Further information about the University of Zagreb available at:

The city of Zadar with the church of St. Donat

Kalelarga street in the city of Zadar

View to the city of Zadar

University of Zadar, the oldest in Croatia, founded in 1396.

Famous Sea Organs, not far from the University of Zadar

Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world

Walls of the city of Zadar

About the City of Zadar

Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar appeared for the first time in history in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians.

The Zadar peninsula still preserves very old network of narrow and charming city streets, as well as a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. The pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donat dates back to the ninth century, and it is certainly Zadar's most famous spot.

Throughout history, Zadar was the centre of key Croatian and Dalmatian cultural events: the establishment of the first Croatian university (1396), the writing of the first Croatian novel (1536) and the publication of the first Croatian newspaper. The famous permanent exhibition of sacral art and the traditional St. Donat Musical Evenings represent only a small part of numerous cultural events that Zadar offers to its visitors. If you are looking for a complete overview of information, please go to:

National park of Kornati not far from the city of Zadar

Hotel complex of Falkensteiner near Zadar, where the AUTEX Congress was oraganized.

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