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Prof Sir Konstantin ‘Kostya’ Novoselov FRS was born in Russia in August 1974. He has both British and Russian citizenship. He is best known for isolating graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, and is an expert in condensed matter physics, mesoscopic physics and nanotechnology. Every year since 2014 Kostya Novoselov is included in the list of the most highly cited researchers in the world. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for his achievements with graphene. Kostya holds positions of a Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is also part time Langworthy Professor of Physics and the Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester.    

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and undertook his PhD studies at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands before moving to The University of Manchester in 2001. Later Professor Novoselov joined the National University of Singapore in 2019. Professor Novoselov has published more than 400 peer-reviewed research papers. He was awarded with numerous prizes, including Nicholas Kurti Prize (2007), International Union of Pure and Applied Science Prize (2008), MIT Technology Review young innovator (2008), Europhysics Prize (2008), Bragg Lecture Prize from the Union of Crystallography (2011), the Kohn Award Lecture (2012), Leverhulme Medal from the Royal Society (2013), Onsager medal (2014), Carbon medal (2016), Dalton medal (2016), Otto Warburg Prize (2019) among many others. He was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours.

James Baker

University of Manchester

James joined the University of Manchester after 25 years in Industry where most recently he was Vice-President of Technology Collaboration Programmes and Managing Director of the Advanced Technology Centres for BAE Systems in the UK.

As the CEO Graphene@Manchester, which includes the business responsibilities for the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), he is leading on the creation of the graphene industry ecosystem in Manchester and developing the industrial partnerships and collaborations to accelerate the commercialisation opportunities for graphene and 2D materials.

James is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.
Anne’s research is based around the socio-cultural context of textiles, particularly the area of Urban Fabric - exploring interdisciplinary textile-based approaches to respond to societal needs and co-create more empathetic communities. Her work aims to stimulate social innovation as well as pushing the boundaries of sustainable pattern and material design.

Recent projects such as Home and Belonging with Crisis Brent UK and Patterns of Perception investigate the possibilities of textile-led co-creation to enable intergenerational exchange as well as communicating personal narratives around personal health and wellbeing. Anne is currently working on a British Council funded project with the Jaipur Rug Foundation building leadership confidence in female artisan-weavers.
Professor Parikshit Goswami (BSc (Tech), MSc, PhD, MRSC, ASDC, C Col, FTI, CText, CMgr, MCMI, FHEA) completed bachelor’s degree in textile technology and subsequently, he did his MSc in Advanced Textile and Performance Clothing, and his PhD from the University of Leeds. Professor Goswami is the Director of Technical Textiles Research Centre and is the Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at the University of Huddersfield. Prior to joining the University of Huddersfield, Professor Goswami was the Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Design, University of Leeds and he led the Fibre and Fabric Functionalisation Research Group. He is a member of Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), Education, Qualifications and Accreditation Board (EQAB), a trustee of SDC, and was a member of EDANA’s R&D working group. Professor Goswami is also the first academic to be appointed to the board of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).
Professor Stephen James Eichhorn
He graduated in Physics (BSc) from the University of Leeds in 1993, and obtained an MSc and PhD (1995-1998) at UMIST. He was hired as a lecturer in 2002 in the Materials Science department at the University of Manchester. He was Chair of Materials Science at the University of Exeter from 2011-2017. In September 2017 he moved to the University of Bristol. He was awarded the Rosenhain Medal and Prize in 2012 from the IOM3, the Hayashi Jisuke prize from the Japanese Cellulose Society (in 2017), the Swinburne Medal and Prize (IOM3) in 2020, and was the Chair of the ACS’s Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division. In 2021 he was awarded an EPSRC ED&I fellowship on Biobased Composites.
Steve Beeby is the Director of the Centre for Flexible Electronics and E-Textiles at the University of Southampton and leads the U.K.’s E-Textiles Network. He has received over £20 million research funding and is a co-founder of two University spinouts Perpetuum Ltd. and Smart Fabric Inks Ltd. He has co-authored/edited five books including Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems (Artech House, 2010). He has given over 30 plenary/keynote/invited talks and has over 350 publications and an H-Index of 57. His current research interests focus on energy harvesting, e-textiles and the use of energy harvesting in wearable applications. Prof. Beeby is a Fellow of the IEEE and has been awarded a prestigious RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies in E-textile Engineering.
Prof. Zheng is Full Professor at the Institute of Textile and Clothing, Associate Director of Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems, Lead Investigator of Research Institute for Smart Energy at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include surface and polymer science, nanofabrication, flexible and wearable electronics, energy conversion and storage. Prof. Zheng received his B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2003, and PhD in Chemistry at University of Cambridge in 2007, and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University in 2008-2009. He has published more than 150 papers in Science, Nat. Mater., Nat. Comm., Adv. Mate., JACS, Angew. Chem, etc. He is Editor-in-Chief of EcoMat, a flagship open-access journal in green energy and environment published by Wiley. 
Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. He has published two books, 220 journal articles, with 120 of them being corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews (2), Chemical Society Reviews (2), Nature Materials, Nature Electronics (3), Nature Communications (2), Science Advances, Joule (3), Matter (6), Advanced Materials (7), and many others. With a current h-index of 82, Dr. Chen was identified to be one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of Materials Science by the Web of Science Group. Among his many accolades are the ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award, Materials Today Rising Star Award, Advanced Materials Rising Star, ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award, Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigator Award, etc. Beyond research, he is an associate editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

Professor Chris Carr

University of Leeds

Chris Carr was awarded a Personal Chair in Textile Science and Technology at UMIST in 2004, and following the formation of the University of Manchester became Deputy Head of School of Materials (Textiles & Paper) until 2009. In 2013 he joined the School of Design, University of Leeds, as Professor of Textile Technology and subsequently became Head of School of Design until September 2020.

His main interests are in the modification of fibrous materials in order to improve performance and the complementary associated analysis of the material, in particular the surface chemistry. Research has focused on general wet chemical and biotechnological modification of textiles, novel colouration, fibre degradation and protective mechanisms (historical woven tapestry materials), hair performance and surface chemistry, recycling/sustainability, 3D weaving, paper technology and healthcare textiles/materials. He was a member of the Engineering Science and Technology Panel for the 2014 and 2020 Hong Kong Universities Research Assessment Exercises.

In 2008 he became a Liveryman in the Dyers Company in London and was awarded the Weavers Company Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile Education and Research in 2008. In 2015 he was awarded the Society of Dyers and Colourists Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile & Colour Education and is currently a Trustee on the Society of Dyers and Colourists Board.
Prof. Demirel, Lloyd and Dorothy Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials, is a scientist and innovator (National Academy of Innovators-NAI member) with expertise in biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials science. He is currently directing the Center for Advanced Fiber Technologies (CRAFT). Prof. Demirel's achievements have been recognized, in part, through his receipt of a Young Investigator Award from the Department of Defense, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, as a Wyss Institute Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, an Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter Junior Fellowship, The Nicholas and Gelsa Pelick Biotechnology Innovation Award and the Pearce Development Professorship, and a Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award. Prof. Demirel received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, and BS/MS degrees from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prof. Demirel is well known for his ground-breaking work on bioinspired programmable materials.
Professor Stephen Russell

Professor Stephen J. Russell

University of Leeds, UK

Stephen is Professor of Textile Materials & Technology, Director of the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), Director of the Future Fashion Factory CICP (FFF) and Director of the Clothworkers Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH) at the University of Leeds. He is a textile engineer and a specialist in nonwovens, with a background in both academic research and industrial product development. His research interests are in textile science and manufacturing, structure-property relationships of textile materials and the sustainable development of the fashion and textile industry. He is also a founder of NIRI Ltd, a successful University of Leeds spin-out company specialising in technical consultancy and product development, serving the global nonwovens industry.
Gulshun Ara Munni
Ms. Gulshun Ara Munni is working at H&M Bangladesh Production office currently as Business Governance Manager. She is accountable for the function of social/environmental sustainability validation, quality, label& packaging and shipping.

She had her graduation in Textile technology from Bangladesh University of Textiles.

18 years working experience in the textile industry starting from manufacturing, worked in various role in quality management, sustainability and supply chain business.
Professor Prasad Potluri

Professor Prasad Potluri

University of Manchester

Prasad Potluri is a Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites, Director of Northwest Composites Centre and Academic Theme Lead for the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester. He has been the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Fellow at the National Composites Centre and AMRC with Boeing. He worked as a Senior Design Engineer at Suzuki Motor Co.(1984-90) before starting his academic career at Manchester.

Professor Potluri has extensive industrial collaborations and has received funding of over £16 million and part of consortium grants worth £50million. He has been the Manchester PI for the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing HUB and the EPSRC Textiles Circularity Centre. He works at the interface of robotics, textiles and advanced materials.  
Professor Jane Harris
Jane is Professor of Digital Design and Innovation, Director of the Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute, University of the Arts London (FTTI, UAL), Director of the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology Creative R&D Partnership, as part of an £80million UK wide AHRC Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP), and Director of Research and Innovation (Stratford), which includes leadership of R&D initiatives aligned to the new UAL campus (Sept.2023), at East Bank, on the Queen Elizabeth Park, London. Also a Co-I on an EPSRC Digital Economy Network Plus Award, her research practice combines award winning expertise in textile design, and creative computing, with a track record of leading collaborative XR, design research and R&D. With board-level representation in sector-leading organisations such as the V&A, Scottish Arts Council, and advisory roles for the ACE, Crafts Council and Arts Foundation, Jane is advisor: to councils across UKRI, EU ICT, and various international Research Councils.  
Professor Kate Goldsworthy
Kate Goldsworthy is Professor of Circular Design and Innovation and University of the Arts London. She is Director, Centre for Circular Design (CCD), and Deputy Director, Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT), as part of the AHRC Creative Industries Cluster Programme (2018-2023).

As is a designer and academic whose research bridges materials science, industry and design, her methods are transdisciplinary & practice-led, with a focus on materials, manufacturing and recovery innovation in circular textile contexts.

Her design work has been exhibited and collected internationally and commissions include The Science Museum, The V&A and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Funded research themes include circular design speeds, design for recycling and research-led industry R&D.